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Pokmon has supernatural powers. "Some Pokmon grow, or evolve." This is facilitated by the "Energy cards" that "make your Pokmon bigger and more powerful." And what is the source of this power? It is the pantheistic power of the occult, not the supernatural power of God. I have found two cards that make this very clear (there are likely more). They are Abra and Kadabra. Yes, these are their actual names. "Abrakadabra" (or abracadabra) has been a word long associated with occult magic. Webster's dictionary defines it this way - 1) a word supposed to have magic powers and hence used in incantations, on amulets, etc. 2) a magic spell or formula. It is no accident that the two Pokmon called Abra and Kadabra are psychic cards with magical powers.

On the Abra card we read "Using its ability to read minds, it will identify impending danger and teleport to safety." Then there are the occult symbols on Kadabra. He has a pentagram on his forehead, SSS on his chest and he is giving the Satanic salute with his left hand. All of the above have strong occult significance. It is clear from the Bible (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) that we are neither to participate in nor associate with activities related to the occult.

Some of the readers will no doubt protest, "it's only a game!" To be sure it is a game, but a game that does not glorify God! When God says something is wrong, it is wrong regardless of what form it is in. Not only that, but many of the kids who play this game are seduced into believing the principles that the game subtly teaches. Here is but one example. In the booklet that comes with Pokmon, note what is stated -- "Welcome to the world of Pokmon, a special place where people just like you train to become the number-one Pokmon Master in the World! But what is a Pokmon, you ask. ' Pokmon are incredible creatures that share the world with humans,' says Professor Oak, the leading authority on these monsters. There are currently 150 documented species of Pokmon. . . . Each Pokmon has its own special fighting abilities. . . . Some grow, or evolve, into even more powerful creatures.. . . Carry your pokemon with you, and you're ready for anything! You've got the power in your hands, so use it!"

Listen, kids are carrying around their Pokmon like a magic talisman. Author and researcher Berit Kjos tells of a mom who overheard two boys discussing their little pocket monsters. As the conversation developed one boy said, "I'll just use my psychic powers." It was clear that the so called fantasy world of Pokmon had already conditioned this boys thinking to be receptive to a key occult doctrine - psychic powers!

Pokmon promotes occult values, not biblical values and therefore should be rejected!

Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D., Logos Resource Pages 94 Comments [3/29/2012 3:56:38 AM]
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Thy Jeebus

'As the conversation developed one boy said, "I'll just use my psychic powers." It was clear that the so called fantasy world of Pokmon had already conditioned this boys thinking to be receptive to a key occult doctrine - psychic powers!'

Or that they were playing a game. People like you, sir, are the only ones who actually believe in demons, psychic powers, or hidden occult influences. Most children are smarter than that.

3/29/2012 4:07:01 AM

Lizuka

Abra? Kadabra? Get with it and complain about Arceus - he's quite literally a god.

Alternatively, Reshiram and Zekrom being the living embodiments of Tao.

3/29/2012 4:31:08 AM

Philbert McAdamia

Abracadabra
Abracadab
Abracad Abraca
Abra Ab

_____________________Ambrose Bierce

3/29/2012 4:32:12 AM

Hugh G. Rection

I lol'd

3/29/2012 4:39:13 AM

Pule Thamex

I don't object to sharing the internet with the mentally disturbed. Although, I should point out, for the Pastor's sake, that magic brings one closer to the magical powers of the supernatural King of Creation, Mr. Hocus Pocus Himself, Lord Bible God.

3/29/2012 4:59:51 AM

Filin De Blanc

People are still worried about this?

3/29/2012 5:00:02 AM

Argle Bargle

If you're going to malign a children's game, at least learn to spell its name properly.

3/29/2012 5:06:57 AM

Guffy Arsekettle

"It is no accident that the two Pokmon called Abra and Kadabra are psychic cards with magical powers."

Of course it's no accident! They're punny names. There are lots of puns in Pokemon.

3/29/2012 5:14:13 AM

Mister Spak

Pokeman isn't real. Your myth isn't either.

3/29/2012 5:18:35 AM

Brendan Rizzo

Let's count the ways this fails:

1. He thinks that Pokémon has some supernatural power.

2. He doesn't even spell it right.

3. He's at least 13 years behind the times. (I remember the heyday of Pokémon was in 1998 and 1999.)

4. He only seems to be familiar with the card game (which makes me suspect that this is an old quote).

And 5. Is there anything that isn't overtly religious which, by this pastor's standards, "glorifies God"? Because if only explicitly religious things are allowed, then I understand a lot more why the Dark Ages were rather stagnant compared to what came after.

3/29/2012 5:19:54 AM

Big Jilm

You're about 12 years too late there buddy. Why don't you make yourself useful and go after all of those kid-corrupting beatniks or that evil new music they call Jazz.

3/29/2012 5:22:45 AM

Mihangel apYrs

wahhhh
stop listening to that made-up drivel, mine is soooo much older (and nastier)

3/29/2012 5:25:28 AM

nutbunny

"It is the pantheistic power of the occult, not the supernatural power of God."

Actually, it is the power of IIiiIIiMaaaAAginaaAAAtioOOn

@ Lizuka

Wow. Thanks for the info. Pokmon (sic) seem a fuck load cooler now :-3

3/29/2012 5:30:00 AM

Atheissimo

Energy cards don't make the Pokemon bigger or more powerful, they just serve as a way to limit the ways you can move in the card game to make it more interesting.

They don't exist at all in the Anime


I think it's funny that, despite all of this bullshit about it corrupting youth and leading them to Satan, the only people who actually believe in these demons and ghosts and occult magic is you.

3/29/2012 5:39:22 AM

Swede

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Pokemon originally a computer game? The source of its power is the electricity socket in the wall.

The boys knew more about fantasy and imagination than you will ever do, Pastor.

3/29/2012 5:44:57 AM

Hertzyscowicz

There are currently 150 documented species of Pokmon. . . .

... and this would be the first and last thing the pastor gets right.

3/29/2012 5:46:25 AM

birdboy2000

Swede, although pokemon did originate as a video game series, the gameboy, gameboy color, and gameboy advance used AA batteries. Only when Diamond and Pearl came out for the DS did their source of power come from plugging into an electric socket. :P

Fundies have been complaining about pokemon since it came out, and it's still one of the most popular video game series in the world.

(Heck, given that they're saying 150 instead of 649 pokemon, I wouldn't be surprised if this quote is FROM around when it came out)

3/29/2012 5:51:02 AM

Swede

@ birdboy2000
Yeah, ok, batteries, then. It's still "ecklectricity", not demons.

3/29/2012 6:07:19 AM

dionysus

Abra and Kadabra are based on Yuri Geller. In Japan Kadabra is called Yungerer (the "n" representing the merger of "r" and "i" and the first "r" being a Japanese substitute for the English "l"). Yuri Geller even tried to sue the company for using his name and likeness (which failed). That's it. They were simply a parody of a real life "psychic". If you really want to look for something pure evil in Pokemon look no further than Aipom and Mr. Mime.




Oh dear Arceus!!!! Kill it with Flamethrower!!!

3/29/2012 6:07:39 AM

farpadokly

I sometimes wonder what the function of this kind of rejection of toys, games etc is. It can only be, I suppose, that the kind of power represented by pastors and priests is inherently unstable, and they fear that kids, left to make up their own minds, will see through it and leave their churches, which would mean a reduction in their power base. (Here I'm presupposing that "God" to them symbolises little more than their particular power structure). Hence the jealous drive to get kids to focus attention on subservience and obedience to said power structure. If kids have outside interests, if they play games where the supernatural, which should be the exclusive preserve of the power structure and which partly guarantees it's continuance, is simply a fun game element, then they may start to have independent lives and think independently. They may start to associate the supernatural not with power and authority but with games and fiction, which may lead to an undermining of the power of their particular church.
Absurd, unjust power institutions always demand first of all to be taken seriously. That is why it's so subversive to do like the little boy did when he pointed out that the emperor had no clothes: Point and laugh.

3/29/2012 6:19:04 AM

Lizuka

@ Hertzyscowicz

Really, unless you count the two Nidorans as the same, that's never been the case. Especially not nowadays where there are over four times that.

3/29/2012 6:19:15 AM

Deep Search

So if Pokemon evolved due to the supernatural powers of Christian God, that wouldn't be weird at all or anything...?

Yeah, I know when I was young I figured I'd have evolved into a Venusaur by now because I believed in my Grass powers. I'm pretty sure people still carry around Pokemon because they're fun. Something this pastor knows little of, apparently.

And this is hella old if this dude hasn't realized there are 649 Pokemon now. Still Gotta Catch 'em All! tm

3/29/2012 6:43:04 AM

breakerslion

Short version:

"Damn you Zoroaster! Will we never be able to supplant your bullshit with our bullshit?!"

3/29/2012 6:50:34 AM

Prager

Someone can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality, but then he is religious so that's an automatic two strikes against him.

3/29/2012 6:53:53 AM

Misterboston

"Author and researcher Berit Kjos tells of a mom who overheard two boys discussing their little pocket monsters."

-Oh noes!!!

3/29/2012 7:10:44 AM
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