eSports, Computer Games, Uber Apps - What do These Have in Common With Demons and Mind Control?
I've recently learned about some ways unsuspecting people can become oppressed, harassed or even possessed by demons through computer games, esports or computer apps downloaded to your device or computer. Yeah, right, many of you may be saying. It sounded far-fetched to me too...at first. But when you learn about what goes on behind the scenes, you may think again about continuing to play them.
If you just look at the names of many of the games, you can't deny the demonic and satanic names. Just do a search for demonic comuter game apps.
Some are a little more subtle:
When our culture is saturated with things of this nature, I think some may not see them as demonic: words such as zombie, dragon, portal, dimension, etc., but maybe we start seeing them more as nonexistent "monsters". But those who believe the Bible, understand that these entities do exist, and that they are in the world even today, not just in Bible Times. In fact, since scripture gives us warnings that the things will get worse and worse as time goes on.
Our culture is so filled with these demon-related words that the titles and words don't really even register to our brains as demonic.
Here are some computer games with the name "Portal" or "dimension" in them:
Portal Power (by Nickelodeon)
Portal, Portal 2 Level Pack - Lego Dimensions
Portal, the new single player game from Valve.
Online game MoFunZone
Kogame: Portal 2
Mahjongg Dimensions and Towers
Mahjongg Dark Dimensions
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
Phineas and Ferb Across the Second Dimension
Dark Dimensions: Blade Master
So what is a portal, really? Apparently its like a tunnel through which evil spirits can travel to people, from another "dimension". Well, I don't know anything about things called "dimensions", but I can reason that, since we know demons and evil spirts are real, and that we can't see them (only manifestations of them), then there must also be something called dimensions, where they can be "seen".
Listen to these short videos. I'll let you come to your own conclusions.
Even if the worst imaginable has happened to you or your loved one regarding demon oppression or possession, there is still hope: in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is always the answer for our questions about what to do. Turn to him. He can heal you. In him there is forgiveness and deliverance.
Bible verses about evil growing worse, demons, Satan, and evil spirits in the Last Days:
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. NIV
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. NIV
So, some might be asking, "What about the Christian video games and computer games? Can't we play those? I can't answer that for you. Each lives unto the Lord. If you seek the Lord, he will answer it for you in your individual situation, and help you discern if "Christian" games are really Christian even. I can give you some general Bible verses about what he has already told us about how we are to spend our time:
1 Corinthians 7:29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. NIV
Are Christians helpless against these evil forces? No!
1 John 4:4-6 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirita of truth and the spirit of falsehood. NIV
How do we fight evil? With the Armor of God
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. NIV
Bible verses of Jesus' power to deliver people from demonic possession:
Acts 8:9-25 (The bible story of Simon the socerer).
Acts 16:16-18 (The girl fortune-teller).
Warnings to stay away from occultic practices:
Is There hope for Those Who are Involved in the Occult?
Psalm 103:1-6 1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed. NIV
Revelation 22:14-15 14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. NIV
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