How To Win a Wizard Battle (By Using Your Brain)

In previous Gamerfaith articles we’ve talked about some important aspects of “leveling up” and growing in your walk with God. We’ve discussed the importance of:

So by now you should be ready for many varieties of monstrous encounters (including Smaug the dragon). If you missed those articles, just click on them to take a look.

Today we will examine one more important element of being a warrior. This is something that is crucial when it comes to interacting with people that are skeptical of your beliefs. We will learn how to deal with evil wizards that seek to oppose your beliefs. How do we do that? With our noggins!

Keep Your MP Full by Understanding Your Own Beliefs

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Proverbs 2 (ESV)

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,

making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,

then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.

Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;

for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,

delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,

who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,

who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil,

men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.

So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words,

who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God;

for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed;

none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.

So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.

For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,

but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

We’ve already learned in a previous article that (much like many video games) it is important to keep your health, hearts, or HP full. In addition to our heart gauge, it is also important to keep our MP (Magic Points) full.

Depending on the game you’re playing, MP can be presented in different ways. Some games call it MP while others may refer to them as Special Points, Magic, or Tech Points.

No matter what it’s called, they usually serve a similar purpose. You build your MP up so that you can use them in times of dire need.

Chances are, you don’t literally run around and slap people with specially charged up magic attacks (I sure hope not). In real life, MP can instead be our Mind Points.

If we charge up our Mind Points, we’ll be ready to use them in times of need. How do we charge up our MP?

  • Read the Bible
  • Research the Bible
  • Join a Bible study
  • Dig deep into the word
  • Know what you believe, and why you believe it

All of this boils down to knowing what you are talking about. This is important because it is our responsibility to combat the misconception that Christianity is a baseless religion.

Don’t feed the “you just have to believe” monster. There are skeptics all over the world, and many of them view Christianity as a belief that lacks evidence. Ironically, those people usually don’t take the time to actually look at the Bible.

The sad thing is, many proclaimed believers do the same thing. They claim to follow God, but they don’t know anything about Him. They claim to follow the Bible, but they never read it (which is a shame, because it is awesome). They claim to live for Jesus, but they don’t reflect it in their lifestyle.

Mathew 7: 21-29 (ESV)

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’

And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,

for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

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Read all of Matthew 7 (ESV) here!

Don’t be the guy that buckles under the pressure when asked about your beliefs. Christianity isn’t founded on blind faith. Therefore an answer like: “You just have to believe” isn’t true.

But isn’t faith important? Yes, of course we are called to have faith. We are called to have faith in the Almighty God, that has proven His power in many ways. I believe that we have seen how awesome God is, and therefore we are called to have faith that He will accomplish the unseen things that He has promised.

Believing in creation is logical. You just have to make a point to learn why. I HIGHLY recommend “The Book of Genesis a Commentary” by Chuck Missler if you want to learn more.

We believe in Christ, because believing in Christ makes the most sense. It is founded on proof. Click here to read about about some of the proof. There’s heaps more proof than just that though, and I encourage you to seek it out.

Always be ready for opposition, and be careful not to feed misconceptions.

Don’t Lose Your Footing

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There’s a pretty high possibility that you will meet (or have already met) people who are dead set on derailing your belief in God. These people often have misconceptions about what a Christian really is. They may even have a personal vendetta against Christianity in general (although they may not admit it).

When dealing with this sort of encounter it’s important to know your facts, but it’s also important to avoid traps. Many of these naysayers will focus on one specific thing that bothers them about your beliefs. They will likely say things along the lines of:

  • “What about the part of the Bible that says not to do something, yet modern Christians do it anyways?” Answer: Here!
  • “Why does God allow suffering?” Answer: Here!
  • “Why does God seem stern in the Old Testament, but loving in the New Testament?” Answer: Here!
  • “What proves that Jesus is God?” There are tons of things, but you can start with this Answer: Here!

Questions like these have answers. Often, these questions are developed by taking something in the Bible completely out of context. Other times, a lack of sufficient Biblical knowledge may form a roadblock for their understanding.

It’s not surprising for a skeptic to be confused when they have no understanding for who God is, what the Bible says, and what Jesus is all about.

There’s a good chance that the skeptic you are conversing with has no interest in actually learning about God. If you focus all of your MP on answering silly little questions without them understanding any context, they will likely have an “I don’t buy it” attitude.

Focus your stored MP on explaining to them why you believe what you believe. Build a relationship, and don’t forget to ask questions back. Many people don’t have any foundations for their own beliefs. Many people don’t even believe in anything. Show them that your beliefs make sense. Lay a foundation, so that when you do answer their question, it is founded on something.

If you draw a blank, or have trouble coming up with the words to say… explain to them that you have a lot of interesting information for them, but you need to gather it so that you can do a better job of explaining it. Try to set up an opportunity to follow up with them in person if possible.

 

Be Prepared For Rejection

Gandalf vs. Balrog

Sometimes arguing with a skeptic feels like fighting a Balrog. All the evidence in the world wouldn’t change their mind at that moment. This doesn’t mean that you should write that person off, but also don’t feel defeated.

Many people disregard the Bible entirely, but absolutely refuse to examine what it says in any way. They act like they won’t let you within a hundred feet of them with the Bible.

These people like to ridicule God from what they feel is a safe distance. They choose to be ignorant about God, but they also choose to attack the belief in Him.

This can be really frustrating for a God follower.

Don’t let this cause you to stumble. Remain diligent in prayer and love for this person. I have seen firsthand the amazing effects of praying for someone who is confused about God. Keep at it!

Proverbs 1: 7 (ESV)

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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Read all of Proverbs 1 here!

Show these people Jesus through your lifestyle. Show them that you act in love, integrity, and wisdom.

I’m still learning about dealing with skeptics myself, but I pray this helps you out.

Always remember to seek God first! What He says is way more important than what I say!

Love you guys! Praying for you!

-Caleb

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