Dungeons and Dragons and Dice, Oh My!

Should a Christian avoid games that have witches and sorcery as part of the activity. Please supply Bible scripture!

Hi Dave.

Thanks for writing. The answer is, I’m afraid, that it depends. It depends on the game, and more importantly, how it’s played. It depends on the people playing the game. And it depends upon one’s personal convictions. There’s nothing in Scripture about board games, card games, or computer games as we know them today, obviously, because the Bible predates such things. The Bible is rather clear about avoiding dark spiritual practices and that it’s unwise to mess about with spiritual forces we do not understand:

When you enter the land that God, your God, is giving you, don’t take on the abominable ways of life of the nations there. Don’t you dare sacrifice your son or daughter in the fire. Don’t practice divination, sorcery, fortunetelling, witchery, casting spells, holding séances, or channeling with the dead. People who do these things are an abomination to God. It’s because of just such abominable practices that God, your God, is driving these nations out before you. (Deuteronomy 18:9-12)

But the practices listed above are different from games such as Dungeons & Dragons and various computer Role-Playing Games, for example, which are going to be a matter of personal preference and personal conviction. The Christian Gamers’ Guild is a valuable resource. I encourage you to peruse their thoughtful and biblical FAQs.

Kind regards.

“Thou must procure polyhedral dice to resolve random events.” 2 Babylonians 42:42

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2 Responses to Dungeons and Dragons and Dice, Oh My!

  1. Phil Umbras says:

    I’ve seen, and played, a lot of these games. They are a lot of fun. And I can tell you that I’ve never seen anything in them that was antithetical to Christian practices – no more so than watching an Indiana Jones film, for example. I’m not sure where the “satanic” stigma came from, but it’s nonsense. (I’ve known some Satan worshipers in my day, too, and they didn’t want anything to do with board games!)

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