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Pokemon and Scripture!
So, based on that "theory" of mine, here are some spiritual parallels between the world of
and what I believe is the reality of this universe in which we live:
- From the Television show and all the movies:
- Poke-mon are wild creatures, that can not become mature and
responsible unless they have a high-quality human trainer mentor them over a
long period of time. Sounds
like normal, average people is this life! I often kid my children that they
are my Poke-mon and I am their trainer! Better yet, that all humans here on
earth have a trainer in heaven than is helping them grow spiritually. My
kids get the point of what I am
trying to say. More often than not!
- Poke-mon trainers are not doing their job well if they abuse
their Poke-mon, or use them purely for personal gain. (See my definition of
'evil' above.) They need to respect
their poke-mon and earn the respect of their poke-mon by both their own
actions and by the way the trainer treats their poke-mon. Sounds like life on
- Wild Poke-mon tend to be immature, self-centered, overly competitive, unaware
of their potential and doomed to stay that way if they stay "wild and
untrained". Sounds like some people I know, including me! My only hope
was to get a trainer (mentor) and to take my spiritual life seriously enough
to care about it.
- While Poke-mon do enjoy fighting, and have a competitive
nature, it is NOT their highest
achievement nor use. It is merely part of their learning about themselves
and their relationship with their trainer. Sounds like life on Earth to me!
- If you want to do well in Poke-mon, you need to read.
Nintendo publishes a great hint book for the game and for the card game. You
can play without reading these books, you will do better if you use them to guide you! Hm,
reminds me of life on this planet, as we have both the Old Testament and the
New Testament to guide us! (Some say that "BIBLE" stands for
"Basic Instructions for Before Leaving Earth".)
We also need to read in order to do well in this
life from our trainer's point of view!
- In "Poke-mon, The First Movie", the main battle is brought to an end when a
trainer dies trying to stop the fight. The Poke-mon who realize why he died,
have a change of heart. This also sounds like life on Earth to me! Doesn't
the battle within my own soul come to an end when I 'die to self'? Didn't
Jesus die and get resurrected in a similar way? Didn't He die to end the
- Each type of Poke-mon has its strengths and weaknesses. The
best 'team' is not one that contains all the same poke-mon. It is one that
has a variety, using the gifts and strengths of several different poke-mon to
be a balanced team. Don't churches also need members with differing gifts to
function as a team for God? Imagine a church that had only ushers! or only
(See my article on Spiritual
Incest for more on this.)
- FROM THE MOVIE POKE-MON 2000, especially from the legend:
- Only the "Chosen One" can save them. No one
can do what the "Chosen One" can do. Much like Jesus, only He could
save us and only He can do what He did!
- The Legend is not accepted by scientists (the part
about a river, from which all water on the planet is generated) and they
dispute it, but the scene near the end proves science wrong and the
legend correct! This will happen for us as well, when the "River of
Life" shows itself.
- The "Legend" is to be read carefully, and a
literal reading suffices for many. However, one gets more truth out of
the "Legend" when they go beyond the literal reading, and look
at the world around them as the Legend is being fulfilled. This is true
of today's world as well! If you trap yourself into accepting ONLY the
literal reading of the Bible you miss so much. (Again,
- The "bad guy" in the movie, views Poke-mon as
things to be collected, not as creatures to be trained and cared for.
Let's see, the true evil about slavery was the view point that slaves
were possessions, not people. Hm, sounds familiar! I
believe that Satan wants to collect people, while God wants to nurture, care for
and enjoy (or LOVE) people. This bad guy doesn't see himself as evil, he says of
himself, "I am not a trainer, I am a collector."
- From THE THIRD MOVIE:
- Letters (the Unown) form together to create words which
can become a fantasy world which is more pleasant than reality, but at
the expense of the real world! People can spend their lives in
"Poke-mon" or in their fantasy world or trapped by their
beliefs which are not accurate or even at their "Church" to the detriment of
their loved ones and themselves.
- To become obsessive about one's 'dream' or 'fantasy' is
not the best way to handle reality. Our 'dream' can get a life of its
own and take control of us! (Ask any addict that wants to stop.) We
certainly all know people that are 'so heavenly minded they are no
earthly good', and we know people that are in denial of reality. In this
movie, a little girl escapes reality and causes great havoc around her.
- Entei's (he is the father-replacement in her fantasy world) goal of
"happiness" for Molly (the little girl who is the main character of the
strugle) is not best. He wants her happy above all else, and we see that
trap her and others. Any parent that puts their child's happiness above
the child's ability to handle reality is a parent that traps their own
child. Many of us fall into this trap, don't we?
- We can create a better reality for ourselves, and the first step is to
dream of it. The next step is to deal with reality. The little girl does
get her family back, but only once she lets go of her escapism. When she
starts to think of other people, she starts to grow up.
- From "Pokemon 4 Ever"
- When you hear the Voice of the Protector of the Forest, stand still.
This almost sounds like the scripture that read "Be Still, and know that I
am God", doesn't it? (For more on hearing God's voice, go to
- The Protector (Celebi) can travel through time, just as God is outside
the time stream and not limited by it.
- The relationship between Sam and Celebi saves them both, and reflects
the importance of our relationship with God.
- Evil, self-centered people seek power over others, and the enemies of
such people seek to allow others to be free.