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Should Christians Play Magic: The Gathering?

This started as a post on Chris’ Facebook page.  It went on to becoming the second-most read item on this site.

Should Christians play Magic: The Gathering?

by Chris Wilkinson on Sunday, 27 November 2011 at 17:10

Recently, a friend of mine started playing the trading card game Magic:  The Gathering (henceforth MTG).  His father is concerned that this isn’t the sort of thing Christians ought to be doing, while my friend insists it’s harmless.  There are numerous arguments from both sides all over the Web.  Personally, it doesn’t bother me too much and I’m considering buying a set myself.

 Here are some things to keep in mind if you play MTG or if you’re worried about someone who does:

 1.  Magic is not magick.

    The spelling “magick” is used by “real” sorcerers and witches to distinguish “magic tricks” and illusions from “real” magick.  Magick includes several activities ranging from inquiring of the dead to fortune-telling.  Sorcery, the mythical practice of summoning supernatural beings to do your bidding, is also magick, and MTG is a simulation of sorcery – MTG players “summon” various people, supernatural beings and mythological creatures to fight their opponent.  Playing MTG, you will take command of humans, zombies, griffins, dragons, goblins, angels and demons, among other things.

    The real-life practice of sorcery is clearly condemned as an abominable sin by the Law, the Prophets and the New Testament.  It also doesn’t actually exist – If you think you have the ability to communicate with or command angels, demons or the spirits of the dead, let me tell you right now that Satan is playing mind games with you and you’re in extreme danger.

    The fact that MTG is a simulation of sorcery is the most serious root of the objections Christians raise against the game, and you ought to consider whether or not you want to fill your mind with that sort of thing.

2.  Magic is not pretty.

    The graphics on the cards can be rather off-putting.  Some of them are very grotesque, depicting hideous creatures, mutilated bodies and blood and gore; some are just very nightmarish; and others include bizarre depictions of feminine beauty.  If seeing those kinds of images might make you more likely to sin, it would be best for you not to play.

    Personally, even the most grotesque ones don’t bother me (much), and I’m trying to think how I could have become desensitized to those kinds of images.  My friend has excluded certain cards from his deck just because of the graphics.

    The themes exuded by the graphics are, without doubt, not good, but they aren’t necessarily bad either.  It depends on how those images play on your particular brain.

 3.  Magic eats into your time.

    The actual game-play of MTG is largely luck-based:  You draw cards from your deck and use them to fight the battle.  The strategy is in building your deck:  Each player plays with his own personal deck, using a subset of the cards you own, and choosing what cards to use determines the probability that you’ll be able to use particular plays in a game.  However, deck construction requires an enormous amount of knowledge about, first of all, what each of the cards does, and secondly how different combinations of cards play off each others strengths and weaknesses.  The current basic set, titled Magic 2012, contains about 250 cards, and there are over 12,000 unique cards in circulation from the many sets that have been published since 1993.  If you’re the type who likes to fill your brain with a lot of minutiae, MTG will give you the opportunity to spend a lot of time this way.  This is true of most other hobbies too (chess has its strategy, sports have their statistics, crafts have their materials and tools, music has its theory and instruments…) but MTG is particularly complex.  It’s up to you to decide whether or not using your time this way is honouring to God and compatible with His plan for your life.  Having hobbies is not a sin, but they have the potential to become idols.

 4.  Don’t “cause your neighbor to sin.”

    If I played, I wouldn’t go around telling everyone I met about it.  The controversy surrounding MTG could potentially cause conflict between a player and his/her particularly opinionated Christian friend, and it’s best to avoid getting into passionate arguments that don’t have an objective right answer.

    Also, MTG could get people curious about real-life supernatural beings.  That could be good or bad:  On the one hand, one might start reading about spiritism and fortune-telling and put oneself in danger, but on the other hand, if you know your real-life supernatural beings as well as as mature Christian ought, then you won’t be caught up in flirting with the occult, and by playing you may even be able to meet and educate someone who’s going down that road.

 5.  There are alternatives.

    If you like the idea of a trading card game but want to steer clear of MTG in particular, there are numerous other games in the same genre that don’t have the disagreeable graphics or the theme of sorcery, including Pokémon, Doctor Who Battles In Time, and Star Wars Customizable Card Game.  (Munchkin Dungeon, which many of my FB friends are familiar with, is sorta similar in game-play, but lacks the defining deck-building aspect.)


  1. Hey good post. I am saved by grace through faith, Romans 10:9 John 3:16. When i first received his spirit Jesus told me he would never leave me nor forsake me. Years later I developed schizophrenia and have had a rough life. Magic helps get my mind off religion and focused on a game, hobbies. The devil likes to use the bible and religion to mess with you and scare you.

    The bible is the word of God, but God is good and he is love. The devil knows the word just as well. When he tempted Jesus he used scriptures.

    Comment by Shane McCausland — August 12, 2012 @ 5:04 am

  2. This kinda helped me, my mom doesnt belive i should play mtg and i know she just wants me to be a man of god but she doesnt understand that i just want to hav fun and not screw my life up

    Comment by isaac — October 6, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

  3. Yeah, one thing Jesus commanded was Judge not or you will be Judged. And unfortunately, Christians are some of the most judgmental people sometimes. Games are not idols or worship, Christians get that wrong too. Even if you play a game for 48 hours strait instead of doing your homework, your not bowing down to it and worshiping it as God, big difference. It falls under laziness, and putting play time over working. It has absolutely nothing to do with exalting something to the status of God… Even when people make comments that might suggest it (non believers), they don’t know what they are saying, and are saying it because of pop culture and not because they actually think a magic card is their God.

    Jesus choose us and God knows what he was doing. John 6:37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. Gods not driving you away because you play magic cards, John 3:17 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

    Also, I have not been on lately. But anyone is free to add me on MTGO.. Screen name: LegendofShane

    Comment by Shane McCausland — October 12, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    • you know what, that is true, in a sense, that things are not idols unless you worship them, but lately I have come to realise that the things we turn to when we are in need,(which is usually a spiritual need really, a need for knowing gods presence and power afresh) ie upset or bored etc, are indeed idols. the things we turn to for comfort or entertainment when really only God satisfies are idols, he wants us to come to him. | think it is really easy for us to be filled with things of the world, I can watch t.v if I am upset, to take my mind off what upset me for example. That s ok, maybe….. but is it? is it what I always do, do I ever rest in his presence and feel his peace-well yes I do,and then I don’t need any worldly comfort at all, and it is the most amazing totally fulfilling experience. It is much harder though to choose God, its easier to watch tv and forget, feel a bit numb, and the more addictive the thing we do is, the more we turn to that instead of God and it does become all consuming. I am sure these games can be like that. Some of these things can become so time consuming there is no time left for prayer time or bible time, and if we don’t have these things the flesh does seem to take over. His plan is for us to become like Him , he prayed, he lived to do His fathers will, and we really need to have the same attitude. I am thinking entertainment is not wrong but have we sought the Lord today, have we given time to Him and been filled by Him. I am going to try to live that way…. God bless

      Comment by jane — March 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

  4. Unless playing, competing at GenCon MTG slowly take you away from your Bible reading, relationships with God and family, stop going to school and absent from job. Loss of finances, and engage in perverse/undesirable online relationships

    Comment by Concerned parent... — February 12, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  5. What I don’t understand is; how can you be full of the love of God which only generates joy and live and peace (and so much other wonderful things) and still play a game that is not representing that at all, when Gods desire is that we would reflect and mirror His divine nature for the world to see His grace, glory and majesty. Jesus was God and God is love. When you seek God and have a relationship with Him, you probably do that because you’re desiring to know the Father’s Heart. After all, you would like to become more and more like Jesus, that is, speaking for myself, what I would like to pursue in my life. We are in the world, but not of the world, the bible says. We participate in it, but we know that we actually belong to and were intially born into God’s Kingdom. I don’t understand how you can look at these cards or cast those spells and not feel uncomfortable while you are full of God’s love and inspiration. God is light and cannot be in the presence of darkness, simply impossible. Now, we are constantly confronted with darkness in this world, Jesus was confronted with that when He sacrificed his position in heaven, but it never seduced Him to participate in such activities. Understand me well, I am not afraid of evil things, I mean the devil and all his little demons were overcome decades ago by the power of God. Satan has nothing to say about me. He has no authority anymore BUT he has power. These two things are not the same. Authority he has lost, but power he has, and only will he have power AND authority if you give him authority in your live. It’s a choice. I am not judging you, but I simply wanted to speak from my heart through the love I have for our Heavenly Father and big brother Jesus ;) Bless!

    Comment by Anne — April 12, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    • To number 5… Thank you. I wish there were more people who stood up for God and despite all the confrontations on this page you managed to tell people in a loving way. I was unsure of wether or not to play but out of all of these opinions I know you are right. When you are not willing to give something up is when you know it’s controlling you and despite what number 3 said it is your idol. When you listen to that small feeling in your gut people always try to shove aside it gives you answers you never asked the question to. So thank you. I needed to hear that.

      Comment by danielle — September 4, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

      • WOW thank you both. I felt the temptation to play so badly. Ive been talking a whole lot the last few days about how God has been sending me signs everywhere I need them at just the right moment.

        Comment by Russ — July 17, 2015 @ 7:34 pm

    • Well i do play this as a friendly competition between very strategic people who want to have fun testing eachother that way.
      Keep in mind not all forms of fun cuase you to laugh out loud.
      Ita just that most christians see the images and stuff and then JUDGE it as satanic and evil.
      But doesnt God turn all things to good?
      So if i find relieve in this and a way for me to finally meet some people i can have good talks with about other things im interested in like science.
      And i have always had a knack for stuff like physics and had the dream to help the world get better by scientific discovery.
      So i have reason to believe this is what God has intended for my live, so if i can practice certain skills and find relieve this way is that so bad? Heck i even talk to God about it sometimes, about how i found a new combo and this amazing new card i got from my booster pack.
      So whats so wrong about it huh?
      Or is this another thing that isnt allowed becuase God condemns it? That would be the 5th time already while ive never done anything bad i always try to be a good person i never spend alot of time thinking about outside of when im doing it and i dont worship it and it doesnt get in the way of my relationship with God! So its nothing bad.

      Comment by Bomans — August 30, 2016 @ 11:20 am

  6. Anne,
    I would like to respectfully reply, because this is the same arguement I have had from family around me. God created all things, life, darkness, satan himself. There is no scripture I can think of off the top of my head that would support the idea that God cannot be in the presence of darkness. In fact we know that he went down to hell to take the keys of death and the grave. (Romans I believe)
    Furthermore, you are comparing a game to an actual evil. If you believe the picture or depicition is too evil, then I would suppose that you would avoid any movie with such images such as, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, or any other movie, book, or game with pcitures of evil things.

    If you argue that the intenant of Crhonicles of Narnia is good, then you must give MTG the same chance. And to be completely honest, the only intent is to play, have fun, etc. There is no moralistic message. (or i haven’t found one)

    As for my mind, i don’t find myself dwelling on witches, or hate, or anything that we are not encouraged to. Actually the real danger of MTG (and the auther touched on this) is the time it consumes. That is my battle, and as with most of my hobbies, one that I have to carefully evaluate.

    As christian’s I think it is easy for us to judge by the cover, rather than take the time to actually think things through. Anne. i would caution you to actually challange things from a Bibilcal perspective.

    God bless

    Comment by Aaron Dinwiddie — August 19, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

  7. Well, really Magic: the gathering was invented for ages 13 and up, meaning its mostly directed towards a young adult audience who have more time on their hands than the average adult.(in other words it’s meant to pass time.) Every hobby is meant to be practiced in one’s free time, and playing magic cards is no different than reading, playing a video game, or golf. In fact, it is more social than reading a book; yet no one has a problem with someone reading a book now do they? In the bible sorcery is much different than magick- for sorcery is a reference to drug abuse. Magick is not based on any truth for mankind cannot have power over demons or any other supernatural being; This should be obvious because only God holds dominion over his creation. So being that magic: the gathering is based on something that no Christian should be led to believe is real to begin with, I do not see any problem with playing the game in moderation (That is, if the player sees it simply as a game and nothing more). As Christians we must keep in mind that there are many things of this world that will ultimately have elements to them that challenge our faith, for that is the way it must be for faith to work in God’s favor. But most importantly, as Christians we should not be so quick to condemn hobbies that are practiced by others and use them to summarize their spiritual beliefs. All the while doing so in God’s name and on God’s behalf. If you are truly Christian you should know that this is a big no no! It falls into the category of using the Lord’s name in vain, and those who use his name in vain and damage his character will not be guiltless. You see, it is even done so in vain because children often rebel against their parents and their teachers. Thus, by condemning your child, friend, or sibling, for playing a card game they could take it as God himself is condemning them for something they may have never seen as heresy (many people who play this game view it differently than those who don’t). From here they may begin to feel alienated from both God and their family and thus lose faith in God. At this point it will be the accuser who has done the work of Satan rather than the accused, for they have caused another to turn away from God in sheer bitterness. The bible makes it quite clear for it is the word of God, and to be brief God’s word state something like this: Those who believe in things such as magick and sorcery and openly include them in their spiritual beliefs are lost, for they are led to believe that what is false is actually true. You see magic cards are not a religion; it’s a game and should be seen only as a game. If you cannot see it for what it is than you have lost your way and have misunderstood the word of God. On another note, as a Christian it is probably important to discuss topics like magic cards, sex/violence in movies and books openly with other Christians because there will be content there that as a Christian you’ll find challenging. Fear not, the world is in direct defiance of God; for God is not of this world, yet we are of both worlds. Therefore, we must find a way to tolerate the environment that surrounds us on a day to day basis. And in turn, avoid building our own prison in God’s name.

    Comment by Jacob — October 6, 2013 @ 12:58 am

  8. What Satan intends for evil, God intends for good. As with any game (chess, online gaming, basketball) you can let it consume you or you can generate good out of it. Think of all the people you meet playing this game and all the opportunity you have to witness to non believing players. The nature of the game creates an easy segway into spiritual / religious conversation. I believe God can open such doors in places that may often be dark.

    Comment by Scoon — February 19, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

  9. The Bible says lake no pretence of evil.

    Comment by Kim Kaze — July 12, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

  10. I think this post is great. I stopped playing magic a long time ago, but just recently got back into it. And I’ve often had questions about whether it was “right” to play it or not. This post has answered a few of those questions and helped me decide if I wanted to keep playing, and whether or not my hobbie would interfere with my relationship with God. I guess we can’t let things like this become idols and our faith should always come first.

    Comment by stephen nunez — August 29, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

  11. Don’t forget the great commission! I have found that most people who play magic are not church goers at all and don’t know much about the gospel. While I am not saying that you should go to your local store and start preaching, playing magic has allowed me to get to know people at a personal level that I otherwise would have no contact with and be an example or even share the gospel with them. Quite honestly, you can view the magic crowd as a mission field. Many of these people have felt the sting of being social outcast and are in dire need of Jesus’ love. You can show that to them. I am a firm believer that you can give God glory in all you do even playing sports or games.

    Comment by Matt — February 27, 2015 @ 4:53 pm

    • Matt,
      Thank you! I was scrolling through these posts and was just waiting and waiting to see if another Christian was going to address the available platform that MTG offers to evangelize with those that may not be living in Christian homes or exposed to God’s Word.
      As a multi-sport athlete in High School, I was able to build relationships with my teammates over the hours of practice and games; relationships that allowed me to openly share my Faith in Jesus Christ with them. In doing this, some of my friends actually attended my church the following Sunday with me! God was using my spiritual gift as an athlete as a platform to go out and spread his Word with those that I had developed relationships with’
      As far as Magic goes, it’s safe to say that a vast majority of these players are not worshipping the occult, as they are simply playing a custom-based tactical card game. The bottom-line is that these people need to hear the good news of Salvation that is available to them.
      From where I stand, I agree 100% that MTG is a great platform to evangelize and build relationships with those that are in need of God’s Love. We must go out and make desciples of ALL nations (even those that play Magic The Gathering).

      Comment by Colton — March 29, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

    • Matt, in all honesty, I find your comment to be rather over-generalized. I have played Magic for over six years, meeting many hundreds of players. Many of them I have found to be Christian, and only a few to be social outcasts. Even then, there are social outcasts in any group you may encounter, it is not particular to Magic.

      Comment by Drew — January 17, 2016 @ 3:20 am

  12. So it is a sin or not?

    Comment by Lucas — May 17, 2015 @ 11:37 am

  13. 1 Corinthians 10:23 says-
    Everything is permissible,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up.

    Matthew Henrys commentary on the bible says this about 1 Corinthians 10:23-33 There were cases wherein Christians might eat what had been offered to idols, without sin. Such as when the flesh was sold in the market as common food, for the priest to whom it had been given. But a Christian must not merely consider what is lawful, but what is expedient, and to edify others. Christianity by no means forbids the common offices of kindness, or allows uncourteous behaviour to any, however they may differ from us in religious sentiments or practices. But this is not to be understood of religious festivals, partaking in idolatrous worship. According to this advice of the apostle, Christians should take care not to use their liberty to the hurt of others, or to their own reproach. In eating and drinking, and in all we do, we should aim at the glory of God, at pleasing and honouring him. This is the great end of all religion, and directs us where express rules are wanting. A holy, peaceable, and benevolent spirit, will disarm the greatest enemies.

    Comment by jane — May 18, 2015 @ 4:03 am

  14. Personally— as said above doesn’t matter the one question youve got to ask yourself is “does god aprove of this game?” If thats not enough then, if.Jesus was to come back right now and saw me playing MAGIC THE GATHERING, would he approve??

    Comment by JonDoe — August 9, 2015 @ 3:39 am

  15. Hey, i just stumbled upon this. I am not religious, but I play tons of MTG. If you are a parent amd you are deciding if you think it is appropriate to let your child play, I beg you take some time and investigate. Learn to play, maybe with a spouse, and without your child. Determine from there if the game is appropriate. Please don’t just assume it is satanic or evil or even that it will detract from your childs relationship with you or God, because of the art or some of the card names. I believe that MTG is just as satanic as traditional sports or books, but if you are a parent, and you care enough about your child to forbid them from pursuing a hobby, please, make an effort and care enough to truly learn about something before condemning it.

    Comment by Erik — August 17, 2015 @ 1:59 am

    • It is,satanic and highly innapropriate.

      Comment by carol — August 19, 2015 @ 7:51 am

  16. Clearly this game does not glorify God. It does just the opposite of that. God tells us that what ever you eat drink or do, do all for the glory of God. Satan uses this game to pull Christians away from God. It’s highly addictive and dangerous for Christians to play it. Try telling the truth about this foolish game. It’s evil and a Christian has no business playing this game.

    Comment by carol — August 19, 2015 @ 7:51 am

    • Carol, the problem with your logic, is that, well, there isn’t any. Using your same basis of reasoning, I can argue that the Bible is satanic and evil, because Satan uses it, indeed he quotes it, to tempt Jesus himself. Therefore, since Satan uses the scriptures to deceive Jesus, and by extension us as well, then the Bible and all it contains is utterly evil and should not be read.

      Comment by Drew — January 17, 2016 @ 3:30 am

  17. I appreciate everyone’s opinion and insight on this topic, and I recently purchased a deck and my wife was by my side as I did. Nothing about the purchase, the cards or the game itself has felt evil, I was however told from a young age to despise of anything even remotely close to this, including Harry Potter and Pokemon, both of which I didn’t question, but I believe now that anything can be dark or demonic if you look at it with that hue, now there are always the obvious ones like lustful things, blasphemous things and or anything that openly states that God is a lie. So my dilemma was whether or not this game would be so, and I will say for anyone considering or playing, if you feel that what you are doing is taking you from His glory, then it may not be right for you, but as others said here, you can take it as a chance to meet some wonderful people who just need the Lord brought to them due to a childhood and life of rejection. :) I am not saying anything because I am holier than thou, I am a sinner, I will die a sinner, but I have accepted the love of Jesus Christ into my heart, and know that my prayers are as daily as I can possibly make them. :) Pobodys Nerfect(Nobody’s Perfect) and all he asks is that we use this life to grow closer to him so that upon our final day we may be greeted into the gates of heaven! If we want hobbies that aren’t hurting us or those around us, He only asks that we are happy, just as any Father asks for of their children. :) May God Bless Us All!

    Comment by Sloan — August 23, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

    • Hahaha, seriously? Harry Potter and Pokemon? That’s just sad.

      Comment by Taylor Black — May 27, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

  18. What you are doing does not honor God. It may just be a card game but everything evil starts with the mind and this game and everything like it messes up with your mind. If indeed you are saved by grace, God will sanctify and chasten you as He sees fit.

    Comment by Rina ♥ — October 5, 2015 @ 8:31 am

  19. I started playing this be cuz of my friend and it really just got into my brain, it was so fun. I bought some cards and I’m buying more cards((-$&- I’m in Christian school $-&-& and my mom found out that it had this photos of zombies and some naked females(not really) and she is like ((; u r a Christian , it has this sorcery stuff so no cards screw u hhaha))$/ and I’m like no I’m playing Ha and she was like ‘ then go ask your teachers and I said yes cuz it obviously is a ok game &&/&/9/0:0@/watever so I don’t think it’s harmful to Christian if u know what is real. I know God is stronger than dos crap Satan or evil or watever things so screw not play MTG ha( why would a creator of universe be weaker than craps..? Exactly lemme play magic

    Comment by Magic The Gathering and I'm Christian wtf my mom is mad — October 30, 2015 @ 1:36 am

  20. The game is clearly suitable for the majority of kids over 13. Petty arguments over something this trivial are such a waste of energy, MTG is community focused it brings people together to play cards. Stop delving so unnecessarily deep into anything that’s not so called Christian. \m/

    Comment by Getoverit — November 10, 2015 @ 11:16 pm

  21. My family try to walk the Godly life. I also play MTG with both of my boys. Yes the cards are graphic and can be a bit dark and sorta evil. Personally I don’t see the point of being so insular and protective against such fantasy concepts as sorcery. If my kids were totally crazy and might actually identify as some sort of sorcerer, I might re-consider. They are just having fun playing a game though; and they know it’s just a game.

    To each their own. Rather than insulate them, I’d rather expose them and educate them at the same time. In a way, our experience and faith in God is a sort of magic. Most testimonies I’ve heard have a miraculous context but we don’t cover our kids ears when people speak of the miracle of God’s love.

    I think at some point my children need to develop faith that goes beyond “Oh NO! The devil is going to getcha!” and actually walk in the love of God knowing with confidence that they are protected from evil. But that’s just me.

    Comment by ekendradas — November 13, 2015 @ 11:33 pm

  22. Look im Christian but the satanic values of this game are the ones you give it. I use it for fun and hang out with friends but the only way satan can get you from it is if you allow him to my advice to anyone who plays or doesn’t but mainly does, dont believe in the creatures of the game and still find a way to be even closer to God because I have found many ways to so just don’t give the game power and still read your bible and pray and make sure you don’t believe in the game got it

    Comment by Austin Conner — December 10, 2015 @ 10:14 pm

    • Having played MTG for 21years and recently giving it up due to the terrible design of BFZ I’ll tell you all this. I was saved 1982 got hitched to a church going harridan who destroyed my passion for the lord and of course got no help from the church. I fell away but still hoped and waited on god despite sinning. On 1/7/2026 while praying with a saintly friend sent from God I unexpectedly was baptized in the Holy Spirit. RegArdless of the demonic symbolism, Magic the Gathering teaches GREED and should be avoided by Christians, there are so many better ways to spend your time and money for Gods glory, don’t be deceived.

      Comment by Greg — March 17, 2016 @ 5:27 pm

      • This is the most incoherent thing I’ve read in these comments so far. WHAT are you talking about?
        Fortunately, yours isn’t the most ignorant thing on here, it just doesn’t make any sense at all.

        Comment by Taylor Black — May 27, 2016 @ 7:32 pm

  23. I see your crtique seems fair with balanced information, yet it is a concern that your focusfor determining wether something is acceptable for a “christain” has been based on human opinion and what is ok for one may not be for another. My heart would be, what is fitting for those called to live a set apart life. Is this something that can be participated in while the Holy Spirit would not be grieved or quenched. Does it matter what bothers me? I could be desensitized merely by embracing worldly affections. Should it not matter more if it is appropriate for those who want Gods kingdom on earth. Isnt that what we claim?
    These are questions I have. Where has the standard gone for the so-called people if a most holy God. Just wondering. Not really judging or caring what a person is into, just how far are we from the Truth and yet unable to discern it.

    Comment by Abby Sharp — December 11, 2015 @ 9:47 pm

  24. 1. If you have Never played this game, YOU CANNOT GIVE A DECENT OPINION ABOUT IT! ITS LIKE SEEING A BOOK COVER READING THE TITLE AND SAYING “OH ITS EVIL!” Which is about what my own mother did. She never played it, never learned WHAT THE GAMES ACTUALLY LIKE OR ABOUT. This game ID hope you do Not focus on the TYPES of “creatures” in this game, if you do you might need some help. The main Focus IS on the Intense strategy Mechanics that make the Game great! By that I mean What the cards do in conjunction with each other and their effects within the game and Not the Cover ART or What something is classified as or Called to distinguish it from others. (card names)

    2. Honestly someone explain to me how a card game can be evil? It was made by a regular white dude with a phd. OH Hes not a Christian! ITS EVIL! Really? IF this is your simpleton standard to whether something is ok or not, then you are GOING to be deceived REALLY easy! By a So called Christian no less. IF having certain artwork or naming a card in a game a Made up Monster or Demon can make an entire game evil wtf? IF it was all cute and cuddly would it make the game good? Weird standard of what is evil or good. If something is ugly or even disgusting does that make it evil? I have never seen a burned human being look very pretty after, but they are not Evil because of it. Also In MOST fantasy Worlds MAGIC IS THE SAME THING AS THE FORCE IN STAR WARS. In a made up world where Jehovah God does not Exist, there is typically described as a living force that surrounds all things, giving life to the living and typically the characters from such stories can harness said power on some level. If playing MTG is evil then I should buy the game Operation Tomorrow and become a Master Surgeon in no time!

    3. I understand some peoples Point of view But as some others have said the Majority of Negative Views on the game HAVE NEVER Played it! Btw! IF this game is something your Kid is interested in getting into YOU OWE IT TO YOUR KID TO ACTUALLY PLAY IT AND LOOK INTO ITS HISTORY! TO me If the games POINT was to Make people Participate in things of the devil and cults and such then I would not Disagree it would classify as evil to me as well. But Really, go Read the interview with Richard Garfield on how it was creating the game and WHY he created it. IT started with mechanics and he prefers the Fantasy theme so he went with it. IT did not start with OH HOW MANY CHILDREN CAN WE GET INTO EVIL STUFF! LETS SEE! It is all Made up content! As someone else said it also takes Human interaction and communication to play this game! PLUS POINTS in a world where every day I see little Kids GLUED to SCREENS! I find despite all the things in this game it Strangely Can teach kids and people quite A Lot about LIFE! AS You Research and play FIND OUT WHAT YOU ARE LEARNING, Your kids are learning. IN other words, What are the Fruits of playing this game! Are they GOOD Things coming from it or are they BAD? (this is honestly a much better determinant than most other reasonings I have seen when it comes to this game)

    4. I recently saw a post that said that The definition of evil is the destruction of freedom. “The definition of freedom is the infinite value of the human being. Everything that is evil teaches people that they have limited value.” THIS WAS NOT FROM A OBVIOUS BIBLICAL SOURCE!

    Why Evil? The Bible does not answer the pro-posed problem of how a just, omnipotent, and loving God could permit evil to exist in a universe he had created. A detailed examination to this question lies outside the scope of this article. Some suggestions, however, that have been offered about moral evil are: (1) while God is perfect, creation is only pronounced “very good” (Gen 1:31); it is impossible for a created universe to rival God in perfection and the existence of moral evil is one example of its imperfection; (2) to compel all beings to act morally is to override their free will; likewise, to grant them free moral agency is to concede the possibility that someone at some time will act in an evil manner; and (3) God in his infinite wisdom created the best of all possible worlds; one can only consider that, were the world created any other way it would have been less than the best of all possibilities. The latter consideration also holds true as a possible explanation for natural evil.

    Comment by Douglas — December 18, 2015 @ 12:51 am

  25. I truly think that the game is not a harmful evil game and that it is just a fun tcg that many people love and as me being a Christian I just to say that if people are telling you that it is evil or bad I can say myself that it’s not evil if you play it in the right way however if you play obsessively it can become a little bit harmful.

    Comment by Owen Pool — January 6, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

  26. Magick is not a mysterious power of some sorts, it is not something which can only be used by specific people. Magick is knowledge, and knowledge is not evil. What you do with that knowledge is what determines righteousness and evil among men. Though I cannot deny the fact that trying to get closer to true knowledge, the greater the risk of becoming corrupted and evil.
    And about the game. A game will remain a game as long as you see it as such. It is fine to play as long as it does not affect your daily life and your functionality as a proper human being. Well just enjoy…

    Comment by Merlin Zion — February 2, 2016 @ 2:14 pm

  27. Okay… So this is just my personal opinion, but MTG is a game. That’s it. It’s a card game about collecting and building strong or fun decks. Yes, it involves “spells” and “magic”, and sometimes really really gross creatures. But! It’s just a game. I’m the same person as I was before even playing this game. Because it is just a game. Please let who ever wants to play this, Christian or not, play if they like it and have fun playing it. Thank you

    Comment by Jessica H — March 21, 2016 @ 6:21 pm

  28. I used to play this game as a kid before I knew the Lord. Recently, I thought about all the things I played as a kid, and revisited the Internet searching for the card game and the App Store for the game on the iPad. Now I make my own money, and can afford all the toys and cards I used to want as a kid.

    But I realized something has changed inside of me. The desire is no longer there. Fantasy as a genre no longer interests me. I find there are other alternative forms of entertainment out there.
    Is it “wrong” to play Magic? I don’t have the answer, but for me… and just for me… I think there are other forms of entertainment that would be more fun, and excite me more.

    I do wonder about what my pastor taught: the New Birth creates new desires in you. You are no longer the old you. You are a new man in Christ. I realized how much I have changed, without my conscious knowing over the years…

    Comment by kine — August 7, 2016 @ 8:07 am

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