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Has anyone else ever been condemned to hell for playing video games?

Updated on November 8, 2012
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I consider myself a Christian man, but not a bible thumper by any means. I have the “you do what you want” and “I’ll do what I want” attitude when it comes to having faith. I can’t stand extremist on any level, whether it be the “follow me or you’re going to hell” people or the “you’re an idiot for believing in a higher power” people. I know that really didn’t need to be said because I’m sure most people feel the same way, but this story is one of the reasons why I feel that way.

When I was younger, back in the late 80’s, I attended a Catholic school. Now, what I’m about to say isn’t a knock on the Catholics, but on the extremists who have a knack of taking things a little too far, hence the name extremists. Well as I was saying, the big console at the time was obviously the NES and like most people my age that played video games would recall, it was a normal thing to trade and/or borrow games from our friends. Games weren’t given to us a frequently as they are given to kids today, so to be able to play a wide variety of games, we had to trade with our friends or believe it or not go over their houses to play what they had.

One afternoon before heading home I was talking to one of my friends, he wanted to borrow Gauntlet and for the life of me I can’t remember what I was going to borrow from him, but I agreed. The next day at recess, not even during class, we break out the games to make the switch not really thinking anything of it. A nun walked by and saw what we were doing; she grabbed both the games and brought us into the office.

She saw the cover of Gauntlet which featured a wizard and whatever game he had featured some sort of demon or devil looking thing on the cover, which did not sit well with her. She read us the riot act, told us how playing these things was going to guarantee us a spot in hell, as if to imply grab your pitchfork and horns because you’re invited to a barbeque! Now, I may be heading to hell, if not already there, but I can tell you for sure my video game collection isn’t going to be the reason why!

She then decided she was going to keep the games and have our parents come in to pick them up, which was a big mistake on her part. I guess she thought she was going to fill our parents in on what was going on, with the hopes of “saving” us. I don’t think she realized we got these games from our parents and not some guy hiding out behind the school selling games in plastic baggies. My mother was not someone to play around with; especially when you try to keep something she had to spend fifty dollars on, let’s just say it didn’t end well for the nun.

If she thought Gauntlet was a bad, good thing she never came across games like GTA or House of the Dead: Overkill!

Has anyone else ever experienced something like this?

Michael


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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Ah, I love these kind of stories, especially when you tell them! I know one of my favourite internet critics, The Spoony One, had similar stories with the PC-RPG Ultima. And boy, was he in trouble as a kid. Many game cases had pentagrams, Hellfire and demons all in the background. Not to mention in Ultima 7 you could see ritual sacrifice and even a baby getting.... "handed over to Satan". There's a lot of controversy on those games back in the day.

      But the big thing I believe was the Columbine High Massacre, which many parents blamed video games for (The killers said it was to be like "Duke Nukem! F**kin' DooM!", or something from Wikipedia). I would love nothing more than going to a school like that and telling a Nun that I was actually doing her a favour, slaughtering demons from Hell with a double barrel shotgun! Of course, she'd probably draw the line at me cutting my own arm off and fixing a chainsaw to it.

      Voted up, interesting, awesome and funny! ^^

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      JTroll 4 years ago

      LOL this same thing happened to my cousin, exept he was playing COD: Black Ops Zombies...and the nun was like YOU WILL GO TO HELL FOR THAT! SINNER!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @JohnGreasyGamer most gamers have a solid grasp on reality and can play games, such as the ones you've mentioned, and walk away still as normal (and uninfluenced) as ever. People need to loosen up and stop thinking games are the cause of all things bad in this world...because they are not.

      As always my friend...thanks for the comment.

      @JTroll in their eyes...what do you think is worse...someone playing these games...or them for judging people for playing these games?

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      Hannah 4 years ago from Largo, FL

      Not really, but I have been condescended and looked down upon for playing games like Halo and Gears of War (which is a personal favorite) since they're both known to be violent or crazy.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Grab a Controller I've been there myself...too many people looking for something and/or someone to blame for all the bad in this world...instead of looking inwards...it's crazy.

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      Theophanes 4 years ago from New England

      I'm not a gamer but I can relate. Back when I had to live with my backwards extended family I was repeatedly threatened with hell.... for not going to church, for not wearing a dress when I did go to church (Oh my God! A woman in slacks! BURN HER!) for being "too worldly" (and here I thought that was a compliment) and most comically for watching a documentary on the Bible which had a rabbi talking about the Old Testament. Seriously. I couldn't WAIT to get out of that hellhole - no pun intended.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Theophanes it is very unfortunate that people who claim to be God fearing individuals go around judging others...while they should be looking at themselves and doing their best to be the kind of person God wants them to be.

      I must say though, most people who are truly Christians don't going around rubbing it in other people's faces and condemning them to hell...they try to live their life how God wants them to and they show their faith by example...not by words.

      By the way...you should really become a gamer...it's awesome.

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      glynch1 4 years ago

      I am all for showing one's "faith by example"; those who do not believe in Jesus need to see consistent Christian living from their believing friends. However, "walking the walk" is only part of the Christian life; we must also "talk the talk." "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word concerning Christ" (Romans 10:17). People are not saved by going to church (good works), but by trusting Jesus to save them from eternal, spiritual separation from God.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @glynch1 amen.

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