No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
I’m old enough to remember when the first video games came out. Pong, a very simple table tennis game was state of the art. All there was to it were one paddle each, right and left, a center line denoting a net, and a blip on the screen that moved back and forth. Each player had a controller to move their paddle up and down – only – to intercept and “return” the blip.
That’s it. No animation, no 3-D.
My friend, Bill, had me over to play it with him; he’d just bought the setup to play it on his TV. I sat down on the sofa, and we went at it.
I looked at my watch after a short while only to find that several hours had disappeared. HOURS! Still wanting to play, I tore myself away from it, realizing that this was something dangerous somehow. My alarm bells were going off even as a part of me tried to pick up the control again.
All that. For Pong. A flat, 2-D trial run.
Years later I was introduced to another very well-known 3-D game, Doom, and the addiction thing started again. I was in my thirties and went at it for weeks until I realized this was no good. I was a grown man getting caught up in this crazy drug called video games.
Digital heroin. Imagine how that tastes to a kid with no defenses. Imagine his parents unknowingly being the pushers and now trying to intervene.
Is this a conscious evil plot from industry? Are there nefarious individuals in the shadows using those hard- and software developers toward ends the their dupes can’t imagine?
I’ll give you a qualified yes and an absolutely certain yes.
The qualified yes is that I know the drug companies are controlled by research institutes either directly or indirectly run be the Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Rothschilds. See my timeline from my series Pirates of the Sacred Spiral, Parts 5-8. Here is the link to Part 5: https://jeffreyhking.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/pirates-of-the-sacred-spiral-part-5/
If you search the category “DNA,” you’ll get the whole series. It is documented fact that they have controlled genetic research from its inception, controlled information about it, lied about it, and even were caught by congress at planning to control our entire education system to control the population.
Could they be behind video games as a means to pacify and control the population? That’s the qualified yes.
The absolute yes is Satan.
People ask why bad things happen. They want to know why a loving God does certain hurtful things. The short answers are Free Will and He doesn’t.
Sin is the result of Free Will. We must have the choice to sin or not, otherwise love doesn’t exist. How much would you value the love of your children if they had no choice but to love and obey. WE ARE Adam and Eve. We are physically, genetically descended from them. Their sin is ours.
God doesn’t do bad things. That’s Satan’s specialty. He is the Prince, the Ruler of this world. Why doesn’t God step in? Back to Free Will.
So…what do we do about digital heroin? Back to Free Will. As parents we choose what our kids get and do at home. That’s where we equip them with whatever they need to know to resist the evil of the world. We also have a responsibility to correct bad choices. Like buying our kids video games. At any age.
Or when you make a bad choice, you need to correct it. Take action. Be firm, loving, and do the right thing. Pray for strength, but it’s never easy. IN this case, it’s going to be a long haul for both the mom and the kid.
Rely on God. He’s here, waiting to be called on to help. Hopefully, it’s to make the right choice up front. He’ll take the call for corrective action too, and be with you through it, however ugly it might get.