J Clark Ministries

A recent headline caught my attention: “Video Game Allows Players To Make Up Their Own Religion, Become Gods.” A game called, “Godhood” is being produced by Abbey Games, and scheduled for release sometime in 2019. The headline pretty much says what the game will do.

I then went on Wikipedia and found a heading, “Religion and Video Games.” Here is an excerpt of what it said: “Games now involve moral decisions, rely on invented religions, and allow users to create and experience virtual religious spaces…concepts and elements of contemporary and ancient religions appear in video games in various ways:places of worship are a part of the gameplay…religious and spiritual themes {are used} to involve the players more deeply in the games.”

Next, I wanted to see the definition of religion.  One definition is, “a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.” 

Combine this definition with the hours spent by many young people every day playing video games. This entertainment has definitely become a religion. Now with “Godhood” coming out in 2019 players will be able to choose their own religion and become their own “god.”

So, what does the Bible say about all of this? James 1:26-27 provides an answer: “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his own tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

What are you going to give your heart to? To what endeavor are you going to ascribe “supreme importance?” You must decide between the god and religion of video games, or the one true and almighty God. Don’t hear me wrong. I am not saying that all video games are bad. They aren’t. However, games like “Godhood” and others like them, are replacing God, with lesser gods of one’s own choosing.

There is only one true God who sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of each individual person. Three days later he rose again physically and bodily from the grave. He defeated death! Those who believe on Him will also experience eternal life in heaven. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him will have everlasting life” (John 3:16).  Don’t allow video games, or anything else for that matter, to stand in the way of receiving the free gift of salvation in Christ.

 

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