Demonic Toys


Uploaded by Discern4 on 28.10.2011

Transcript:
In the mid-80s, video games were making a comeback with the Nintendo Entertainment System.
The Legend of Zelda was released, and it became one of Nintendo's most popular series of games.
Except I was not allowed to play it.
Growing up in a strict pentecostal sect,
I realized early on that everything in life revolved around whether God thought something was good
or bad
and the bad had a way of somehow supernaturally influencing me for the worse.
The interpretation of what was good or bad was mainly up to pastors in the church,
as the bible wasn't always clear on the subject in question.
It was a black and white life, revolving around "abstaining from every form of evil".
Various aspects of pop culture were condemned and preached against in my church.
I can recall one member of our church speaking to the congregation
and warning parents of two demonic games,
The Legend of Zelda, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
The game was considered demonic because it promoted spells and witchcraft,
and had you pitted against various ungodly creatures.
He advised that while all other Nintendo game cartridges were grey in colour,
the two Zelda games were special because they were actually gold,
making it a huge drawcard for kids.
It was yet another tactic by Satan to influence children with his demonic wares.
I remember wishing I could play RPG games like Zelda and Final Fantasy.
Or even just to have that cool gold cartridge.
Yet even if I got the games, I would not have been able to play them
because our church did not allow us to have a TV.
But that's another video.
For the time being, I had to go to my friend's house and watch him play the game.
My parents were strong adherants to all such advice given over the pulpit,
as they simply wanted to do what they felt was right by God.
So a lot of things were banned in our house.
The earliest one I can remember was He-Man.
"I have the power!"
Ok, let's take a quick timeout.
There is something indescribable about the sheer confidence displayed by He-Man here.
Never in my life have I seen anyone else so sure about *anything*,
let alone the fact that they have *the* power.
So why was He-Man banned?
Well, there's Skeletor for a start.
There also the use of witchcraft, and summoning the power of Grayskull.
And if He-Man has the power, where does that leave Jesus Christ?
Back in the 80s, a number of fundamentalist churches like mine
began promoting the idea that objects like toys can carry spirits or demonic influence.
Having these objects in your home meant you had opened a door to demonic influence over your life.
The types of effects these demons had on kids were things like nightmares, sickness, rebellion,
or other emotional problems.
Basically, any object that could be identified as ungodly likely contained some kind of demonic influence.
Here are a few toys I remember being banned or spoken against:
My Little Pony was demonic as it contained elements of witchcraft and fantasy,
like flying ponies, unicorns, and potentially demonic symbols.
Care Bears had special magic powers that don't come from God
and the cartoon had witchcraft in it.
I got a Rubik's Pyramid puzzle, but had to get rid of it because
it was in the shape of a pyramid, and the top of a pyramid symbolizes the all-seeing eye
which has connections to egyptian gods and the Illuminati cult.
I had an Empire Strikes Back storybook, but had to get rid of that also,
because The Force is basically a pagan belief in pantheism,
which is contrary to the God of the Bible.
Trolls. Remember these guys? They were considered demonic as well.
Ninja Turtles. Thankfully for some reason my parents didn't jump on this bandwagon.
But there were plenty of pastors and church members condemning these heroes in a half shell.
Cabbage Patch kids were also condemned.
Because...
um...
Well they're just demonic ok, so stop asking questions.
But seriously I was trying to remember why they were bad, and I had to do a little research.
What I didn't realize was that there were a handful of Christian books
put out in the late 80s and early 90s, which condemned almost everything I just mentioned.
Evidently, some pastors in our pentecostal churches must've got a hold of one or two of these books
and milked it for all it was worth.
The best I could come up with regarding Cabbage Patch kids was tracing the idea back to Bill Gothard,
who allegedly believed the dolls
"were causing strange and destructive behavior in children
that could only be alleviated when the dolls were removed or destroyed."
The fundamentalist craze caught on and demonic Cabbage Patch kids became yet another Christian urban legend.
Aside from this, you'd also hear stories about Chinese people in factories,
making these dolls, toys, and objects, and putting curses on them before they sent them out the door.
Just a quick note:
If a member of a religion outside Christianity blesses an object or person,
many fundamentalists will advise that this is actually a curse,
because the person making the blessing worships a false god, and they are actually invoking demonic powers.
There was always this mentality that becoming a Christian put you on the frontlines of demonic assault.
Now that you follow Jesus, Satan is going to come at you and your family with everything he's got.
Christians sing about the freedom and power they have in Christ,
yet in the presence of a Care Bear, Jesus had no power at all.
Fundamentalists would say, well it's because you chose to bring that object into your house,
therefore it's your fault for opening a door to the demonic.
So what about all the other objects in your house that you're unaware of?
The novel you're reading could've been written by a secret witch.
The soap you use could be made a Buddhist that "blesses" his soap before he sends it off.
Once you start getting into this stuff, you don't know where to draw the line.
There's all these demonic objects out there that could affect your family,
yet God gives you no guidelines on how to handle this stuff, nor does He seem to protect you from it either.
You also find it strange that when you look at your friends who have the same toys,
they don't seem to have any problems.
Why does it only seem to happen to Christian families?
As the years roll on, new pop culture fads replace the old ones.
I was an adult by then, but I did hear about the demonic influence of
Pokemon,
Harry Potter,
and World of Warcraft.
Now, let me actually defend fundamentalists for a moment.
If the god of the bible were real
then Christians, to some extent, have a valid point.
If the God you love says in His beloved book that He hates witchcraft
why would you want to delve into and enjoy something that your God hates?
How is that showing love and dedication to the God you serve?
This highlights once again the black and white nature of fundamental Christianity.
The scriptures don't always allow a balanced interpretation,
which leads to these extreme views.
"If you're not with me, you're against me", says Jesus.
Christians who warn of the dangers of Harry Potter are simply trying to obey the Bible as it's written,
and it could be argued that those Christians who are indifferent to such subjects
are at odds with their own scriptures.
Thanks for watching, and I'll leave you with some interesting clips from a christian video.
Then he'll take the little He-Man,
and he'll begin to yell those words,
by the power of...
Greyskull?
And he'll begin to throw spells on people.
And He-Man is being lifted up as a God, and many children are receiving him as such.
and a radio preacher came on and said "Our Lord God, the Master of the universe."
And her boy jumped on the backseat of the car and said,
"Mommy, God isn't master of the universe, He-Man is!"
And the GI Joe characters are getting occultic too, aren't they?
Oh yeah, yeah.
Characters like Darth Vader who look almost exactly like the ancient Norse god Odin.
And Yoda's called the zen master, he's always seen with serpents around him or serpents around his neck.
Yeah, look at the serpents around his neck there!
It's a camoflage occult movie including levitation, psychic healing, mind control,
mental telepathy, that type of thing.
And you know what happens to you when you die, you turn blue and your lips turn black.
In other words, these are depictive of dead creatures?
Right.
What I'm seeing in Care Bears, it's almost like they're setting up their own religion.
That children are to tell these Care Bears their problems,
instead of telling God or mom and dad.
And they're just so cute.
Now wait a minute, this is not a pony though, this is a unicorn!
Right. A unicorn.
Well the rainbow represents the networking of the New Age.
Right.
I tell you what, you have a responsibility as a parent to stop the children from having these toys,
from watching these cartoons,
and we'll share later how you're responsible for that child.
In the name of Jesus I break every stronghold and I command that Satan loses hold upon your household,
and I praise God for it, amen.
So let's get a Skeletor type of voice.
Let me turn this on here, I think I'm getting it too loud..
SKELETOR
THE MASTER
OF THE UNIVERSE
Does that give you kind of an example of uh..?
Yeah, you should see the commercial.