1. Markus

    Yep and that commentor was me… and I do have one more but I’m not gonna turn it into some charade like last time consider this as a “intellectual reminder” for myself:

    http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Psychics.html “I know we’ve been down this road before but I’d like to see what your commentary is on this article cause that I think about it sure mental powers are mostly fake but if Eastern religion or “occult” sects try to “develop” or “use whatever within yourself” they take it too far. And no I’m not worried about it anymore I’d just like to see what’s your answer”

    • I read the article. I don’t know that it’s really relevant to what we’re saying here–it appears to be saying that there are people who attempt to obtain psychic abilities by contacting spirits. As noted, scientific studies have failed to find any successful psychic abilities–and an 85% success rate would probably show as significant, so I am guessing that no psychic really has that level of success, they’re just reporting that someone said someone had that level.

      In any case, people who do obtain powers, if there actually are any, by contacting spirits are practicing a false religion no matter what they claim about it.

      God gives gifts, and when we see the list of prophecy (separate from being a prophet), words of wisdom, words of knowledge, and others, and we don’t know what they are, we have a lot of room to suggest that God may have gifted someone in ways that look like psychic ability. I think these specific gifts would be spiritual–just as God gave powers of divination to the priests through the Urim and Thummim (which your writer overlooks) while condemning divination that seeks any other spirits, so too he might give spiritual gifts of knowledge to anyone.

      And this still would be distinct from naturally developed mental abilities.

      –M. J. Young

  2. Markus

    Ahhh I see, and what did you say about life force and Rogues ability to power mimicry through a persons “life force”, from what I’ve read blood is somehow our life force and that her powers are ambiguous in terms of either a physical, mental or spiritual but based on what I’ve seen it’s the former 2 but it’s comics lol

    • I said nothing about the Marvel comics character Rogue. I have only a passing acquaintance with her from minor appearances in movies.

      One of the “facts” asserted in the Multiverser game system is that anything can be done by any “bias area”, technology, psionics, magic, or body. Writers are not always clear concerning how a character does something–indeed, although I try to be clear about how my main characters do what they do, I’m not always clear about how the villains do things. That has to do with something called “perspective”, an important consideration in writing that determines what the reader knows. We don’t know how Rogue does what she does, and in fact it’s not clear that she knows. We simply are not told, as far as I know.

      –M. J. Young

        • Markus

          Other than it somehow connects to her emotions cause she accidentally slipped her friend Cody into a coma (which is more related as a brain injury) I think it a bit more psionic and physical as she can copy powers, memories, and physical features and she also has a copy of the person’s personality

          • Markus

            Sorry for another one but I’ve looked at official info on her powers and that she has a Life-Force absorption which she copy powers, absorb memories, copy physical features, and has an “echo” of the personality of the persons that she has contact with. What do you think about that? It seems spiritual but I think it’s more psionic and physical (kind of like Shadowcat as she’s alive but separates her particles to phase through anything)

          • 1) I don’t think this article has anything to do with Rogue. It might be that Rogue has psionic powers, and it might be that she has some other kind of power.

            2) “Life force absorption” is meaningless and tells us nothing.

            3) Since Rogue is a copyrighted character of Marvel, you’re not going to use her in your stories anyway, and if you create a character with similar powers it’s going to be up to you to decide how those powers work.

  3. Markus

    How is life force absorption meaningless to you? In what way? Cause most would stop at that and say “oh is that part of the spirit or what ever” and you can use copyrighted characters you just cannot claim them as yours check in Fanfiction.net or Wattpad there’s lots of people who do that. And my point is that I think her power more focus on the mind (personality’s, memories, powers etc) and physical attributes (hair, skin color etc) than something that’s spiritual as what life force usually is like in Star Wars or Avatar. I’m just learning a bit more but I’ll just let you respond and stop right there

    • I told myself I wasn’t going to get sucked into another frustrating discussion about these issues, and here it seems to be happening.

      “How is life force absorption meaningless to you?”

      I have no idea what my “life force” is; it’s a fictional concept made up to sound like taking it would be injurious without causing physical injury. It’s probably based on the life levels of Dungeons & Dragons, that could be taken by undead creatures, stealing your experience and training so you go back to a lower level–like being kicked back a grade in school because somehow you have “unlearned” everything you knew. I don’t have anything I would call a life force, and neither do you. I’m not in the least bit frightened that something would take it from me. It’s just a story feature.
      “you can use copyrighted characters you just cannot claim them as yours check in Fanfiction.net or Wattpad….”

      I apologize. I was under the impression that you wanted to create commercially marketed products including movies. Fan fiction? Well, I suspect that really people get away with it because there are too many violations for the copyright holders to tackle. Try publishing a book about a hobbit, and see how fast the Tolkien estate smacks down on you. If you just want to write stories about copyrighted characters and give them away for free, you’ll probably get away with it. If you make a movie about Rogue, you can bet Marvel will sue.

      –M. J. Young

      • Markus Gaines

        When I was asking how it was meaningless to you I wasn’t trying to challenge you of I’ve “unlearned” anything, I just wanted to make sure cause if you met my family they would tell you that I’m not the greatest in memory but still determined to find many truths cause I’ve been fed lies for a long time and I’m still learning. Well at least NOW I remember that this “life force” stuff is entirely fictional and has NO real world equivalent like the mental powers lol, I just need some kind of knowledge if I’m gonna be in Hollywood and make heros while also serving Christ

        • Markus

          ive found another thing interesting for topic: if your familiar with Ghostbusters they use what’s called a PKE Meter to search psychokinetic energy to find ghosts, but isn’t that energy usually found in the mind? but a case could be said that this is exclusive to ghosts and not of the actual human mind like The Force its a spiritual energy

          • As far as I know, psychokinetic energy isn’t actually found anywhere. It’s another name for telekinesis, the notion that objects can be moved by thought, and in the fiction of the Ghostbusters universe it’s the way non-corporeal ghosts such as poltergeists are able to move objects. While there might be anecdotal evidence of the existence of ghosts, the general scientific consensus seems to be that they don’t exist, and therefore they neither need nor have such energy.

            Now, if you’re asking whether you can use psychokinetic energy to explain how ghosts move things in some fictional story you’re creating, sure you can–but you keep getting caught up in whether these fictional things are real, and if you really have that kind of problem, you should probably stay away from them.

  4. Markus Gaines

    I’ve got a question: do you belong to any denomination? Its just I need to test my sources to see if you are with God’s word or a false teacher (no offense) and I’ve been told that vampires and werewolves are demonic by one of my family members, and I’m curious as to are they?

    • Question 1, part 1: The Christian Gamers Guild is an interdenominational fellowship with members drawn from a wide variety of denominations and non-denominational fellowships including Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Orthodox, and many others. It is the group policy not to endorse or condemn any individual Christian church.

      Part 2: I personally have been involved in churches and fellowships that were Baptist, Presbyterian, non-denominational, Full Gospel, Assemblies of God, and others, and have degrees from a Lutheran college and a non-denominational Evangelical college. I was about half a century old when I formally became a member of a Baptist church.

      Question 2: vampires and werewolves are, as far as I know, fictional, and therefore whether they are demonic depends entirely on what the author does with them. Not long ago I wrote a piece about vampires, specifically, and I consider them demonic; they are, I think, considered demonic in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. I don’t think Bram Stoker was clear about Dracula, but the tone of the story is such that we think the monster is demonic.

      On the other hand, how much does that matter? You could quite reasonably have demonic monsters in your stories and games as enemies of the good heroes. One of the points for which I praise original Dungeons & Dragons is that it pits the heroes against real spiritual forces of evil in the forms of, among other things, demons and devils. You could also quite reasonably use a vampire or werewolf in a context in which they are good people fighting against a curse on them that makes them these monsters. In several of my books I have werewolves who are not cursed humans but a separate line descended from Lilith whom humans fear and so revile. Since these creatures are fictional, they can be whatever the author chooses.

      I hope that helps.

      –M. J. Young

  5. Markus Gaines

    With EVERYTHING that we have covered in this Topic from Scripture to scientific experiments and even differences of whether or not its related to mediumship in dictionaries, you think this is somewhat ok for thinking and using in fiction? Sorry, its just I’ve recently read somewhere in Scriptures that in the End Times there would be a Great Falling away, seduced by false doctrines and teachers with conscious whom are like seared. I just want to make sure what I find or think is lined up with the Word cause I have been decided with so much but I eventually found the truth to many things according to God and I always so I’m an open book but ill still use discernment to keep watching for anything that is not right

    • Let’s go back to that first article, Faith and Gaming: Mind Powers. I know you read it; you posted like fifty comments to it. To remind you, there was the story of how Augustine was surprised that when Athanasius read to himself, although his lips moved, you could not hear what he was reading no matter how close you stood. This, I observed, demonstrated that we today, who read to ourselves without moving our lips and teach our children to do the same, have developed a mind power, a mental ability, that our ancestors as recently as Augustine and Athanasius did not share.

      So my question to you is, it is evil or Satanic that we read to ourselves without speaking each word aloud, exercising this mental power that was not normal for humans a thousand years ago?

      If the answer is yes, then I suppose it is wicked to imagine that people could ever develop any mental abilities not common to our ancestors.

      If the answer is no, then I see no reason why it would not be acceptable to explore what powers we might in the future develop, within our fiction.

      Does that help?

      • Markus Gaines

        Yeah it makes sense, and I was looking at our old “chat” and the Merrim Webster stuff makes SENSE, Webster is basically dictionary that FOCUSES the origins of the words back THEN but Funk or whatever you said at that one is more focused on what it ACTUALLY is, so yeah totally makes sense

        • Markus Gaines

          Idk if yous till active on this but I remembered an old article for old times sake, just curious on your own thoughts

          • Markus, within the context of the present discussion it would almost be appropriate for me to say that I can’t read your mind, and therefore I don’t know what article you remembered.

    • Markus

      And there’s another one called telepathy from a biblical perspective from the same website, and sorry I’ve tried sending a link to it but it don’t work

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