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Should I give up the Sims 3?

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I'm asking for your advice and opinions because ever since I was 9 years old, I've played the sims series everyday and loved it, since I became a born again Christian at Easter last year, I've slowly but surely reduced my gameplay time because of wanting to spend more time with Jesus and wanting to do more fruitful activities like seeing fellow Christians in the church cafe and doing arts and craft and puzzles, etc.

But the thing is I play the sims 3 or 2 about 3-5 times a week now for about 1-3 hours a day in contrast to playing for hours everyday. I believe that the Holy Spirit has changed me from inside and has gave me some more godly desires and helped me stop most of my sins (there may be more I'm in the process of getting rid of or sins I'm not aware I have). I'm scared that I have an idol (the Sims) and I don't want to lose Jesus because sometimes I get desires to play or I think about the game when I should be thinking about Jesus or doing something for him!

For those who don't know about the game, the Sims is a game (up to 4 series now) where you create families and houses and you can live out their life stories and also there is a fan base where people create challenges that are not usually in the game to spice up the game even more. It can be addicting as it allows so much creativity to flow from the game and you can get enhanced in the families story so much you think about how you can make their life story progress and what you want them to accomplish next (become a robotics engineer or get a degree, reach level 10 in the politics career etc). Yes in the sims you can make your sims sin (homosexual relationships, cheating, stealing and fighting) but my gameplay has changed since becoming a born again Christian since I know it would upset God and I have no longer the desires to watch my character sin!

The desire pops into my head about 2-3 times a day and I usually put off playing until the evening and play for an hour or two, then afterwards I spend time with Jesus as I'm logging off my computer or whilst I'm waiting for a loading screen I pray sometimes. Sometimes I think about how to improve my gameplay about every once in a blue moon for about half an hour to an hour as i can really get into it. It generally does not cut into my bible reading time but it can my prayer time.

I believe Jesus deserves better for what he did for us and that I could reduce the time I spend on social media (forums and scrolling through videos on YouTube) and spend it doing more godly things like encouraging depressed people on Christian YouTube videos in the comments and praying for them or perhaps spreading the Gospel through forums and the internet. I also like to spend one with fellow Christians at my church cafe and I spend an hour to 3 hours with them usually 3-5 times a week. Or spend the extra time with him.

The question also remains, am I being Worldly by liking a video game but spending less time than I used to on it? And do I need to give it up perhaps? Do I perhaps need to further reduce time I spend on it? Is it an idol that I created unintentionally? I do acknowledge that soon the game will no longer exist and that there is more important things out there and I also acknowledge that Jesus is greater than any computer or video game out there and that I love him more. Whilst I'm not upset that the game won't exist in heaven or new earth I still want to play whilst I'm here on earth and I want to enjoy the game whilst I still have it.

What do you suggest I do? I'm not willing to let something as stupid as a game get in the way of living righteously and Holy for Jesus just because I enjoy it. I'm aware in the bible it says about putting off the old man and putting on the new and the commandment to not put anything before God.
 
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Greetings @ChildofChrist

It is so good to see the Lord working in your heart and transforming you.

Praise the Lord :love:

Here are a couple of Bible verses that should answer your questions.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
Proverbs 3: 5-7

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105


Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:8
 
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Thanks for your reply, 1 John 2:15 always weighed on me and I wanted to know exactly what it meant. I want to make sure I'm not loving the world, I don't know if I do or don't!
 
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From your description of the game -- it sounds like a person builds a fantasy life -- family, etc. -- isn't it Better to build a real family, Real relationships. In the game, the player is in control of everything. That is Not real life.

And that can be part of the problem -- getting so into it that fantasy can Become your own reality. A person needs to be away From that make believe world and back Into the Real world.

This real world can be harsh and cruel but it Can Also be loving, warm and caring.

The verses that Fragrant Grace shared are wonderful.
 
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Certain games can be fun and brain challenging, but games that are addicting is not good, any addiction to this world is not good.

Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
 
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I find it best to stick with games that have a specific ending so that we dont spend to much time on them.
 
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Thanks for all your insightful replies, I'm still playing but I'm enjoying time with the Lord and finding I'm generally focusing on him more anyway, if I get a thought to play the game but I want to pray or worship instead, I choose worship over the game.

I don't find a crime to enjoy yourself every once in a while.
 
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About being in the real world, I go out and meet people, I work in the community and spend time with family, so I'm not exactly hiding away from reality.

You're right about the real world being harsh especially with the corona Virus going on and what not, I can see why people would want to hide behind a screen over facing reality, (I used to before I was saved...)
 
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I think that when it's not something you can just put aside to then use at another time, that it's good to be watchful about it. Note your reactions and thoughts about it. I think you will see. And most importantly ask God to show and help. You can do something smart, reducing to a minimum and put godly actions in like you say for example helping out. Well done you. God sees that. And the person you help so grateful. Lovely to read. I think that as long as God has most parts of us. But it definitely seems like He's been working on you. Well done!
What you say about participating in watching sin I come to think about TV, and movies and computer.
God has certainly shown you. Well done if you were my son I'd be so immense proud.
 
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We as a society invest too much time, resources, etc into entertainment and wonder why we have to problems we have. Instead of solving real world problems, we are solving virtual problems that bear no fruit.

And I'm an ex- gamer myself so I know the joyful dopamine hits I used to get from reaching new levels and mastering a game... I have the breath of life given to me by the Creator of life itself. I bear His image and have a unique purpose only I can accomplish. He is ready to equip me for the next step, as long as I reach my foot out in faith...

...Right after I beat my high score.
 
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It’s as Socrates once said “everything in moderation”
Too much of anything isn’t good for you. Being stuck in your Bible in the prayer closet isn’t healthy physically, emotionally, or even spiritually, as we are also called to go out and socialize and whatnot.
Drinking too much water can result in water intoxication, which can lead to health problems such as seizures, comas, or even death.
And playing too many games to the point of addiction is also unhealthy.
But setting enough time in your day to drink enough water, play a few games, and read your Bible and pray is completely fine.
 
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We are warned of in 1 John 2:15-17
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15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

"

To love the world and things in it is to fulfill the desires of the flesh and carnal mind and put your happiness in the enjoyment of them.
To give your time and affections to those things. Game, movies, T.V., bike riding, reading non-biblical books,
rock climbing, martial arts, cooking gourmet food, etc. etc. etc. the list of things you can give your affection and time to of this world and things in it is innumerable.

Remember we are told that "he that doeth the will of God abideth forever". God does not want using doing these things.

Matthew 7:14 tells us that few will be saved. Most people do not have respect of the reward and continue doing things they know God does not want to be doing. Therefore they will perish. For we are
warned that the lukewarm, hypocrites and unprofitable servants will be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
 
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