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Are Some Sports Unchristian

Is boxing and some sports unchristian?

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Hello,, some believers into Karate, the Martial arts stuff .Gal.6:7,8a

I know their material & know it' dips
ON Spirit of disobedience(Eph.2:2,3) the dark arts. Rev.13:4 ,Jas.3:15,16.

promotes just the opposite ( in my opinion) of peace and besides that a karate chop not going to match up with a gun!
Sad thing is a 4 yr.old can get a gun. If not well hidden Lock & Key, safety on!

Violence begets more violence, ignorance,anger.
They claim prayers / word like religious lingo but it' NOT Christ centered!! ( it' counterfeit) 2Cor.4:3,4.
---Lidia4796 on 2/11/14


BTW, I have no interest in sports whatsoever.

I do enjoy opera, and in my youth did everything that was possible to do in musical theatre, including being an operatic stage manager.

I have a friend who likes to watch figure skating. He's also a balletomane. I see how the two activities resemble each other.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/10/14


FWIW, the word "disappoint" occurs only once in the KJV, and it's not talking about God being disappointed.

\\However, in answer to the orginal question - I think that many sports are very unChristian and some which might not, in themselves, be unChristian, are made so by the cheating and foul play involved in many sports.\\

In other words, it's not the sports themselves that are contrary to Christianity, but not playing by the rules and unsportsmanlike conduct.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/9/14


Rita, you are correct about many sports. There is just too much violence by the players and even more by what the sport does to the fans. I remember in my past when football was on my mind all the time. I knew what college players were doing, and which ones were going to the pros. I lived and breath the game. It was one of my idols. After God save me, the game was not that important anymore. I lost the love for many things I worshipped. God was now on the throne of my life.
How wrong I was when I was lost. In South America, some people commit suicide when the soccer team loses.
So you are correct in what you say. Blessings and peace.
---Mark_V. on 2/10/14


Mark V I was not the one to use the word Surprise. That was Cluny's wording.

However, in answer to the orginal question - I think that many sports are very unChristian and some which might not, in themselves, be unChristian, are made so by the cheating and foul play involved in many sports.
---Rita_H on 2/9/14




Rita, I also believe that Cluny is correct on this one. You cannot surprise God, no one can. But I understand why you said what you did. Many use religious language when trying to make a point. I know what your point was. If we looked at God as one of us, He would be very disappointed in what is happening. But He is God who knows all things. Sometimes we forget because the Bible speaks of God as if He was a man many times in order to convey something to us, that we could understand. So the Bible uses many words as if God was a man, like, He has eyes, and hands, like humans. But in reality He has no hands, He is Spirit. But I understood why you said what you did, I believe you had the right intention.
---Mark_V. on 2/9/14


\\I'd hate to spoil the joy you gain by continually telling others that they are "wrong".
---Rita_H on 2/8/14\\

But you ARE wrong, Rita. Did you actually think you could surprise God?

Besides, half the fun of heaven is realizing we were wrong all long.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/8/14


As you wish Cluny. I'd hate to spoil the joy you gain by continually telling others that they are "wrong".
---Rita_H on 2/8/14


\\I feel that God is probably very disappointed with the large majority of sports people \\

Wrong, Rita.

You can't disappoint God because you can't surprise Him.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/8/14


I feel that God is probably very disappointed with the large majority of sports people these days and the reason for that is because the large majority do not play fair any more. They are not sportmanlike at all and just want to win at all costs and will cheat (e.g injure an opponent)to gain the prize.

In the U.K. football (soccer) involves a lot of foul play and so do many sports. It is not the sport that is unChristian it is many of the individuals playing the sport who are.
---Rita_H on 2/7/14




Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.

If there was something inherently wrong with sports, I doubt that Paul would have used it as an example.
---Rod4Him on 2/7/14


Phi 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report, if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
Pro 4:13-14 Take fast hold of instruction, let [her] not go: keep her, for she [is] thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil [men]. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
Luke 9:23 ...let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Jer 17:9 The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?
-Eric speaks falsely.
---micha9344 on 2/7/14


Who are we to decide what sports are "unchristian?" That is between you and God at the end. Live your life the way you want and read the bible yourself to make your own decision, don't take what others (including your priest) tell you as absolute truth.
---Eric on 2/7/14


Good question...Yes! Boxing, swimming, as a sport, ice-skating, because of the skimpy costumes. Man I use to love watching ice-skating when I was lost. And even after I was saved. God changes us little by little. Tennis, same reasons, the clothes. God is not into nudity, or part nudity. The boxing, God is not into beating others senseless [lacking sensation].
---catherine on 4/7/09


So female mudwrestling is ok as long we go to church on sunday? :-)
---Andy on 4/6/09


Sports becomes wrong when we devote more of our attention to it than to God. It also becomes wrong when we don't play clean and honest, and instead are only focused on being able to 'win' at any price. To me, those types have no concept of what 'to win' truly means.
---Anne on 11/30/08


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#1 Interesting question. At the heart of every sporting evant is competition, so the true question is: Is competition a Christian attitude?
---Ryan on 11/29/08


all competitive sports are unchristian..they are vain sports and many today just about worship sports...we are truly going thru the days of Noah..where people are too busy, marrying, entertaining, commiting adultery the list goes on...we are in the last days and many unchristian things happening.
---jana on 6/29/07


I don't think sports are unchristian unless it's all about money and they play on sunday. That would keep them out of church if they were christian. We all know sports is about money don't we? I don't mean money to make a living, I mean money is their gods.
---shira_9639 on 6/25/07


Read I Corinthians 9:24-27. Paul compares spiritual discipline to the discipline of athletes in the Corinthian Games. He even makes reference to being poorly trained and hitting nothing but "air" in a boxing match. Sports, even combatant sports, are not necessarily evil. It depends on context. It would be like saying "Is fighting wrong?" Well that depends! Are we talking beatin up kids for their lunch money, or protecting our family from an intruder, or having a wrestling/boxing match.
---John on 9/26/06


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Take it from the Japanese: in sumo wrestling, the athletes involved in it respect each other, that means they have to respect their opponents.
---CNoEvil on 9/25/06


Boxing is truly horrible. Two eternal souls fighting to the death if necessary. Boxing should be banned outright.
---Helen_5378 on 9/24/06


I believe some competition can be done in a healthy way. Unfortunately most is done in an aggressive manner with the "non-winner" made to feel inferior to others. Mose serious "sports" support gambling, drinking, and one-upmanship. Show me where this attitude is ok in the Bible and I will eat my computer. Again just my beliefs.
---mikefl on 9/20/06


Ryan ... Chris Eubank was a boxer whose opponent died as a result of the blows inflicted on his head.
Mohammend Ali went on boxing so long that he has severe brain damage. when did that damage begin? That damage occurs to all boxers.
Pharisee is right.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/20/06


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I agree with Helen.

Any job where destuction of the human body is mandatory is not Christian.
---Pharisee on 9/19/06


It isn't the sports themselves that are unChristian it is what we make of them, how we play them etc. There is nothing wrong with striving for excellence (and to find out what is our own personal best) but this should not be done by trampling over others/committing fouls in games. Since sports (most of them) have become obsessed with money the word 'sport' no longer has the meaning that it used to have. What does being a 'good sport' really mean now?
---M.P. on 9/19/06


It isn't the sports themselves that are unChristian it is what we make of them, how we play them etc. There is nothing wrong with striving for excellence (and to find out what is our own personal best) but this should not be done by trampling over others/committing fouls in games. Since sports (most of them) have become obsessed with money the word 'sport' no longer has the meaning that it used to have. What does being a 'good sport' really mean now?
---M.P. on 9/19/06


alan8869_of_UK, I am not familiar with the first boxer you mentioned but, I would like to comment on the other two. Tyson-He is a product of his own poor decisions. Tyson's life is ruined because he ruined it, not boxing. As far as Cassius Clay, he is another example of a man that destroyed himself, boxing did not destroy him. He was warned and told to stop but he did not listen, don't blame the sport blame the foolish individuals who don't listen to those who know better.
---Ryan on 9/18/06


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Boxing is horrible. I am sure God did not make people to have them bash each other up in front of an audience.
---Helen_5378 on 9/18/06


Ryan Chris Eubank? Tyson? Mohammed Ali? And many other ruined lives ... A phenomenal sport?
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/18/06


#3 I do enjoy a good boxing match, boxing is a phenomenal sport. By the way football season has begun and the Bengals are 2-0, hooo ahhh.
---Ryan on 9/18/06


#2 I don't really have the answer. I was an athlete in my youth, a competetive swimmer, in that sport the competiton was only truly with yourself. I think it is o.k. to be an athlete pride can overtake you very easily if you "Get too big for your britches." So like everything else in life a Christian must be grounded in the word and led by the Spirit in all his endeavors.
---Ryan on 9/18/06


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