Satan wants to do everything contrary to God and his word (The Bible). He has counterfeits to everything God has and will often add a lot of truth with his lies to deceive people. Satan himself is the father of sin. 1 John 3:8 says,
“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
Jesus is God come in the flesh to destroy the works of the devil. Jesus says in John 8:44,
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
Anything of the occult is a dangerous tool of the devil to keep people away from God and his word. Duel Masters may appear fun and innocent. But, is it really fun and clean?
Satan works in people’s minds in many cunning and deceptive ways. He knows children’s minds are young and impressionable and can be lured easily into many of his evil traps. He tries to reel people in with the small occult oriented subjects first, and then moves on to the heavier subjects later. He’ll mix good and evil things into these occult oriented subjects such as Duel Masters so that people overlook or misunderstand that aspect of it.
For example, take the MAGIC Trading Card game. When a friend I know was in college, he told me he saw people playing that game all the time, and the things in it looked and were really demonic, and the people who played it were acting very abnormal. It just seemed like they were messed up in the head. But we need to understand that these people didn't get into Magic and get that way right off the bat. They had a whole series of occult oriented games etc. (i.e Duel Masters, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon) that they played before. The occult goes even deeper than just role-playing card games, etc. There are deeper things of the occult such as spiritism, witchcraft, Astrology, fortune telling, demons, ghosts, goblins, vampires, and much more. Nearly all role-playing card games include most of, if not ALL these things. Let’s examine this game and check it against what God’s word (The Bible) says (the following is based upon the story from the Duel-Masters website):
Duel Masters is created by Wizards of the Coast who also make games like Pokemon and Magic the Gathering. This game has many players and fans and also exists in video games and more. Both children and adults duel with decks of cards. The game cards represent “awesome” battle creatures from five “mighty and mysterious” civilizations.
The first is the FIRE CIVILIZATION which is located in a volcanic and battle-torn land where various characters battle it out. It contains characters such as Armored Dragons, Armored Wyverns (winged dragons), Armorliods (robots), Dragonids (lizard like creatures who fight for honor and glory), Dune Geckos, Fire Birds, Humans, Machine Eaters, Rock Beasts, and Xenoparts (artificial life forms made by humans). You can already see signs of the occult in this.
Next, you have the NATURE CIVILIZATION which is carved from a savage world of primeval forests. Powerful beastmen use uprooted trees, axes, and swords to defend their territories. It also has killer plants and giant insects. It has characters such as balloon mushrooms and beast folk who tatoo their bodies with symbols representing ancient ancestors. In search for spirituality, they turn to the sky above the canopy imagining a paradise exists above them. They have many staircases built in trees. This alone is blasphemous against a creator God (Genesis 1:1). It also represents idolatry (worshiping false gods). Other things include Tree Folk, Snow Faries, and much more bizarre characters including Mystery Totems which are possessed trees! Is this weird or what? What is fun about possessed trees? How can this please, honor and glorify God.
It gets much worse! Their is the DARKNESS CIVILIZATION! The Bible says in John 3:19,
"And this is the condemnation, that light (Jesus Christ) is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
This location sprawls across a foul and poisoned landscape. Magic wielding demons command creepy, masked, undead minions! Nightmare creatures steal about with malicious desgins and monstrous worms and slimes pursue unsusspecting quarry. In this civilzation inhabitants are consumed with the desire for immortality! It has very weird creatures and characters such as Dark Lords which make up the governing class of the civilization This race practices secret arts, demand unconditional dedication and absolute obedience, wears “deceptively beautiful” masks, use weapons made of shiny metallic artifacts that look like condensed solidified darkness, have the ability to absorb life and regenerate, and influence their enemies through psycho-kinesis and heighten their abilities by sacrificing their pray! I don’t know about you, but this is really weird and it is so hard to imagine children or anyone involved in occultic portrayals like this. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22,
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
This is more than an appearance of evil. This glorifies the occult. The Bible says in Deut. 18:9-12,
“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 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.”
God calls the occult and anything that resembles it ABOMINATION. Their are creations of these Dark Lords such as Chimeras which are creatures that are a complex amalgam of many beings, with wildlife as the prototype. Their are Devil Masks which are a species made from the skulls of creatures that sought life after death. They view flesh and blood as the ultimate in excess. They feel superior to those who still possess it and believe killing them is an act of mercy. Their are Death Puppets which revel in the opportunity to create chaos and mayhem. Their are even “Demon Commands” which are either a beast, human, bird, etc. that can draw power from the corpses of their enemies. This civilization contains Ghosts who exist as spirits. They had attempted to gain “eternal life” by abandoning their bodies and now appear as a translucent fog in a 3-D image that resemble their orignal form before death! They cannot be sustained without power from the Dark Lord! Driven by uncontrollable jealousy and an obsession to destroy those who posess flesh, they can enter the psyche of their enemies to terrorize and drive them insane.
Parents, letting your children get involved in this stuff is insanity. The Bible says in Leviticus 20:6-7,
"And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God”
God wants to us to sanctify ourselves (set-apart), separate from things of the devil and the occult. There are also Hedrians, which are souls born from the sludge and ooze found in the polluted land of Darkness. They alter their bodies and are “cunning and cold hearted”. Parents, what are your children going to learn out of playing this? It won’t benefit you in any way, but rather it will hurt you and them. Their are Parasite Worms which resemble giant caterpillars with an enormous mouth. They exist with the help of the dead. After partially swallowing newly dead creatures, they activate the upper torso of the dead body, use its flesh as a shield, and manipulate its abilities for evil purposes. Also, Their is the Living Dead! They sought to attain immortality by infecting themselves with special strains of viruses, but became diseased! They contamiante the civilization with their diseases! Parents, Duel Masters is a deadly disease! It is true! What you have been reading is the Duel-Master story straight from the game’s web-site. There is more:
You also have the WATER CIVILIZATION which hails from a network of sunken cyber cities. Massive leviathans patrol the depths engaging enemies at the flip of a fin. Chip-jacked liquid soldiers stand ready to pounce while their overlords use techno guile and cunning to trap and manipulate their opponents. Its inhabitants “worship” technology. They are controlled by Cyber Lords. Through a chip inside them, they communicate and exchange information telepathically. Those with higher intelligence are able to alter their body shape in response to the environemnt. They can manipluate the sea water around them, transforming it into a weapon, armor, clothing, or transportation suitable for land or sea! This is a blaspehmous attack against Exodus 14 which talks about the Crossing of the Red Sea. It’s characters include Cyber Clusters (robotlike shellfish controlled by liquid people!) and Cyber Lords who communicate telepathically with other Cyber Lords, can control other races with their brain waves, resemble infants or fetuses floating in a cylinder of fluid, and fight using telekinesis when necessary but mainly take pride in developing skills to aviod war. Their are Cyber Viruses (creatures created by Cyber Lords that can disrupt the thought processes of a living creature and cause machines to malfunciton). Mind control is very dangerous and very occult oriented. You have Earth Eaters, Fish, and Gel Fish which are robot like creatures with chips, cables, etc. in them and yet can rapidly reproduce! Their are Leviathans, Liquid People (consist of web of glittering cables running through them), and Sea Hackers (wild mollusks) all used for various types of battle. Yes parents, Their is one more civilization.
You have the LIGHT CIVILIZATION! This floats among the clouds in celestial citadels. The highly evolved citizens deploy an array of ultra tech guardians. Some of these look like spacecraft. Others appear to be angels of technology. All are enigmatic and powerful. Its creatures believe in order, conservatism, obedience and eternity! They adhere to a strict hierarchy, with Light Bringers at the top of a highly developed system. This is very blashpemous against God and the Bible. Angel Commands are the most powerful soldiers in it and use a variety of weapons. Their are other weird characters such as Berserkers, Gladiators, Guardians (serve as defenders of the civilization), and Initiates (artificial life forms that serve Light Bringers). Light Bringers represent the highest authority and surround themselves with energy and are protected by other characters. They live at the core block of the Central City and within the core resides the archived data of every Light Bringer that ever existed! Mecha Thunders are part human and part alloy, hide in clouds, surround themselves with thunder and lightning, and create what appear to be natural disasters by controlling the weather! Blasphemy! God controls and creates the weather (Job 37; Psalm 147:15-18), magic and sorcery do not. Rainbow Phantoms were created to counter the threat of war in the light world. They have bodies of fabric-like energy that fill the sky with an aurora of color. They use this to battle. This is blasphemy against Noah and the Ark and God’s creation of the rainbow (Genesis 6 to 9:17). Finally, StarLight Trees, are floating trees that emit a faint light and attract other StarLight Trees and repel other races. Light Bringers grow them around the cities as natural barriers.
I hope you see the danger of the occult in all this. There is a book about the dangers of the occult and Satanism that tells about many scary things that people did, because their thinking had been INFLUENCED BY ROLE-PLAYING GAMES! There was a kid and his friend who actually murdered a girl as part of a ritual sacrifice to the ancient Babylonian god Arioch, a god they learned about through Dungeons and Dragons and had served in the game. There are numerous accounts of kids who got into deeper and very dangerous occult practices because they were primed for it by role-playing games....Games which their parents and friends initially thought were innocent fun. A lot of kids back in the 1970s and 1980s killed themselves or others as a result of the demonic influence of role-playing games.
The story ends with these very scary and dangerous words: “For many Duel Masters is just a fun game, but for some it is much more. It has been discovered that an elite few players can actually bring the card creatures to life in our world. Doing so requires passion and discipline. A sort of martial art, Kaijudo, develops and strengthens this ability. Kaijudo literally means the art of battling with giant monsters. Elaborate training halls and dueling temples have been erected to perfect this art. In the not so distant past two men had emerged as true Kaijudo champions. One, now known only as The Master, had his face scarred in a duel and now runs a Duelist temple. The other, Shori Kirifuda, has mysteriously disappeared.” This is really weird, very occult oriented, and far beyond a fantasy story. Your children are playing and getting deeply involved in Duel-Masters, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Harry Potter and so much more dangerous occult oriented tools of Satan and take them very seriously and make them a very important part of their lives.
We must realize that people's thinking is influenced by what we put into our minds. If I view violence on TV, it will make me more predisposed to violence. There are studies which show this to be true. Similarly, if kids spend hours a day playing a game where they are encouraged to cast spells, use magic powers, call on demons or gods, and other stuff like they do in ALL these games, won't they be more open to occultic suggestion and the influence of demons? Certainly they will be! These games are dangerous fire that you would be very wise to avoid at all costs! The Bible says we should be,
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." (II Corinthians 10:5)
God has designed that a child’s young mind and character are to be developed by the principles of His Word (Ephesians 6:4). Philippians 4:8 says,
“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.”
These are where are thoughts should be directed, not towards the things of the occult. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says,
“…Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
Can you use Duel Masters for the glory of God? Will it honor him? The occult certainly won’t honor and glorify God. Romans 12:9 says,
“...Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”
There certainly is evil represented in Duel Masters. We should abhor (HATE) that which is evil.
Do you know Jesus Christ as Savior? Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us to trust in God alone and seek His will in our lives and pray about it. Ask God if Duel Masters should be in your life and the Spirit will lead you to do what is right. John 16:7-13 teaches us that the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. Is the Spirit leading you? Or, is it the flesh?
We should be controlling what goes into our minds, and not allowing occult oriented material to take over where Christ rightfully should be in control. Romans 12:2 says,
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."
I John 2:15-17 says,
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever."
God wants us to keep ourselves from all the evil things the world wants to cloud and profane our minds with. He wants us to keep from occultism, paganism, satanism...AND the games which can start a person down the paths that might end up in those areas. They are of the world, and they are therefore NOT of the Father. They are against God and His will for your life. And as John said, the world and its system will pass away one day, but those who do the will of God will abide, or remain with Him for all eternity.
The most important aspect of God's will for your life, though, is to be SAVED from sin and eternal hell. Something only Jesus can do! Salvation is God's desire for you. Salvation can be given to you if you repent of your sins, and ask God to forgive you through Jesus Christ, trusting on the gift of His shed blood and sacrifice on the cross for you, and in His resurrection from death, all of which He did for you! If you are not already saved, Jesus wants to save you from a life of sin and eternal punishment in hell (Matthew 25:41-46;Rom. 3:23; 6:23) . Jesus shed his blood for YOU. He was beaten and wounded for YOU! His hands, feet, and side were pierced for YOU! He died on that cross of shame for he loved YOU so much! He was buried and rose again that ALL who trust in him could live (John 17:1 to 20:31). God gave us his word to show us we are sinners and that we need to be saved from sin and hell. No one can force you to trust in Christ. No works, church, or religion can save you. Only Jesus Christ can save you from sin by grace through faith in Him alone. Jesus is the joy of living. Without him we are nothing. Trust Christ before it is eternally too late (Hebrews 2:3). You will die someday. Where will you be? Please trust Jesus as your Savior today. He is at your heart’s door knocking this moment. Will you let him in? Your time on earth is short, but your decision for Christ lasts for eternity. Why not pray, meaning it with all your heart, and ask Him to save you today?
Isn't it worth considering at least, since the destiny of your eternal soul rides in the balance? Please at least consider what I'm saying here, which I say out of genuine concern and care for you, which God commands us to have one for another. Thank you for taking time to read this. I will be praying for you.
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