No, playing Pokémon Go is not a sin, if your conscience allows it. The Bible has no rules that prohibit augmented reality games. Each believer can decide whether or not to play Pokémon Go.
What is Pokémon Go?
Pokémon Go is a mobile game where players try to capture virtual animals called pokémons. When a Pokémon is captured, it can be used to fight other Pokémon. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game because pokémons appear on the screen in real environments, captured by the phone’s camera. Players must walk around where they are to find the Pokémon.
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Does Pokémon Go have dangers?
Pokémon Go is a fairly harmless game. It is not very violent, it does not have pornography, nor does it have satanic elements. The dangers of Pokémon Go are:
- Addiction– like any game, Pokémon Go can be addictive. It is important to play in moderation, without letting the game dominate you – 1 Corinthians 6:12
- Distraction accidents– some players do not pay attention while walking and playing. Some distracted people have had accidents or been mugged. If you play Pokémon Go, you should always be aware of where you are
- Data theft– some game vendors are not to be trusted and install software to steal personal information along with the game. To avoid this situation, download Pokémon Go from trusted suppliers
Can a believer play Pokémon Go?
A believer is free to play or not to play, according to his conscience ( Romans 14:22 ). The Bible does not prohibit fun, as long as it does not lead to sin. Playing in moderation and common sense, Pokémon Go is not dangerous.
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There are no universal rules for everything. Some things depend on the person. For one person, Pokémon Go can be harmless but for another person it can be bad. If you feel uncomfortable playing or feel you shouldn’t, then don’t play! Get well with your conscience.
Whether you play or don’t play Pokémon Go, respect other people’s opinions ( Romans 14: 12-13 ). There is no point in generating controversy or starting a fight over a game.