Religion, Reason and Video Games
One of the main questions I’ve been asked while developing this ministry is:
“What is the connection between Christianity and video games, or playing video games.”
There are several connections between Christianity, as a theistic system, and video games. Here is one.
Christians can be wrong about what their Bibles say about video games.
The reality is, Christians exist. They are in your classrooms, in your neighbourhoods, in your governments, in your offices, on your television screens and on your computer screens; and whether you believe the Bible to be the word of God or not, you need to know what it says (or doesn’t say) about you, and life in general, versus what Christians say about you, and life in general. Why?
- What the Scripture says may actually be true, irregardless of your view being that it is not true.
- What the Scripture says - or does not say - may be inconsistent with what you’ve heard Christians say about what it says (or does not say).
Reasoning Gamer aims to cultivate a community of reasoning individuals who are willing to learn what Scripture actually says, and doesn’t say (irregardless if you believe it to be the word of God or not) and have fun doing it - perhaps over a couple of rounds in Overwatch, or while traversing the universe in No Man’s Sky, or causing trouble in the streets of Los Santos, in Grand Theft Auto 5.
Meet the Reasoning Gamer staff
Ian Murray - Founder, Blogger and Video Producer
My name is Ian. I have three passions: Living life through reason, hearing what others believe - and how they come to those beliefs and, of course, having fun through videogames. I look forward to getting to know you all, whether we play videogames together, or engage in a mature conversation or, here’s hoping, both.
Jason Plouffe - Blogger
I am situated in Ottawa, Ontario. I'm studying to become a minister for God's work and to preach in the Church. I go to Celebration Church of Saint Paul University. I occasionally preach at Church of the Messiah.
Shirley Allan - General Editor
In addition to editing material for the Reasoning Gamer website, Shirley Allan oversees the daily operations of Church of the Messiah's office, working with church leaders and volunteers to ensure their ministries run smoothly. She has served in administrative positions in churches, schools and community-based organizations. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University at Kingston. Shirley and her husband, Ross, are empty-nesters and they love living in Ottawa’s downtown core. They have two adult children.
The Core Beliefs of this Core Gamer
God and Jesus
- God’s existence as a true fact, (Hebrews 11:6).
- God is the creator of all things (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16-17).
- Jesus is this creator and and through Him all things hold together (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17).
- God’s nature is Trinitarian-Monotheistic, (Isaiah 46:9).
- Jesus is the second person in the aforementioned Trinitarian-Monotheistic nature of God, (John 10:30).
- God is love, (1 John 4:8).
- God cannot change His nature, (2 Timothy 2:13).
- God is righteous, (Psalm 145:17).
- God cannot lie, (Hebrews 6:18).
- Jesus is divine, (John 1:14; 8:58).
- Jesus is the truth, (John 14:6).
- Jesus is the saviour of sins, (Luke 19:10).
- Jesus saved the world through his sacrifice on a Roman cross and rose from the dead three days later, (Romans 5:8; 15:12-14).
- Jesus’ death paid the penalty for mankind’s sins against God, (Romans 4:25).
- Jesus’ resurrection conquered eternal death, (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
Sin and Condemnation
- Everyone is a sinner and is deserving of eternal separation from God, (Romans 3:23).
- Sin leads to death, (Romans 6:23a).
- Sin is breaking of God’s law in word, thought and deed, (1 John 3:4).
- Sin has severed mankind’s relationship with God, (Ephesians 2:12).
- Sin has damaged all of creation, both physically and metaphysically, (Romans 8:22).
- Jesus Christ has given life, (Romans 6:23b).
- Jesus is the only way to eternal life, (John 14:6).
- Scripture is God’s word, (2 Timothy 3:16).
- Scripture is doctrinally complete, (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:19).
- Reasoning Gamer is not committed to a specific eschatological position except for the fact that Jesus will come again in triumph, (Revelation 19:11-13; 1 Peter 4).