Sunday, August 5, 2007

I Stopped Playing World of Warcraft

Today I said goodbye to my World of Warcraft characters. Probably forever.

It makes me quite sad. I started playing Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) in 1998, when my husband introduced me to Ultima Online. That was a fun game... I still remember the music, exploring the world, my cute little character. I had a little house that I decorated. I had a treasure hunter who would get treasure maps, go find the coordinates, and dig up treasure. I had a miner that would go out into the mountains and mine gold and other ores. I had a tailor that would make clothes. I even had a character named Jesus Christ who dressed in robes and was a carpenter.

Then we started playing Dark Age of Camelot when we lived in Italy. Since we lived overseas, we had my mother-in-law pick the game up and ship it to us international express mail so I could get the character names I wanted. We had a great time playing this game as well... most of my Ultima Online friends played this game with me as well.

I was planning on not playing any more MMORPGs after this, until my husband started playing World of Warcraft. I initially didn't play this game, but then he really wanted to play with me so he offered to buy me the game. So I tried it. Again, it was a lot of fun. I loved exploring the world, getting to level 70 with one of my characters, going into the dungeons and getting great armor...

So what made me stop? That darned conscience of mine. The whole witchcraft aspect. In Warcraft they have a Warlock class, who can have a pet known as a succubus... an S&M type demon character that helps fight for you. I never had one of those as I saw the obvious parallels to demons with that one. And I didn't really play a rogue, as I thought it was wrong to play a character that glorifies stealing.

Almost every class involved some sort of magic. Mages cast spells as their main source of damage. Clerics and priests cast both healing and damage spells. Hunters cast trap spells and spells to heal their pets. The warriors didn't really cast any spells, but they would drink potions and use spell scrolls to make themselves stronger.

Then there's the whole killing aspect. You had to kill to get treasure, to gain experience. Most of the creatures that you killed were monstrous, but then you'd go out and kill wolves or bears for some quests as well. That aspect struck me as well.

So I was going to not get involved in any more MMORPGs. But then I thought about the game some more... and I got scared. Could playing this game, knowing that there was witchcraft involved, be seen by God as sinful? Was my refusal to give this up a sin that I was not willing to repent of?

Most Christians know that adultery is a sin. But Jesus says that if you look at someone that you are not married to with lust, that is the same thing as committing adultery. Most Christians also know that witchcraft is a sin. The Bible says:

Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.


~ Galatians 5:19-21


I started thinking... if lusting after someone is the same as committing adultery, because you are imagining committing adultery... is imagining that you are casting spells the same thing as committing witchcraft? The Bible says that people involved in sorcery do not inherit the kingdom of God... clearly that is something that someone should repent of, and not willfully do. What if I died today, or the rapture happened? What if I got before Jesus and he said "depart from me, I know you not" because I refused to repent of the sin of witchcraft by continuing to play these games?

I was scared. I know that we are saved through faith in Christ, and it is not through our own works that we get to Heaven. However, are people that continue willfully in a lifestyle of sin truly saved? Perhaps, I am not God. I don't know who is saved and who is not saved. I know that there are people that believe that all you have to do is say a prayer and "ask Jesus into your heart." But what about the rich young ruler who came to Jesus and said that he followed the 10 commandments... when Jesus told him to go sell everything that he had to inherit the kingdom of God, he walked away sad, because he was not willing to give up his riches for Jesus. If it was a prayer that got your name written into the Lamb's Book Of Life, why didn't Jesus run after him and say "wait! All you have to do is ask me to come into your heart!" No, he did not do that.

Jesus said "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever will save his life shall lose it, but whoever will lose his life for My sake, he shall save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and loses himself, or is cast away?" (Luke 9:23-25) God doesn't want just an hour of our lives on Sunday morning. He wants us to live for him all the time.

But I'm rambling a little. There is a lot that I don't understand. I know that people have different beliefs on how you get saved. It's hard for my finite mind to understand fully. However, I do know this: eternity is an awfully long time. What would happen if I continued to play MMORPGs, casting spells with my characters, and then I found out that by doing so and not repenting, I was keeping myself from inheriting the kingdom of God? I can't say for sure. But as I thought on those things, I decided that I would not take the chance. I didn't want to put it off until November when my account that I paid for ran out. When people of the New Testament times gave up their witchcraft books, they burned an extraordinary amount of spellbooks. I'm sure that it probably hurt them to think of how much $$$ was being burned, but they did it because that was what they thought was right.

MMORPGs are very popular. I know why they are... they are fun. Daniel says that the Antichrist will cause craft to prosper... meaning witchcraft, not doily making. In Revelation the Bible specifically mentions that people did not repent of their sorceries. Which in the Greek is pharmakeia, which can also be translated as drugs... perhaps the Bible means both. But I'm sure that the popularity of books like Harry Potter, and the popularity of spellcasting in MMORPGs, is no accident.

It was a very hard decision for me to give up this game that I love. I have a lot of good memories with these games. It took me years to make this decision to give them up. But my conscience is now lighter.

15 comments:

Secret Rapture said...
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Laz said...

Excellent post. I too was hooked on video/computer games. I did play Warcraft II back in the day, but not to the extent I indulged in Starcraft and Civilization III.

Not that I think that these are inherently good or evil but one must take into account the amount of time invested in something which will never, ever matter.

Thanks for commenting at my blog,

Laz

amagner said...

As for me I play WOW with my husband and of course when I was staying at my moms for awhile, I was playing the game on my laptop and when she seen that she told me that the game was witchcraft and these things that she saw shocked her cause I was playing the game. She is a Christian as well as I am, and after she told me about what they were and stuff like that I was scared myself. I still play but to hard to let go, but after I read what you wrote, that made me believe I wasn't the onlyn one thinking that WOW is witchcraft. My husband thinks otherwise, but all I can say is thank you and I'm glad I seen your blog.

Raymond said...

Excellent post......I'm so glad that others have done what I have done...we are not alone wooohoo. I also played WoW for little over a year..and out of the blue I was sitting and contemplating "what the heck amI doing?" I wasnt being productive, things werent getting done around the house and I was just consumed by this game. I thought a little more and yes it was hard..but when I looked into the scriptures and also my conscious tugging hard at me I had to stop playing that game. I knew that the games core is based off everything evil..from Druids..Warlocks, rogues,killing possessing, summoning and everything else I didnt mention. Anyways as I found myself not playing MMORPG'S I have began to do what I always liked doing when I was younger and that was read about and study the scripture and trying everyday to be a good person and renewing and strengthing my faith in Jesus Christ my Savior. So I thank you and everyone who posted ...GOD BLESS YOU ALL and remember we may be few but we are never alone...:)

Daniel said...

My Name is Daniel and I have been playing wow for about 6 months. I love mmorpgs and have played Asherons Call, Ever Quest, Dark Ages of Camelot, Lord of the Rings Online. I got started with Asherons call with a co-worker on my job.
I quit playing in 2005 when I was working more than I had time to play.
I have 3 step kids that love and play video games.
their father and I are friends and he introduced to me to wow which is AC on steroids. A month ago a very close Godly freind of mine moved down from up north and has been living with my family and I. He was deep in D&D and all kinds of Witchcraft. He is a person who wants everyone to live by the words of the bible in everyday life without error. He hated me playing wow with my kids and with their father. We had a lot of fun and great laughs. I Justified playing because I would not let the kids play horde, Warlocks, or Rogues. I told them it would be best to be a warrior, paladin, or priest. After playing for 2 months my son begging me I let him have a mage because it was just a game and and not real magic.
Since my friend has been here I have battled with this game. I even met two preachers that play to "Share Christ in fantasy"
So I have decided to create a Christ mmorpg based on scripture to replace WOW. so Pray God send the right people to make this a reality. my email is divinebusiness@gmail.com (I am not try to advertise
just want peoples Ideas) We are years away at this point. So I am going to ask God to forgive me and teach me how to be more Holy and closer to Him.

Love Always in christ,

C. Rodgers said...

My wife, son and I all started playing a few years ago. Honestly since I have quit I feel like a yoke has been removed from my life. I look back at the time I wasted online and neglected the time to spend with my family and my God. These type of addictive MMO's are not only witch craft and demonic in origin, they are breaking the strongest commandment our Lord could give us. Thou shalt have no other God's before Me.

This game became an Idol to my life. I myself found I would skip church and play WoW because of it. The game would draw me in and I would have every intention in the world to go to church on Sunday. Sunday would come and go because Saturday night was raiding night and it would always keep me up late where I would sleep in the next day.

My wife and I not only canceled our accounts but deleted the games off our PC's and threw out the media for it. I had initially thought about selling my account but in no shape form or fashion would I want to entangle any other person in the bondage I put myself in for so many years.

PastorSteve said...

I have never played any of these games but I always research them to see what they mean. This is what the apostle Paul told young Timothy:
"The (Holy) Spirit clearly says that in the latter times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron." 1Timothy 4:1-2.
I believe that these games and many movies and TV shows are some of the numerous ways that the devil is desensitizing humans and silently infecting them with seemingly harmless demonology. But when Christ comes, those who have dabbled in these magic arts will be cast into the lake of fire with Satan and the other fallen angels. This is the good news though. You can repent, ask God for forgiveness and believe in the Lord Jesus and He will cleanse you with His blood and sanctify you. The bible says that unless you repent,"you will all likewise perish". Remember your first love and do the things you did when you first met the Lord and He will restore you because He loves you dearly and wants you with Him for all eternity.
Pastor Steve Magua-smagua@hotmail.com

Sai Kit Lo said...

Hi

I have always consider myself to be a godly Christian who have loved the God with all my willpower and knowledge.

However, I had been hopelessly entangled by the Warcraft and diablo series before.

When I was first addicted to games it was Diablo, and then Warcraft 3. They were so addictive and I renounced them from day 1, but I seemed to go round and round in circle and not getting the freedom I wanted.

Whenever I played I was worried the Lord would come for Rapture right at that moment and He was not going to take me along because I was too busy gaming at the time.

It was so painful for my emotions but I was addicted.

You mentioned about Rapture and I am telling you, yes, I am 100% positive that gaming might get you stuck on earth when the Rapture happen and if you died during gaming witchcraft kind of games before there was a chance to repent salvation is certainly at risk.

This was what I think the Lord had informed me. A strong warning.

However, traps like WOW and other traps were so common in this generation. They were like everywhere.

We Christians got a lot to do, otherwise many people will end up left behind by God during Rapture and face Hell when they die.

Sai Kit
Bible-verses-insights.com

Sam said...

My husband has been addicted to WOW for about 3 1/2 yrs. Started playing D&D years ago... I always felt uneasy about this stuff... now that I am a stronger Christian I know it's witchcraft/occult based. Our marriage is failing because he has ignored me and dropped out of real life into "fantasy" life. He is not talking to me because I uninstalled game & destroyed disks due to all his broken promises. He says he is a Christian, yet he is unwilling to face the hard truth of God's Word. His refusal to go to counseling (for the 3rd time) is adamant-- but says "I" need counseling. I agree-- I am so depressed/lonely/heartbroken that after 32 years he doesn't want to save his marriage. He says he "can't make me happy"-- I tell him he hasn't been trying because he was always on the computer. He seems to think he is absolved of any responsibility for the state of our relationship. I am at my wits end....have been praying God will open his eyes. Meanwhile he has not bought the game again....but if he does I can't take any more. Every day was a rejection for me... and now that he doesn't have WOW he's sunk into a depression like someone died. I feel "tolerated" but not loved, don't know how long I can stay in this hell that WOW has created.

Guyver01 said...

yeeeah...It's just a game. And I'm sorry, but I wouldn't play any Christian based games because they tend to preach too much. While WoW may have "witchcraft" and whatnot in it, it doesn't go on and on about how magic is the central role of the game.

The central role of the game is to have fun playing, make friends, and defeat those who would try to destroy the world.

If anything, this game preaches tolerance most of the time. Especially in the face of a larger evil. Take the Argent Dawn. There are races from both the Horde and the Alliance among there ranks.

Unlike the real world were certain people wouldn't be allowed to join a Christian army since they weren't Christians themselves, the characters in this game will do whatever it takes to get the job done. To them there is no god, no Allah, no Zeus, etc. There's only the light and those that would destroy the world are the darkness that withers in the light.

So don't start about being worried about witchcraft in games. That sort of talk makes me think you're one of those people who burn Harry Potter books. You wouldn't happen to be a member of the Westboro Baptist Church would you?

If people get addicted to it and start neglecting life, then that's their fault. Take me for example, I play the game like crazy and last semester, I had a b average in college.

geoffrey2300 said...

I have been playing wow everyday during all my free time and had no intentions of stopping until I discovered this page on wow and witchcraft, and I know it was the love and grace of God that someone posted this to wake me up from my fallen condition. I did not realize that playing this game was grieving God, but having read the authors points and the comments, I am fully persuaded that God is lovingly exposing this game as something Jesus would not play, thus neither should i. Thank you for warning me, may God bless you!

Mark said...

I played WOW for 3 years, I saw the Witchcraft side of this right from the beginning. So I stayed away from all the characters that had anything to do with casting spells, or any kind of magic ( even attacking with a knife was a spell, but I stayed away from the obvious ones). so I only played rogues, hunters, and warriors.

I did not do any quests that had anything to do with spells, potions or magic.

I finally Quit, because the Witchcraft part of this game was getting more obvious and worse.

I am sure they would have called this game "world of witchcraft" instead of "world of warcraft" if they thought they could get away with it.

Mark

Mark said...

I played WOW for 3 years, I saw the Witchcraft side of this right from the beginning. So I stayed away from all the characters that had anything to do with casting spells, or any kind of magic ( even attacking with a knife was a spell, but I stayed away from the obvious ones). so I only played rogues, hunters, and warriors.

I did not do any quests that had anything to do with spells, potions or magic.

I finally Quit, because the Witchcraft part of this game was getting more obvious and worse.

I am sure they would have called this game "world of witchcraft" instead of "world of warcraft" if they thought they could get away with it.

Mark

Mark said...

I played WOW for 3 years, I saw the Witchcraft side of this right from the beginning. So I stayed away from all the characters that had anything to do with casting spells, or any kind of magic ( even attacking with a knife was a spell, but I stayed away from the obvious ones). so I only played rogues, hunters, and warriors.

I did not do any quests that had anything to do with spells, potions or magic.

I finally Quit, because the Witchcraft part of this game was getting more obvious and worse.

I am sure they would have called this game "world of witchcraft" instead of "world of warcraft" if they thought they could get away with it.

Mark