Corinthians II 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Now I have never gotten “into” the game, (and I thank my lord and savior for that) I have been around people who have and from what I have researched and have seen its is my conclusion the game teaches witchcraft, demonology, voodoo, necromancy and satanism. There are many more but lets look at just these five and other meanings in their definitions. Those of you who are playing D&D are angry right now and are looking for the mail link to give me a tongue lashing. Before you do I ask, as some ask me to do, just listen for a moment. What we must do is identify certain definitions and then see if in fact this game is contrary to the word of God.
According to Webster what is:
Sorcery– The use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits.
Demonology– the study of demons or evil spirits
Voodoo– One who deals in spells and necromancy
Necromancy– Conjuration of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or changing the course of events.
Magic– The use of means (as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces.
Satanism– obsession with or affinity for evil
Now let us look at some of the characters from which a player can choose. And keep in mind Mr. Gygax admits these are derived from mythology.
Mythology– The myths dealing with gods, demi-gods and legendary heroes involving supernatural events.
Dwarf– a small legendary manlike being.
Elf– a small often mischievous fairy. a small lively creature; also mischievous or malicious person.
Gnome– an ageless and often deformed dwarf of folklore who lives in the earth and usually guards treasure.
Half-elf, Halfling, Half-orc– There are no definitions in the dictionary for these three creatures and I admit I do not know what they are. However from what I know of mythology they are somewhat like the above. Perhaps Half elf, half human etc….
Now the occupations the player can choose. There are many but lets use these.
Cleric– Wears armor, has weapons and can do spells and heal wounds.
Druid– Cleric of nature with powers over plants and animals
Ranger– Woodsman with magical abilities.
Magic user– no need to explain this one is there
Illusionists– magic user
Thief– does this one need explaining?
Now the object of the game.
Players try to build up personal power and wealth. They have to penetrate the dungeon or the maze that the dungeon master has created. This game has no cards, boards or play money. It is played in the mind and mapped out on paper. The motivation is greed and you can do what ever you have to do to outwit and win. If it means to steal, rape, assassinate, trick or kill then so be it. You cast spells, hexes or curses on the other players monsters to help over come them. Players also have the ability to reincarnate their dead characters and the ability to gain information by contacting the spirit world. (just a tad of new age there) The game also uses occult emblems. See Signs and Symbols
So what is the problem with all of this?
Well if this were only a game to play like football, baseball ect.. there would be no problem. Most games are played on a field or board. Here lies the problem. This and games like it are in the field of the mind which is a very fragile thing when the wrong things are pumped into it. In order to master this game you need to take on characteristics of what you are playing. Most of the time you act out what is in you, your fantasies or imagination. Lets look at what God has to say about these things.
Concerning your fantasy’s or imagination
2nd Corinthians 10:3,4,5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Concerning the witchcraft and other things listed
1st Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Deuteronomy 18:10 ,11,12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Galatians 5:19 ,20,21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
What you think you become. If all this garbage gets in you mind you can not think in a rational way. What you have to understand is Satan is the author of all this perversion. The bottom line is he hates your guts because we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). There is a battle for your soul and it is not a battle of the flesh as we see in 2 Cor. 10:3,4,5. Now, if Satan can get you to reject Gods word and keep you from this knowledge that you have just read, then he has you right where he wants you.
So much more can be said here and I am not going to dig more deeply. More things can be listed but what is the point. This has just taken the tip of the “ice berg” and from just what is shown any rational person (God Fearing) can see this game is demonic.
As I stated at the beginning this is my God inspired view by his Holy word. I would advise you to do your own research into what Mr. Gygax has created here.