I was listening to Dr. David Jeremiah the other day, who I extremely admire and respect. I love his sermons, and own multiples of his books. However, he said something that struck a negative chord inside me.
He was on the topic of angels and demons, and the occult in this World and he casually mentioned “Dungeons and Dragons,” as being satanic.
Now I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he isn’t sure what the tabletop game is, or maybe he had a different experience with it than me.
What is Dungeons and Dragons?
For those of you who don’t know, Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop role-playing game with orcs, goblins, hobbits, elves, good, evil, etc. Where a “Dungeon Master” gets to make up a story and sequence of events for all the players to go through.
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Is Lord of the Rings satanic?
The type of literature that inspired such a game as Dungeons and Dragons was in fact “The Lord of the Rings.”
J.R.R. Tolkein; the author of “The Lord of the Rings,” was a devout Catholic. He is most certainly not satanic. Unless you want to go so far as to say Catholicism is satanic, which it most certainly isn’t.
He played a huge role in one of Christianity’s most influential leaders’ conversion from atheism to Christianity, C.S. Lewis.
Are dragon’s satanic?
Yes, it’s true, Dragons in the Bible are used to reference satan at some point, (Psalm 91:13) but they are also used to reference big giant creatures, that some could argue are dinosaurs. (Psalm 148:7), (Jeremiah 51:34), (Isaiah 43:20), to name a few.
So really they are just big creatures, and you actually want to kill them in this game, now worship them.
No, DnD is not satanic
As a former DnD player myself, I can attest to the fact that it is definitely not satanic. Is it possible to play very evilly in the game? Yes. Is it possible to play very good in the game? Equally yes.
The same goes for movies we watch, CDs we listen to, and books we read. It all comes down to a choice. We can choose to listen to harmful music, and we can choose to watch harmful movies. However, we are also free to choose righteous God-honoring activities in those areas. The same is true for Dungeons and Dragons.
I know I’m not the only one who thinks so. What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments, or shoot me an email!