Thursday, January 22, 2009

Video Games and the Pursuit of Holiness

Which statement is more true?

Video games help a person grow closer to God.
Video games help a person grow further away from God.

3 comments:

  1. Unless you're playing Bible Adventures or a similar game on the original Nintendo... I'm pretty sure video games don't, in and of themselves, help you grow closer to God (I'm not even sure Bible Adventures would). However, I wouldn't go as far to say that all video games actively push one away from God either (but I can think of a few that would). Some scenarios that reflect both instances:

    Video games as relationship building leading to Christian communion and or accountability.
    Video games consuming all of an individual's time, energy, and money.
    Video games as a gateway to violence/pornography.
    Video games as a gateway to relate to other gamers.

    And then there's something in the middle that consists of just having a plain old good time.

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  2. Thanks for adding to the conversation! Do you have any thoughts on where that middle line should be drawn?

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  3. It probably varies from individual to individual. I would say that right now video games are not the most productive way for me to spend my time, but I find myself doing it anyway. They are a good way for me to unwind and regain some energy after a long, hard day of studying... but there are other ways to achieve the same goal while also building character and inducing thought/introspection. For myself, I would consider reading/watching news articles would be more socially productive. I would consider reading for pleasure to be more intellectually and spiritually productive. I would find exercising to be more physically productive. I don't find that playing video games is actively pushing me in the opposite direction though, just not helping me progress forward.

    I also wanted to add that the Wii is changing the way we game.

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What do you think?