• Welcome to Christian Forums
  1. Welcome to Christian Forums, a forum to discuss Christianity in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to be able to join in fellowship with Christians all over the world.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!

  2. The forums in the Christian Congregations category are now open only to Christian members. Please review our current Faith Groups list for information on which faith groups are considered to be Christian faiths. Christian members please remember to read the Statement of Purpose threads for each forum within Christian Congregations before posting in the forum.
  3. Please note there is a new rule regarding the posting of videos. It reads, "Post a summary of the videos you post . An exception can be made for music videos.". Unless you are simply sharing music, please post a summary, or the gist, of the video you wish to share.
  4. There have been some changes in the Life Stages section involving the following forums: Roaring 20s, Terrific Thirties, Fabulous Forties, and Golden Eagles. They are changed to Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, and Golden Eagles will have a slight change.
  5. CF Staff, Angels and Ambassadors; ask that you join us in praying for the world in this difficult time, asking our Holy Father to stop the spread of the virus, and for healing of all affected.
  6. We are no longer allowing posts or threads that deny the existence of Covid-19. Members have lost loved ones to this virus and are grieving. As a Christian site, we do not need to add to the pain of the loss by allowing posts that deny the existence of the virus that killed their loved one. Future post denying the Covid-19 existence, calling it a hoax, will be addressed via the warning system.
  7. There has been an addition to the announcement regarding unacceptable nick names. The phrase "Let's go Brandon" actually stands for a profanity and will be seen as a violation of the profanity rule in the future.

Is everything a sin?

Discussion in 'Requests for Christian Advice' started by RC1138Delta38, Nov 27, 2021.

  1. SANTOSO

    SANTOSO Well-Known Member

    +1,028
    Indonesia
    Christian
    Married
    Beloved one, let us consider what is a hobby ?an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure. I consider nothing wrong to do activity in one’s leisure time for godly pleasure, but to do activity for ungodly pleasure, I consider that to be wrong.

    Yes, you mentioned such as writing and video games. There are many godly writings and godly video games. I see nothing wrong with that.

    The guy said that,”I am a born again Christian but everyone says, don't do things out of selfishness and do what is pleasing to God, I'm not allowed to have self-will?”

    As a born again Christian, there is nothing wrong about,”don't do things out of selfishness and do what is pleasing to God.”

    Beloved one, let us consider what we have heard:

    “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.”
    ‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    Beloved one, let us consider what our Lord has done for us, that He died for us, that we who live should live no longer for ourselves,
    but for Him who died for us and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

    For we also heard :
    “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    To God the Father be thanksgiving through Christ. Amen
     
  2. Littlek

    Littlek I'm His

    416
    +316
    Christian
    Married
    For me, I love playing video and board games, puzzles, etc. When it comes to violence, blood, gore, I’m instantly turned off. So many games are like that! My favorite two games are animal crossing and forza 4/5. (And of course Mario games)
    I suffer from fibromyalgia, so my down time is more than the average person. I probably spend a little more time playing than I should but it’s hard for me to just sit and relax. I have to read, craft or do something. I have limited energy when it comes to cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.
    I do feel guilty sometimes, but I also have to remember I’m not 100% healthy. I can’t work a full time or even part time job. I can’t even get out and rake the back yard. This problem in itself is hard sometimes to accept.
    But anyway, I see nothing wrong with playing games..just don’t let them run your life. (Live to play) Games are also a way to connect with people, and have some good old quality time with family.
     
  3. RDKirk

    RDKirk Alien, Pilgrim, and Sojourner Supporter

    +16,088
    Christian
    Married
    The problem you've raised has a simple answer, and you already know what that answer is.

    Look at your statements that I've bolded. You are convicted...that's what conviction is. That's the result of your mind beginning to be transformed to the mind of Christ.

    In the absolute view of Christ, this is an essential truth:

    For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. -- Romans 14

    If you can't in good conscience pray to God for opportunity and success in that particular act...it's probably a sin for you.

    It may not be a sin for everyone--we all have different levels of spiritual strength. But if it's bothering you, it's a sin for you, because what bothers your conscience is not proceeding from faith.

    When it comes to the affairs of this world, it's helpful to apply the Philippian Prescription:

    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. -- Philippians 4:8

    Going along with that, Paul provides a couple of other tests: Is it beneficial? Does it edify? That is, will it make you a better person?

    Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible, but not everything is edifying.-- 1 Corinthians 10

    By saying "everything is permissible," Paul is setting aside the written code as the guide to every action and raising the bar. It's not a matter of studying the bible's "dead letters" to determine "is this a sin?" and "is that a sin?" the way the Pharisees did to the nth degree.

    Paul raises the bar. Can you say that it's a good use of the Master's resources (which include your own time)?
     
  4. Neostarwcc

    Neostarwcc We are saved purely by the work and grace of God. Supporter

    +3,383
    United States
    Calvinist
    Married
    Not everything in this world is sin but it sure seems that way. Everywhere we go there's sex, gore, violence, bad talk, alcohol and all that jazz. But not everything is sin. Honestly? It's impossible without God to know every sin out there. The Holy Spirit is our helper and usually let's us know what we need to be doing and not doing with our lives. If you're not being convicted by the Holy Spirit than odds are what you're doing is not sin.
     
  5. TedT

    TedT Member since Job 38:7

    +203
    Canada
    Christian
    Married
    No but as a sinner, everything you think or do is touched by your sinfulness....
     
  6. timothyu

    timothyu Well-Known Member

    +6,140
    Canada
    Non-Denom
    Private
    Is it possible for any animal surviving on instinct to rise above the ways of the world by themselves?
     
  7. FutureAndAHope

    FutureAndAHope Just me Supporter

    +2,082
    Christian
    Married
    I think it is fine to play computer games as a Christian (I do, and I still minister to others). There is a verse in the bible that God showed me on this issue.

    Ecc 7:16-17 Be not overly righteous, neither make yourself overly wise, why should you destroy yourself. But be not overly wicked, neither foolish, why should you die before your time.

    The verse above applies to things like computer games, they contain a few things that would be considered "unrighteous", but as a game player to give up would make you feel deprived. This verse is all about that feeling of deprivation. It to us says, don't be so overly righteous that you can not enjoy yourself with things that are grey areas.

    When the apostles wrestled with the question of what was permitted by Christain's they forbade idol worship, and sexual immorality. So the above scripture can not be used as a reason for sexual immorality, but when it comes to entertainment there is some flexibility.

    I try to manage what I play, if a game has sexuality, or homosexuality, I avoid it. I did for a time not play any game with magic, and I still don't play many, but recently I bought a game with magical elements called Hammerting, a middle earth type game. One of my previous pastors enjoyed reading Lord of the Rings, a book with much magic, it did not effect him, I say this to say games with magic are not going to kill your Christain life.

    Just be careful not to get so caught up in gaming that your spiritual connection to God suffers. Jesus said, "Pray that you enter not into temptation for the Spirit is willing but the flesh weak". This shows us that prayer is vital for avoiding sin, and remaining Spiritually vibrant.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2021
  8. A_Thinker

    A_Thinker Well-Known Member Supporter

    +8,583
    Christian
    Married
    Ask God to lead you to more godly ways to find recreation.

    You are God's child ... so, you are not a clone of His, ... but He does have expectations. But you are different from every one of God's other children (and He knows that) ... so your expectation, is to be the best YOU you can be.

    When we come to points where our will and His will don't match, ... we will ultimately find that His way is more edifying and satisfying. The question is ... how long will it take for us to learn that this is true ...
     
  9. RDKirk

    RDKirk Alien, Pilgrim, and Sojourner Supporter

    +16,088
    Christian
    Married
    I would point out that in Lord of the Rings, magic is presented as something questionable-to-bad in its effects and applications...and definitely not a solution to the problems of humans.
     
  10. Katrina Wingo

    Katrina Wingo New Member

    17
    +25
    United States
    Christian
    Married
    Always keep growing closer to God, that is what is required, I often have a Bible study or Christian music playing while I play a game...just keep growing in Your closeness to how you know God and worship Him.
     
Loading...