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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What books appear Christian but are not?



Hello All,

Please check out the following link http://www.christianresearchservice.com/masterlist1.htm for a great resource from the Christian Research Service on books and authors NOT to read!  I copied a list of the topics that are covered in this exhaustive list.   Thank to CRS and keep up the great work!

Chris

  List of Authors and Books Not Recommended
by Christian Research Service

Contemplative Spirituality, Cultic, Emerging Church, Heretical, Homosexual, Lesbian, New Age, New Apostolic Reformation, Pro-Gay, Purpose Driven, Transgendered, and Word-Faith Authors and Books Advertised and Promoted within Online and
Walk-in Christian Bookstores Worldwide




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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon; is it evil? Doe's it have occult ties? Part 1

In light of the popularity/controversy of the Bakugan article, I want to continue on the theme of anime' and it's games, TV shows, movies and more.  Today we will look at Yu-gi-oh and Pokemon.  This is an article from Study to Answer.net  which sums up the Biblical view on such games.  If you want my opinion as well, check out the original Bakugan post and follow up post as well as the comments section on both articles here.

It doesn't take an astute Christian to realize that our children should not be playing with the withcraft and black/white magic portrayed here.  I mean seriously, look at the symbolism in this fan's artwork of some of the characters from Yu-gi-oh.

Here is their own description of the picture they drew. You can't tell me this fan doesn't "worship this idol".....T


This is some Yugioh fan art. I was given the idea from a kind commentor on another Yugioh picture in my gallery. It sort of sums up the relationship between the characters, which those of you who have watched the show will understand. The characters I have drawn here are: Malik (confused whether he should be evil or not), Isis (Malik's concerned sister), Bakura (is already evil and wishes to take advantage of Malik), Yugi/Yami (in a duel with Seto Kaiba) Seto Kaiba (looking at his special card....thing). There are also two very famous Yugioh cards: Yugi's Dark Magician, which is up against Seto's Blue Eyes White dragon. This was a really fun picture to draw, so I hope you like it!

This picture alone has the "All seeing Eye" around the neck of the girl on the bottom left (Here are the occult meaning of these symbols from Kjos Ministries ALL-SEEING EYE: A universal symbol representing spiritual sight, inner vision, higher knowledge, insight into occult mysteries. along with the pyramid....TRIANGLE (earring pictured)Associated with the number three. Pointing upwards, it symbolizes fire, male power and counterfeit view of God. (See pyramid) To Christians, it often represents the Trinity. Pointing down, it symbolizes water, female sexuality, goddess religions and homosexuality.

It is a brand new year at the Duel Academy and the students are excited to start school. You are placed in the Slifer Red Dorm, and soon after the start of the school year, strange things begin happening. As soon as these odd occurrences begin, you start hearing the voice of spirit duelist. This spirit is a good spirit and will help you duel and solve the mysteries surrounding the Duel Academy.

Here is the article:

I’d like to start by saying that I am writing this because I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I want to serve, honor, and glorify Him. This article is not about "religion", it is about helping people to escape Satan's deceptions and trust the Lord Jesus Christ, who wants to be their personal Saviour. I believe the Bible is God's preserved, inerrant, and infallible word and it is the sole authority for all mankind to live by for it shows us that we are sinners (The 10 commandments show us that). It shows us how only Jesus who is God come in the flesh can save us.
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
It teaches us how to live holy and godly lives. Most importantly the Bible is intended to help people come to know the Lord as their personal Savior from sin and hell. I am not making up what is in this article, I am basing it on God's Word and not my own thoughts or opinions. I want to warn people about the satanic deception and influence that can be subtly introduced into a person's life by playing the game. Satan is a very cunning deceiver,
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." (I Peter 5:8)"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light...." (II Corinthians 11:14)
He uses the occult to ensnare the minds of people, and he works to introduce people to the occult by using supposedly "innocent" games like Yu Gi Oh. This article is not intended to be a personal attack upon anyone reading it, but instead to simply show the dangers of the occult and how Yu Gi Oh relates to it. I hope that you will find this article helpful and informative, and I pray that this will be a blessing to you.
The answer to the question above, my friend, is the devil (satan), who uses his demonic power to blind the minds of children and adults nationwide to the dangers of Yu-Gi-Oh. Yu-Gi-Oh is an occult oriented game and anything of the occult is dangerous. You say, “that is ridiculous! Yu-Gi-Oh is just kids stuff, a card game, a cartoon!” That is exactly what Satan wants you to believe.
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. Yu-Gi-Oh 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 put things like promotion of friendship, etc. into these occult oriented subjects such as Yu-Gi-Oh 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 abnormally. It just seemed like they were being changed or dominated by something. 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 Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon) that they played before which led up to their involvement in Magic, AD&D, Shadowrun, Etc. The occult goes even deeper than just role-playing card games and cartoons. There are deeper things of the occult such as spiritism, witchcraft, fortune telling, demons, ghost, goblins, vampires, and much more. All of this begins from “little” things such as Yu-Gi-Oh.
If you don't believe that Yu-Gi-Oh is really occultic, that I'm just overreacting and reading more into the game than I should, then read the text below, which comes straight from the official Yu-Gi-Oh website:
"Meet Yugi, and his best buds, Joey, Tristan, and Téa. They share a love for the newest game that's sweeping the nation: Duel Monsters!Duel Monsters is a card-battling game in which players pit different mystical creatures against one another in wild, magical duels! Packed with awesome monsters and mighty spell-cards, Yugi and his friends are totally obsessed with the game.
But there's more to this card game than meets the eye!
Legend has it five thousand years ago, ancient Egyptian Pharaoahs used to play a magical game very similar to Duel Monsters. This ancient game involved magical ceremonies, which were used to foresee the future and ultimately, decide one's destiny. They called it the Shadow Game, and the main difference back then was that the monsters were all real! With so many magical spells and ferocious creatures on the earth, it wasn't long before the game got out of hand and threatened to destroy the entire world! Fortunately, a brave Pharaoh stepped in and averted this cataclysm with the help of seven powerful magical totems.
Now, in present times, the game has been revived in the form of playing cards.
Meanwhile, Yugi's grandfather gives Yugi an old Egyptian puzzle that no one can solve, but when Yugi finally pieces the puzzle together, his life is forever changed. The puzzle instills Yugi with incredible powers, and ultimately creates his alter ego, Yami Yugi!
Soon after, the mysterious creator of the Duel Monsters card game, Maximillion Pegasus, kidnaps Yugi's grandfather and Yugi is drawn into a Duel Monster's competition that Pegasus arranged. Now Yugi must duel his way through a tournament and defeat Pegasus in order to save his grandfather.
How will Yugi do it? Will the help of his friends, his belief in the heart of the cards, and the mysterious power of his magical Millennium Puzzle be enough?
Giant monsters! Powerful magic! And ancient Egyptian legends! Yu-Gi-Oh! King of Games! is one action-packed adventure series that holds all the cards! It's your move.
Egyptian Pharaohs playing magical games, casting spells, and summoning giant monsters. This should certainly sound occultic by any reasonable definition of the word. And Yugi and his buddies are obsessed with this game, just like the makers of Yu-Gi-Oh want YOU or YOUR CHILD to be, too.
Yu-Gi-Oh has rapidly captured the minds of many of all ages all over the country. It is everywhere...video games, cartoon shows on TV, movies, comic books, toys, clothing, VHS videos, DVDs, and the wildly popular collector card game. Kazuki Takahashi created Yu-Gi-Oh in 1996. It is the story of Yugi Mutou who is given an ancient Egyptian puzzle, which he puts together. This Millennium Puzzle has a secondary personality buried deep within it that comes out whenever Yugi needs to play a game - usually when he is in trouble. This is when the personality comes out and requests playing a game. When he unlocks the secret to this puzzle, Yugi unexpectedly receives a powerful alter ego that will help him defend the world. The TV series is in many volumes called “The Manga”, and some portray Yugi getting involved in games similar to Russian Roulette!. These portray the Occult in so many ways. There are even 3 “God” cards entitled Obelisk, Osiris, and Ra, which can be used to physically harm the opponent! Since Yu-gi-oh has these cards and themes about "ancient Egyptian puzzles bringing up spirits" and has references to calling upon pagan gods, that's demonic! The Bible tells us that paganism, with its false gods and idols and so forth, is satanic in its origin. Speaking of pagan idols (images of false gods), the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:20,
"But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to DEVILS, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils."
Now, the Yu-gi-oh cards which encourage (even if in the context of a game - how best to indoctrinate impressionable young minds?) calling on pagan gods, etc. are just promoting pagan worship and occultism. This sort of stuff is strongly connected with the occult. 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. As of 1989, role playing games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, were considered to be "significant factors" in at least 125 murders or suicides worldwide1.
We must realize that people's thinking is influenced by what we put into our minds. If I watch a bunch of violent stuff 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, from Yu-Gi-Oh to AD&D, 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). God wants his children to have a completely different focus. There is a battle going on in the minds of our children. In fact, Satan and his diabolical hordes want to corrupt the minds of children and adults as well! He loves using Yu-Gi-Oh, Harry Potter, Pokemon and more to blind the minds of Children to see their need to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and serve him by obedience and faith in the Word of God. One of the problems is that Satan is getting the upper hand because people are oblivious to the tactics Satan is using to pollute our minds. Satan, through his human helpers, uses subtle, deceptive methods to advance his evil doctrines. So, how can we protect ourselves from this? We must measure Yu-Gi-Oh paraphernalia by the principles of the Bible to determine if it is acceptable. What does the Bible (God’s word) say about Yu-Gi-Oh? You have already read a few verses previously that should help you see the dangers of the occult. 

The name Pokemon is derived from Pocket Monster. Pokemon has entertained Japanese youth since 1995. In the United States, it has rapidly captured the minds of children all over the country. Pokemon is everywhere...Nintendo video games, cartoon shows on TV, movies, comic books, toys, clothing, VHS videos, DVDs, and the well known collector card game. It is not as popular as it was a few years ago, but the video games, movies, and the card game are still very popular with children and even adults of all ages. Most characters are either headstrong, stubborn, self-centered, vindictive, obnoxious, hormonal, sexually preoccupied, evil, thieving, cross-dressing characters and are DEFINITELY not role models! They do not portray any Biblical values. The Devil (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. He wants to keep us from knowing Christ as Savior! Pokemon may appear fun and innocent. But, is it really fun and clean?
Pokemon portrays supernatural, occult powers and symbols which are very dangerous to the minds of young children causing nightmares, bad actions, and more. It beckons the young spectator to enter the manipulative and wicked realm of role-play. Kids are carrying around their Pokemon like a magic talisman. They feel it can bring out psychic, and other supernatural powers in themselves. The so-called fantasy just-for-fun world of Pokemon has already conditioned many children to be receptive to occult powers. It promotes occult values, not Biblical. It’s subtle suggestions, images, and values are manipulating the minds and feelings of the children who are into it. It conditions them to accept humanistic wisdom and occult spirituality. Involvement in Pokemon blurs the player’s ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality and sears the conscience of the player as well. It is designed to be a stepping stone to harder occult-oriented games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, made by Wizards of the Coast, who are the makers of Pokemon!

There is a battle going on in the minds of our children and grandchildren. Satan is getting the upper hand because people are oblivious to the tactics he is using to pollute their minds. Satan, through his human helpers, uses subtle, deceptive methods to advance his evil doctrines. So, how can we protect ourselves from this? We must measure Pokemon paraphernalia by the principles of the Bible to determine if it is acceptable. What does the Bible (God’s word) say about Pokemon and Yu-gi-go? This tract is written from a Biblical perspective.


Remember that these are not my words, these are GOD’S.
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” (These things certainly relate to the occult. Wouldn’t they relate to Yu-Gi-Oh?)
I Thessalonians 5:21-22 - “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good”. “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (Yu-Gi-Oh certainly has an appearance of evil.)
Philippians 4:8 - “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.)
I Corinthians 10:31 - “…Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (Can you use Yu-Gi-Oh for the glory of God? Will it honor him? The occult certainly won’t honor and glorify God)
Romans 12:9 - “...Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” (There certainly is evil represented in Yu-Gi-Oh. God tells us to abhor (HATE) that which is evil.)
These are only a few scriptures that refute Yu-Gi-Oh and the occult in general. If you know the Lord 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 Yu-Gi-Oh 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 to Yu-Gi-Oh? Or, is it the flesh?
We should be controlling what goes into our minds, and not allowing occultic or occultic-like 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."
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