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Jun 8 2010, 08:01 AM (Post #1)
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Recently, I've been playing an online MMORPG known as Runescape. I've never had a major problem with it, until just yesterday. In order to advance with a quest in the game, you have to collect these things known as "ecto-tokens". How do you get ecto-tokens? Well, you have to worship something called an ectofuntus.

I felt dismayed that I had to do such a thing. Even though it's just a game, am I not consciously making something worship something else? I'm a Christian, and not supposed to be worshiping anything but my GOD.

What do you guys think?
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Jun 11 2010, 05:04 PM (Post #16)
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QUOTE (HAHAHA @ Jun 11 2010, 02:55 AM)
Wasn't it because during that era competing faiths had multiple Gods and to smite their competition, Christians enacted this doctrine as part of the 10 commandments?
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Who was talking about Christians?
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Jun 11 2010, 09:34 PM (Post #17)
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Yeah they weren't Christian back then, Christ hadn't been born yet. They were Hebrew.

I tend not to compare Judaism and Christianity with other faiths. After all, Judaism was a very radical religion in that it was the only religion at the time that adopted a monotheistic policy and claimed to have the one true GOD. Of course, I believe in this GOD, but getting back to the topic, it was really quite different from other polytheistic religions.
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Jun 18 2010, 07:10 AM (Post #18)
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QUOTE (Dancing Fool @ Jun 8 2010, 08:01 AM)
Recently, I've been playing an online MMORPG known as Runescape.  I've never had a major problem with it, until just yesterday.  In order to advance with a quest in the game, you have to collect these things known as "ecto-tokens".  How do you get ecto-tokens?  Well, you have to worship something called an ectofuntus.

I felt dismayed that I had to do such a thing.  Even though it's just a game, am I not consciously making something worship something else?  I'm a Christian, and not supposed to be worshiping anything but my GOD.

What do you guys think?
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Well, as a runescape player, I'll tell you, if you want cheap prayer experiance, that's the best way other than a pray alter in your home with a crazy construction skill level.

As a minister, I say quit playing runescape and give me your account, in objection to that part of the game. No seriously, how strict of a christian are you? Now, I'm ordained, but, I'm also a hopeless sinner who never intends to be anything else. I like women, booze, and drugs, usually all at the same time. I'm not really qualified to tell you to anything, really.

But, here's my opinion. The 10 commandments are the basic heart of the jewish faith. They are not the heart of the christian faith, Christ is. He made the 10 commandments a hard issue, you know, where he said all that about if you look at a woman with lust in your heart, you've committed adultery, and, if you have looked at a man with anger in your heart, you've committed murder.

But, he also did another thing. He exposed the real intent of the laws. IN MY PERSONAL OPINION, he changed it from actions to intents. If you want to cheat on your wife, it doesn't really matter if you physically do it or not, it's the same stain on your soul.

Well, now to apply that to runescape, let's ask, do you intend to be unfaithful to your God? No? Alright, good. Question solved. If you are faithful to your god, playing that game or not isn't going to stain your soul one way or the other. The fact that the question came up shows you aren't committing that sin.

That's my opinion.
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IT'S A f*ckING VIDEO GAME, QUIT OVERTHINKING IT!





QUOTE (AWESOM-O @ Jun 8 2010, 11:32 AM)
I play a game (Diablo) where we kill the devil. Which I'm pretty sure isn't very christian-like either, but I could be wrong.

As long as you don't have a shrine that you kneel before and pray to ectofuntus, I think you're fine. I suppose you can ask a priest for his opinion, though. Where is that guy, now that I think about it? Damn, I don't even remember his screen name. Cris Davis.
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minister, not priest.
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Jun 18 2010, 07:18 AM (Post #19)
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QUOTE (Dancing Fool @ Jun 11 2010, 09:34 PM)
Yeah they weren't Christian back then, Christ hadn't been born yet.  They were Hebrew.

I tend not to compare Judaism and Christianity with other faiths.  After all, Judaism was a very radical religion in that it was the only religion at the time that adopted a monotheistic policy and claimed to have the one true GOD.  Of course, I believe in this GOD, but getting back to the topic, it was really quite different from other polytheistic religions.
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not really true, there were many monothiestic religions, they were short lived.

Anyways, I don't like to compare judaism with christianity, because the two gods are completely different in character, IN MY OPINION. The jewish god is a wrathful god, that likes to punish his people by nearly obliterating them every couple hundred years. The christian god is a nice guy. Real forgiving. I like him, he's nice.

I think when it all comes down to it, God loves us as a father would.

Back in the day, you feared your father. If he layed the beat down on you, you didn't do anything, because, it was your father. You respected and feared him.

Nowadays, your father is that nice guy that takes you out to the ball game, and buys you stuff, and tells you that you are going to grow up to be president.

That's the difference between the jewish and christian faiths, to me. Different father figure to pattern thier gods on.
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Jun 20 2010, 12:19 PM (Post #20)
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"5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them;"

If you are worried, simply sit up straight when playing the game. And you are not consciously worshipping them. You are pushing a button so as to advance the mathematical programming codes which relate to the strength of a character in a game. You are not worshipping. You are pushing a button. You're safe.
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Jun 21 2010, 07:06 PM (Post #21)
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well, I'm going to argue that it doesn't freaking matter, because jesus redefined the tend commandments into 2, and re-explained the old 10 into being based on intent, not on action.

I hate it when people use the old testiment to explain things, ignoring the fact that they are christians, not jews, lol, and the old testiment is just about completely outdated by the new testiment, lol.

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Jun 22 2010, 02:25 AM (Post #22)
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QUOTE (Magic Man @ Jun 21 2010, 02:06 PM)
well, I'm going to argue that it doesn't freaking matter, because jesus redefined the tend commandments into 2, and re-explained the old 10 into being based on intent, not on action.

I hate it when people use the old testiment to explain things, ignoring the fact that they are christians, not jews, lol, and the old testiment is just about completely outdated by the new testiment, lol.
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Pretty much.
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Jun 22 2010, 02:27 AM (Post #23)
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Why isn't the bible just the new testament then? O.o
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Jun 22 2010, 02:52 AM (Post #24)
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QUOTE (AWESOM-O @ Jun 21 2010, 09:27 PM)
Why isn't the bible just the new testament then? O.o
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The New Testament is ultimately an extension of the Old, not a replacement. A lot of Christian ideology is congruent to Judaism; the Old Testament is a lot larger than the New, so it was just easier just to include it with the Gospel
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Jul 1 2010, 02:24 AM (Post #25)
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its a video game. praying at a chaos altar wont piss god off.
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Aug 21 2010, 11:08 PM (Post #26)
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QUOTE (Mr. Cris Davis @ Jun 21 2010, 07:06 PM)
well, I'm going to argue that it doesn't freaking matter, because jesus redefined the tend commandments into 2, and re-explained the old 10 into being based on intent, not on action.

I hate it when people use the old testiment to explain things, ignoring the fact that they are christians, not jews, lol, and the old testiment is just about completely outdated by the new testiment, lol.
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Then why are all 10 commandments in the New Testament?
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