Christianity: Do we worship demons while watching anime?
Okay, here's the story:
For years I've been a fan of Japanese Anime, and just love a good action scene of martial arts being displayed.
In Japanese Anime the characters usually (or often) draw their power from beast like creatures like foxes, wolves, serpents, snakes, dragons, lions and so on,or from what they call their own 'life force'.
A serpent, snake, dragon, lion and wolves are Biblical representations of demons and satan.
Knowing that, I can understand many anime characters are demonically influenced (and probably go to hell being possessed, while not receiving christ), but I couldn't care less because they are but anime(meaning not real), and I'm far more interested in the good I can get out of the movie.
So you could conclude that the characters in Japanese Anime, often are inspired by demonic power, often bringing some form of destruction, more than healing, through either physical powers, or spiritual powers under the name of 'chakra', 'zen', 'aura', or just 'spiritual energy', or so......
The flip coin is, that I'm also a devout christian, trying to follow Jesus in a pretty liberal way, meaning trying to be free, and not fall into the pattern of rules and regulations.
A couple of days ago I saw a presentation, and in the end the guy said "In the end days there will be those who will be 'worshippers' of demons and devils, and will not want to turn away from doing so." ...or something (paraphrased).
So, I started to think, though I may be wrong somewhere:
1- What is worshiping devils?
Isn't it admiring them? Isn't worship like admiration, adoration, glorification and exaltation? Not only verbally, but also in the heart agreeing of their superiority and splendor?
So I noticed of myself that in anime, exactly those scenes where the character starts to have 'determination' (is what they call it), it's able to draw the demonic power, and gain superhuman strength. (and I'm not only talking about DragonBallZ here, but many other anime out there, like Saint Seya, Fist of the North Star (Aka Hokuto no ken), especially Bleach, Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, Wolfs Rain, or even the scene's of Initial D, where the driver's been seen with an 'aura'.
Exactly those scenes I like or get thrilled by them, as I watch them, because they often go together with some intense special effects or music, to accentuate the scene, meant to be breath taking and exhilarating!
Could this also be the worshiping of demons like the guy mentioned, if it is obvious they get their strength from demons?
I am fully aware of Matthew 15:11: "not that what comes INTO a man defiles him, but what goes OUT of a man can"(paraphrased)!
In other words: there's nothing wrong with viewing the anime, there might be with the part of worshiping (giving admiration, exaltation (often goes with the thought "I wished I could be like that"),and glorification (eg: "Did you see last episode? It was awesome the way that XXXX (eg: Naruto or Ichigo/Bleach) killed that monk!") of some of it's scenes, or even there might be an issue when not physically doing those things, but in one's heart admire them (as Matt 5:28 says: "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.", meaning that one can sin, even if it's only in the heart, and does not appear to come to the surface).
So could it be that in the process of watching Anime,man might get tempted to glorify a demonic power (even in his heart)?
Certainly a valid point of concern, because if so,I would have been worshiping devils for over 17 years now(about the time I started watching a lot of Japanese Anime)!
As I was pondering on this question, another thing took place.
I was playing a game called "phantasy star", and it plays back in the far future, where men has developed a tool called a "photon generator" (or something).
A 'Photon generator' is seen as a purely (far futuristic) scientific tool, that can emit photons, and thus give the user of it additional energy that can be released as 'fire', 'ice', 'earth', 'light', 'gravity', or 'dark matter'.
The 'photon charger' (or whatever they might call it in phantasy star) is in other words, a purely scientific device, that one triggers on or of much like one would trigger a gun or a microwave, and can not be seen as demonically, but operates within the physical laws it supposed to operate into (given that it could exist), and can be seen as a tool.
But the end result is about the same:
The main character get attacked by evil powers (creatures or humans) he can not overcome with his own power, and calls on either his demon, or the power of his scientific photon device.
Since there is no difference between the characters save the one character calls for photon power, and the other calls for demonic aura, and yet I get the same thrill with seeing both men being bestowed with superhuman strength, my question would be:
- Is it bad to see anime (Demonically p
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- Is it bad to see anime (Demonically powered), knowing that it would be ok to see if the demonic power would be replaced by a device like a photon charger (or something)?
None really seemed to grasp the core question. Many explain things I don't seem to ask in my question.
I'll repeat it here again:
"could it be that in the process of watching Anime,man might get tempted to glorify a demonic power (even in his heart)?"; that's my question. Not whatever you would do instead of watching anime,or try to justify anime, that is besides the point.
The good news for you is that people who are far from God's heart wouldn't even be concerned with this. The fact that you are concerned tells me you are on the right track. 🙂
I'd simplify the issue and ask yourself: Is the time I spend with anime a distraction from the time I should be spending with God?
I was a ghost hunter and had to ask myself: Is the time I spend with ghost hunting a distraction from the time I should be spending with God? As I said, I WAS a ghost hunter! Now I spend that time with God and it has been so much more fulfilling!!!!! My prayer life is wonderful as is my time in church and in His Word.
Good luck! Pray about it and you will get your answer in due time.
its all part of the culture but its not bad
In the end, it's what You make it...It's neither good nor not good.
They don't worship demons. It's just a show and you're blowing it way out of proportion. And watching anime is not worshiping demons. You'd have to do a lot more to "worship" a demon. And also, most of the people who make anime aren't Christians. But getting power from a demon is not worshipping it. And the aspects of heaven or hell aren't really used in anime. If it bothers you so much and you think that watching anime will make you go to hell, don't watch it. Simple as that. Don't try to say that watching anime will make you go to hell. It's not worshipping a demon. Worshipping a demon is like being a satanist. not getting a special chakra from the nine-tailed demon fox. (from Naruto)
Don't be hung up on these things. You are enjoying fantasy which has nothing to do with your faith. You are not worshiping demons or the devil. Just the fact that you are worrying about it shows that you are not.
I think people make God small minded and narrow. He is not. He understands our heart and that is all that counts. Worship him in your own way and he will accept you for the person you are. People are the ones who are quick to condemn and most of the time it is nonsense
I think you're thinking too much. In my opinion, you enjoy watching people get power because it is what you want. I'm pretty sure people love to get power just by having great determination. People wish it were that easy. Not only that, but it's supposed to be a simplified metaphor for persistence and determination; when someone gets power when they're outnumbered, etc. If it gives you pleasure and harms no one, then why not watch it? I think that you--being a christian and all-- should care more about what acts you engage in than about a bit of harmless anime.
An idol is anything/person that distracts you from God. If it is playing these games so often that it consumes most of your time, then yes, it is an idol. The mere fact that you are getting concerned about the contents of these games should be a warning sign to you. If you are indeed a Christian then I think the Holy Spirit is convicting you . Don't be fooled and 'think' like wordly people. A previous person said...just worship God in your own way.... RUBBISH! You worship God in His way, with all your heart, all your soul... He is not satisfied with the breadcrumbs we throw at Him. He has given his all for you!
Hey, that's a good answer! so watching anime doesn't mean that we're really worshipping Satan and his demons.
Good answer!!!! 😀 ^__^
well i wouldnt say its demon worshiping or anything like that. and you look to hard in the bible and takes it to much serious. you can also say when jesus came to earth he made water to wine, he feed over 1000 ppl with 3 fishes and 5 breads, he also made a blind person see and last he gave a human back his life. so wouldnt that also say jesus is bad? he also got a power. and also havent you thought you would be jesus to?
christianity is bull crap go watch anime and get a life retard
Why not spend your free time reading the BIBLE?
Wowww that is really worldly what you just told this soul who is needing advice from Christians! "If it gives you pleasure and harms no one, then why not watch it?" That statement comes from worldly people who don't have reverence to anyone. A Christian is looking out for what is appropriate IN THE FIRST PLACE because they know that it is against God Himself! ITs like saying if you watched a show with major magic in it and its hurting no one, then you're gunna be just fine! Well, unlike the world, we have to look back at God although it may be difficult. If we just continued with some things that we know arent hurting anyone, we'd hurt ourselves by displeasing Him earning us a ticket to the OTHER SIDE instead of heaven.