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.
Thank You for sharing this. I almost got addicted to anime.
I have to say that my last response in regards to attack on Titan was a bit extreme. Yes I still would be careful watching it but there are some animes that I’ve watched in the past that had nothing to do with supernatural stuff for example, Pat Labor. Regarding attack on Titan I think it’s more of symbolic based on what the author has been writing about and it’s more of a symbolic message regarding what’s been going on between nations historically. Although I still do not like the message of losing our humanity to fight against monsters. I would still use a lot of the discernment and wisdom from God as you’re watching this. Other than that any of the anime that has magic, witchcraft, sorcery, demons I would stay far and clear away from that.
you are crazy lying! Jesus said anyone who desires a relationshiop with the father has to do so thru him.. sooo your full of doookie!
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.
yep that is indeed might get happened if you do not know the truth
but if you are aware you know you wouldn't even think of that as your option
i also am quite addicted to manga and light novel i just bulk modify those taboo words and not include them in those chapters like demons,gods,spirituals and so on except if it's biblical if the author or the chapters has the mark of the beast 666 or something i would ignore it or stop reading
i can't stop reading manga and lightnovel even if it's so boring because i don't have anything else to do anyway so i'm bored and i'll be going in the right direction soon so i guess it's okay for now
i like reading reincarnation and op mc because i am weak and i have a lot of failures in life i just want to run even just for a bit from reality i remembered that the power of christ is made especially for those who are weak
Xenophobia is not cool!
Yes it doesn't give You right legal to watch Anime because that is how Satan enters in you have given Satan legal right no just to possess but to decive. this is where he convince you to watch things like porn and other unsavory entertainment that can corrupt you just even as much As any other sins. entertainment notice the word Enter?
And this corrupts many Christian adults and children I wonder about today's culture are adult children who haven't grown up in 1 Corinthians 13 : 11 when I was a child I acted and reasoned as child but when I became a Man I put away Childish things isn't anime child's play ? I feel it is the interest and addiction is an delusion from Satan ..
Samuel, you are opening access to your soul to the demonic. The Bible say to set no evil thing before your eyes. A little leaven, leave a the whole lump. Repent ask for forgiveness, renounce all demons and demonic activity u have had with this type of viewing and slam that door shut. Ask the Lord to cleanse your body, soul and spirit. Bind your mind to the mind of Christ and your will to the Father’s will and your feet to the paths of righteousness. Forgive your self and ask for the Gordy of discernment. Ask Holy Spirit to help to discipline your fleshly desires and choose to walk closer to the Lord. Blessings Samuel.
A little leaven leaves the whole lump.