HI Charles,

Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself. I mean some of these
religious types need to just need to relax and look at things
rationally. They also need to draw a line between  harmless make
believe and reality.

I too have been harped on by religious types about alcohol, but they
clearly don't know what they are talking about. I'm not a drunk, an
alcoholic, and I have a glass of beer or wine once and a while and
that doesn't make me into a drunk by any means. Yet there are people
who constantly tell me I'm going to hell because of it. That's just
stupidity talking.

I could talk about my choice in music, the games I play, what I drink,
the way I whare my hair, and some religious person will have something
to complain about. So I don't worry about it. All I care about is my
own personal relationship with God, and let him decide if what I'm
doing is right, wrong, or otherwise. Everyone else can go jump in a
lake if they don't like it.

On 2/27/11, Charles Rivard <woofer...@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> What are your own personal beliefs about playing games?  Those are more
> important then the beliefs of an intolerant Church that bases all games on a
> single aspect that may or may not be the main theme of the game.  The same
> goes for books.  I base my beliefs of a book on what I have read rather than
> what I have been told by others about the book.
> In the case of Sarah, do you believe that Phil wants anything to do with
> anything against God, or that he wants others to stray from God?  When
> deciding to play a game or not, I think it is more important to base my
> beliefs of a game's merit on how the game affects me.  If it causes me to
> become a violent person, if it changes my character, if it changes how I
> deal with others, then I should not play that game.
> When I was a kid, the church I attended did not believe in the use of cards
> in games.  They believed that playing cards would lead to gambling and was a
> sin.  I did not believe it.  I am not a gambler to this day.  They also did
> not believe in dancing because it would lead to sinful behavior.  They felt
> the same about drinking alcoholic beverages.  I have done all 3 of these
> things.  I am a Christian.  I am not an alcoholic, I do not partake in
> sinful behavior with women, and I do not gamble.  What matters is what you
> do with what is presented to you, not the material itself.  If you allow it
> to affect you in a nonChristian way, it is not the fault of the game, the
> beer, or the women.  It is the fault of you.  I am adult enough to know the
> difference between reality and make believe, and I do not allow one to creep
> into the other.  Phil's game is a game, and nothing more.  Shades of Doom is
> a game, and nothing more.  I will never kill someone in real life because of
> a game I have played or a book I have read.  I am a big fan of the Harry
> Potter series, but will never try to cast a spell to open a door.  I know it
> won't work.
> ---
> Laughter is the best medicine, so look around, find a dose and take it to

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