I’m Casting Magic Missile: An Argument for Magic in Games

I, Joshua Turner a member of the body write unto thee the body abroad. I rejoice in your salvation and your wish to better each other. My soul delights when you gather to hear and speak the word together and join together in fellowship. It pains me though to see you argue and fight so much over trivial matters and even when arguing over those non trivial do so in an way that would not please out Savior.  For it is written

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.For every man shall bear his own burden.”

The main issue of argument though seems to be that concerning sorcery in the games you play. It is not uncommon for me to hear one of you try to make low a brother over such subjects and so I write unto thee.

Sorcery is a sin. That is made clear by the Word.

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

I thank the Father that none of you do these things. Even though you argue about them and I cannot go on without mentioning what has been revealed to me about them.

First being the “magic” of the Old Testament was one that came about by the forces of demons. No man could work his will or gain might be beyond that of a normal man without the aide of such spirits. There were many ways that these were done. The Egyptians used mathematics in the summoning and “control” of such forces. The Greeks made use of language and speech the wording and phrasing to attempt to bind spirits. The Druids along with many others made sacrifice and ritual to try to do the same.

All had one thing in common though, the use of spirits to grant them power. Some spirits were known as Zeus some as Thor it matters not though in what they were named but in what they did. The worship and partnership with these spirits is what is sinful and is completely against a relationship with Christ.

Magic true magic is not what normally goes on in games. Also these games do not teach magic or cause you to call upon actual spirits. I can assure you though if you are worried that Christ, our Savior is in control as all authority was given to Him in Heaven, and on Earth, and Under the Earth. Christ rules all things.

With that knowledge I am going to say games, books, tv, and other media that contain sinful things are not necessarily sinful. It is because of that it comes down to wisdom.

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful for me, but all things do not edify.”

and when speaking of food the Old Testament Law he said this in Acts

 “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.”

What you play, what you consume, is a wisdom issue. If it causes you to sin cast it out. If it does not cause you to sin use wisdom for it is not what goes into the body that defiles a man but what comes out of a man that defiles him.

Furthermore, if you were to put off any media that makes mention of sin or shows it you would have to do such to the Holy Word of God. Our God has written a wonderful story that we experience full, of sin, magic, demons, evil, hope, love, life, redemption, and so much more.  This being true and us being called to be like God I feel that making and experiencing games which have stories that contain those elements is not a sinful thing but a good one. God has given us the creativity and mind as well as technology to come up with worlds, and though many of them may seem full of sin so is our world. To properly convey a message of Christ crucified for the sins of man and that no matter what someone does he is dead in sin without the Holy Spirit, requires man to be dead in sin. If it were not for the fall Christ would not have shown His amazing love in such a way and attained so many titles, we also would not have gained inheritance with Christ and been raised up higher than the angels. So sometimes a great story requires some mess, a little sin, some magic but with all those it also needs a savior in it someone that will change things for the better. Sometimes Life is sad though and sometimes games should reflect that. Life isn’t perfect and neither should games be.

You may wonder though how this justifies a character you play performing magic or worshiping a god in the game. Well we preform magic every day. I can send an email faster than Gabriel can deliver a message. It took Gabriel 20 days to get a message to Daniel. We can just touch an object and light appears or sounds are played. We try to predict the weather. Many of these things of our technology could be seen as magic. They are gifts of God though. They can be harmless or dangerous in the wrong hands. Magic in games is more akin to that.

As well stop your argument about men worshiping gods in games for those stories are their own and our outside our realm. They are a figment and figmentive men are free to worship the figmentive gods of their figmentive world. Stories can exist in their own world with their own gods and in that world those gods can be “real”. I find it stranger to try to force God into every imaginary world than for it to contain imaginary gods that are real only in an imaginary sense.

So brethren, worship the Lord and love your brother. If a game causes you to sin cast it out but if it is good keep it. For if we are to judge a story by if characters in it sin we would have to cast out the Scripture itself. Something can take something sinful and redeem it. If things are as the great writer C.S. Lewis once said that nothing new has ever come from hell and sin but rather that sin is a twisting of something good than what is seen as “evil magic” can be redeemed and reforged into gifts that allow you to help others. If I was given the ability to heal all illness today it would be known as a miracle but if I labeled it in a game as magic you suddenly call it evil. Learn that Christ rules all and he can save the worst sinners from sin and change sinful things into beautiful ones.

I leave you with this do everything with wisdom. The Law has been fulfilled many things that were commands are now fulfilled. Fasting from certain foods as well as other things you consume is over. Christ has made the unclean clean he has redeemed it all. So go in wisdom play games, eat your food and drink your wine. Make merry for Christ has conquered death, hell, and sin.

As well do not argue with a brother who takes something differently than you. I may be wrong in these things but if I am Christ can forgive. If however you still say it is wrong to have magic in games because magic is sinful logically you should get rid of everything with sin in it you own, tv, movies books, all of it. Technology and medicine should also be gotten rid of because they can be considered magic. In that logic scripture itself should be gotten rid of because it makes mention of sin and the main characters sin, a lot. So go become a hermit or a monk, but here is the truth the world is full of sin and Christ redeemed it how much more do you think He can redeem what we make.Remember,

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

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