In Joh 3:30, it says, "He must increase, but I must decrease." Or in another version it says, "He must become greater; I must become less."
If you let Christ take over who YOU are, and we love Christ, therefore you will be able to love yourself:
"Joh 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you."
And we are supposed to be vessels of love, no hatred towards yourself or your family. Fix it! Resolve it now! If you have Christ within you, with just a little bit of faith you can move a MOUNTAIN of a problem and overcome it! Believe!
Heavenly Father, according to your righteousness, reveal your strength towards the soul behind "the sound" and let it abide within him. Convict him of your truth and your will for him. You are the True and Faithful One, nothing is too hard for You. Amen!
I think David Michael just single handedly ruined this thread...
I seldom play that many different video games anymore. The ones I do are the ones I can play with my kids. Like multi user and stuff. Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Wii Sports, stuff like that. Oh and a dance one that I can't remember the name. Great exercise.
If i was with you, i would not play video games, not because its wrong, but because it can cause you to stumble in your faith, but this isnt the case for all of the body my brother.
However if you are being serious, the sound, that you hate your life, you figure you will never have kids ext, i believe you should step away from the gaming and know that the Lord Jesus Christ loves you enough to give up His spirit for you so that you would see Him and trust Him, love yourself as much as God loves you, Jesus did the will of the Father, dont hate yourself, Jesus loves you, God loves you, i love you, all the saints love you, love yourself and love all others just as God has shown you His love for you.
But seriously, your points are well taken. But there is no prohibition in the Bible against having leisure time. No one can spend all their waking moments working or spreading the Gospel.
With games like these I see two potential pitfalls.
1) Regardless of their content, they can be addicting. One can get so involved in a game that other things more important are neglected.
2) Violent content of some games (and book, movies, the Internet, etc.) can desensitize people to real violence and evil.
Before I became a Christian, one of my favorite games was Grand Theft Auto (Liberty City). The goal of the game is to become the baddest most violent criminal in the city. In this game, to get extra health, I could pick up a hooker. After doing my business, if I didn't feel like paying the hooker, I would just kill her and get my money back. I thought this was fun.
After becoming a Christian, I didn't play any games for a few years until I became more comfortable with the boundaries of life as God intended it. First game I played was Portal, which was a quite good puzzle type game with no violence to speak of. A good entertaining game to exercise the mind. Today I play other games but I am much more discerning.
Life is a balance of many things.
And now, off to save the Galaxy!
To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall. When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper. Daniel Webster, 4th of July, 1800, Oration at Hanover, N.H.
I asked the questions, "Does playing your video games help your relationship with God, etc..." to receive a truthful answer. If they are not hurting your relationships, praise God! But if they are hurting your relationships, then hopefully answering that question truthfully, with your conscience bearing witness to it, you would recognize it and turn from it.
"1Co 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. "
Thank the Lord that His mysteries have been revealed to us.
"Psa 90:8 You have set our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance."
We all sin in ways that we are not aware of. But once we are enlightened, let us turn from the bad things we do. Wine is not bad. But it can be bad for certain people. Food is not bad. But it can be bad for certain people. Not all video games are bad. But they can be bad for certain people. And sometimes just speaking the right word may bring the encouragement needed to overcome a problem that once seemed impossible.
Lastly, I quote 1 Thessalonians 5:11,14, for this was my inspiration to speak in this thread,
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing...
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted,
help the weak, be patient with them all."
I am also single with no kids. I enjoy video games. I enjoy movies. I'm not going to get up and go to work and then come home and stay burried in the bible 6 hours a night and all weekend because i have no wife and kids.
not a huge sonic fan but this game looks sweet,
here is 3 minutes of in game graphics.
the game comes out this year
If you guys want to see some new footage of TES V: Skyrim, visit g4tv.com
Watch the 13 minute video from E3. The game looks AMAZING.
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