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Should Christians use violent video games to lure teens to church?

What do warthogs, pelicans, energy swords and Spartan lasers have in common? And how do they relate to John 1:17?

They're all part of a video game called Halo 3, the top-selling video game of 2007 that pre-sold more than 1 million copies two months before it even hit stores. In the first two weeks after its release, Halo 3-the third installment of Microsoft's first-person shooter game-made more than $300 million in sales.

The game is so popular many churches across the country are hosting Halo nights-evenings filled with pizza, camaraderie and multiple-player games emblazoning across several television screens. Proponents say the nights aim to reach teenagers-mostly boys-on their own terms and show that churches can be relevant in a world filled with emerging technologies.

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paracardium3535d ago

Church is for the weak minded..Church is the biggest scam on the planet.

Kakkoii3535d ago

Yep, People need to take of there shades of ignorance, and start thinking how things can be possible. Not just accepting things as fact.

Eclipticus3535d ago

Church is the same as government, to rule the masses, to ignorant or afraid to do for themselves.

Eclipticus3535d ago

Just reading the headline, I am pretty sure that goes against pretty much everything Christian. I mean there is that whole do not violence, turn the other cheek. I dont think it would really fly, thats
why we have the BIBLE game for the XBOX and of course NED FLANDERS.

InMyOpinion3534d ago

How about George W Bush? He's a newborn Christian I believe. He didn't exactly turn the other cheek after 9/11. Not with Guantanamo Bay either.

Kholinar3534d ago

The question is really not "what have christians done?", it's "what actions are consistent with the teachings of christianity?"

InMyOpinion3534d ago

The question is really not "what have christians done?", it's "what actions are consistent with the teachings of christianity?"

All actions are consistent with the teachings of a religion as long as people keep interpreting it's writings how they want in order to justify their cause. I'm sure both G.W. Bush and whomever he's fighting(Iraq? Terrorists?) can justify their actions through interpreting their religion as they feel like.

incogneato3534d ago

Jenzo you really aren't expecting a country to turn the other cheek after an act of violence like that are you? Let's not get into the whole Iraq debate either.

Anyway, whoever posted this is an idiot. Why would a church be "LURING" kids with Halo? "Hey kid... pssst... I got some Halo, come inside my church won't ya?" Give me a damn break. More like there's kids that go to church and they want to have a fun time together? This whole religion bashing trend online is getting ridiculous.

InMyOpinion3534d ago

Not a country where 3/4 of the population believes that God created earth...

Kholinar3534d ago

"All actions are consistent with the teachings of a religion as long as people keep interpreting it's writings how they want in order to justify their cause. I'm sure both G.W. Bush and whomever he's fighting(Iraq? Terrorists?) can justify their actions through interpreting their religion as they feel like."

Not really. They can be reinterpreted but past reasonable discussion they begin to stray outside of the realm of orthodox thought. Christianity has a reasonable set of tenets beyond which people no longer accept it as Christianity. Yahweh being God, and Jesus Christ as his Incarnation and our Savior would be the most basic. While someone could reinterpret the Bible to say something else, it wouldn't be within the accepted definition of Christianity.

I can re-define the word "comment" but that doesn't mean that everyone here has to accept my assertion that what they're typing is a "little duck in an innertube".

Honor God with everything in you and love your neighbor as yourself can't be reinterpreted into "kill the bastard if you disagree." These sort of actions (whether in Islam) are always justified based on tradition within religion and not on the actual text.

InMyOpinion3534d ago

A sound human being does not need something like religion to tell right from wrong.

"Honor God with everything in you and love your neighbor as yourself can't be reinterpreted into 'kill the bastard if you disagree.'"

Nope, but it can be ignored if it doesn't fit your current agenda. Words are pretty, but it's the actions that matter.

check it:
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

The country I live in is one of the least religious in the world, and we haven't gone to war with any "neighbors" or other countries for that part in over 200 years.

Kholinar3534d ago

And that's not christianity's purpose, nor Buddism's, nor a most religions' purpose.

Exactly, agenda trumps all. So, religion is just an excuse, but do you really believe agenda would change just because there was a lack of religion?

So, there are predominantly christian nations who can boost the same thing.

Religion isn't the common element, human greed is. Your country's lack of religion doesn't correllate to it's peacefulness any more than religion correlate's to a country's warlike nature. Many countries, for example, don't have wars because they simply couldn't win them, while others have war because they are near a very aggressive country. Not saying that's true or untrue in your case, and I'm not saying that the U.S. is right in its attitude, but very few of the enlightened countries in Euroope, for example, have managed to avoid war for more than 50 years.

InMyOpinion3534d ago

I think the we<->them attitude between people would become smaller if religion wasn't as influential in politics/education as it is in some countries. Believing that God created earth is like believing the earth is flat. Teaching it in schools(Intelligent design,creationism) is just wrong.

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Tempist3534d ago

... It sends a bad president to views and treatment toward the church. Then again, they are not ones who preach pacifism.

Skerj3534d ago

Even though the Bible is one of the most brutal books ever written, it's still in bad taste to use ANYTHING to lure someone to church. If you have to lure them to religion, well maybe it just isn't for them.

Keowrath3534d ago (Edited 3534d ago )

Yeah, because Manchester Cathedral in Resistance didn't cause any problems what so ever.

If they do they are hypocrites.

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