This kids phenomenon began as a hand-held video game and exploded across the globe, from trading cards to becoming the number onerated television kids’ show on the popular cartoon programming Kids’ WB! The TV program is drawn in the manner of the old speed racercartoon with similar type voices.

It began showing in syndication in September 1998 and within a few months shot to the top of the ratingschart for children’s programs.The Pokmon phenomenon began in Japan in 1996, with Nintendo inciting a national craze when it introduced software for its Game Boyportable video game system called Pocket Monsters.The name Pokmon, is short for POcKEt MONster, each have there own special fighting abilities. Pokmon is marketed as a creativestrategy game based on mythical creatures.

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Sounds like fun but its more than that, much more. You work your way to the top, perfectingyour skills by using your Pokmon to fight against other Pokmon trainers. The Pokmon game does get the kids to think, strategize and usetheir memory skills. But thinking on what is the question that needs to be asked.Pokmon are incredible creatures that share the world with humans,’ says Professor Oak (on the program), the leading authority on thesemonsters. There are currently over 150 documented species of Pokmon. The professor says We need to deal with poke’mon asindividuals just as we deal with people. Pokmon frequently take on the characteristics of the human who captured them.

The Pokmon song and mantra is heard on the program and written in the materials. I want to be the very best like no one ever was, tocatch them is my real test to train them is my cause .I will travel across the land Searching far and wide Each Pokmon to understandthe power that’s inside. Gotta catch them all! Its you and me I know I know, its my destiny. Just about every child hasmemorized this stanza.The last line of the Pokmon mantra, Gotta catch them all! is used over and over again to have the kids desire and crave for collectingmore Pokmon paraphernalia. Whatever the creators of these Pocket monsters come out with the kids want they are hooked.

Between theTV commercial breaks a Poke’mon comes flashed in a shadow shape and they all say in unison Whose that Pokmon. The kids are torecognize the certain character by its shape. Now remember there are over 150 of them so to do this takes quite some time to familiarizethemselves with the creatures. This becomes a whole new education for them to learn of these mythical creatures.A Look at The charactersThe story revolves around a 10 year old boy named Ash Ketchum (a boy and his friends). He is energetic and determined to become theworld’s greatest Pokmon Master. Ash’s goal and your child’s is to become the greatest trainer in the world by collecting and raisingpokmon. His pet is Pikachu who looks like across between a cuddly rabbit and a rat.

He has a lightning bolt shaped tail. (Raichu also has alightning bolt tail)Misty a girl who is Ash’s friend is described as headstrong and stubborn . . .

constantly quibbling with Ash. She is always giving him ahard time, they are constantly arguing. Ash says she’s always putting him down. Then there is the third member of the adventurous trio,Brock who has uncontrolled hormones. Brock who is Ashes trouble making partner is girl crazy, he is infatuated with their perfume, dressand shape.

Every girl he sees he is in love with. Brock’s fascination with the opposite sex often gets him and the gang into trouble. Brockalso has a temper (have you seen your child develop one?) and sometimes will hit Misty, who is his friend on the head, as in one casebecause she wanted to reveal that he loves a certain girl.Competition drives Ash making him obsessed with catching all the Pokmon. But it is not that easy he has enemies, Team rocket.

A boy girlteam called Jessie ; James (Jessie James remember him, the outlaw). Meoth is a Pokmon on team rocket who are the enemy are thenemesis of Ash, they want to steal all the Pokmon’s from the people and trying to steal Pikachu from Ash, and at times they do, but Ashalways gets him back. Prepare for trouble, make it double.

… Jessie, James . . . they are an evil gang following Ash and friends looking tosteal rare Pokmon. Jessie and James are stuck up, fashion conscious, trouble makers.

Jesse the girl is dressed in a scanty short skirt.These characters do not portray good values much less moral that the Bible asks us and our children to have. Yet they are the villain’s in thestory. They have a song they often sing that is quite revealing, To protect the world from devastation to unite all peoples within our nations.To announce the evils of truth and love to extend our reach to the stars above. To unite the world and reach the stars was the goal of thetower of Babel. To announce the evils of love and truth make this quite a deceptive, evil message, even from the bad guys of the cartoon.

The Bible says, to Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21. To … Reject that which is evil; hold to that which isgood.

If you are a Christian you know the invisible war often times can become visible and you can be engaged in it. This one has touchedour homes and it happened very quickly. In some respects it came under the radar screen of many parents. We do battle, but not withcreature against creature. Behind these creatures is a spiritual power trying to influence the children. We are in the midst of a battle goingon for the hearts and minds of our children, and this has become an all out assault.

Consider that Pokmon is the sixth most-searched-forword on the Internet and is the fastest-selling Game Boy game.The video game has sold more than 4 million Nintendo Game Boy games in the United States, with the Pokmon game cartridges toppingall others in the first and second best-selling slots. In Japan were four versions that are not found in America, yellow, green, silver, and gold,yellow was recently released here. There are lots of Poke’mon that haven’t been seen or captured, nor made by Nintendo, But they will be!Why stop such a good thing?Pokmon has since become the largest children phenomenon of the decade, Since the Pokmon trading card game’s debut in January1999, over 2 million copies of the game have been sold in North America.

Nintendo, its Japanese creator, puts the total retail value of theanimated cartoon, Gameboy video games, promotional toys and cards at $1 billion in the U.S. and $7 billion worldwide in just one year.Other merchandise to put your money into their pockets are: comic books, coloring books, videos, compact disks, etc. Instead of the phrasegotta catch em all it should say gotta take all your money because thats what they are doing as people are pouring hundreds if notthousands of dollars to quench the desire of their kids to catch em all.

This fad does not come cheap, as there were originally 150 now thenumber is increasing as they see they can offer more to the nave children. Pokemon #151 is Mewtwo, who is psychic Pokmon. Theholo (shinies) cards are the rarest to catch and collect since there is a limited quantity of each set of Pokmon cards. Each is printed withthe symbol which shows the cards are first-edition cards from that set. The cards may have future reprints but never with the symbol whichassures that first-edition cards will maintain their value! The cards are of the highest quality with artistic pictures and information on them.

On the cards they describe the creatures by their genetic type, weight, and height, such as haunter who is a gas Pokmon, length 5’3”,weight 0.2 lbs. He is used to hypnotize his opponent. On the upper left hand corner of the card it will tell you what stage of evolving it is inon the right hand corner grass, fire , water lightning etc. At the bottom it shows it weaknesses and resistance. This is a complicated strategygame that introduces one to a pantheistic worldview and the child is exposed to the power of the occult.

This has become very big money and not just baseball cards are counterfeited anymore. In July, Customs seized $250,000 worth ofcounterfeit Pokmon products at the docks in Elizabeth, N.J. They seem to be counterfeits surfacing everywhere. Genuine Pokmon cardsare made in the United States and can be worth $50 each for the rare first editions. Most parents can spend at the least $100 to over $1,000. Cards can cost From $3.50 to $7 for a single pack, theme packs can run up to $25.

Prices can get really high, the rarest cards run anywhere from $100-$400 on the Pokmon black market. The news reports that Parents of two kids in L.I. are suing Nintendo for conspiring to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity andengaging in an illegal gambling enterprise.

They seem to believe Nintendo that offers rare cards in undisclosed packs and prompts thekids to catch em all going on a buying spree to get the rare card and resell them to the collectors for a greater markup. So they areaccusing Nintendo of promoting gambling. They do have a point. However the parents have spent, thousands of dollars on Pokmon cards.Now anyone who has seen how these children act that are into this fad can sympathize, but somewhere along the line the parents need totake control and put their foot down. Better to be before, than to deal with it in the middle, losing money and your children to Nintendo’stoys.The goal is to catch em all.

And the kids seek these cards in sometimes an aggressive fashion. They have been stolen from school tohomes. One child I know had his whole card collection stolen, it had to be worth a couple hundred dollars. The children get into fights overthe cards? Some parents and educators say kids are becoming obsessed, even brainwashed. The Elementary aged children are beingmanipulated to crave and beg for more Pokmon paraphernalia, they don’t know how to stop.

Many of these Pokmon creatures look likethey came right out of your kids nightmares, but now they want to carry in their pocket. A few examples Himonlee, Jolteon, Pincer,Golbat, Gastly all look like Holloween refuges at best, at worst like little demons from horror films. Students in school are not able to leave their playtime outside the classroom, they are so engrossed with the game it captures their attentionwhich the teacher has to compete with during class. Because of the activity of the kids, some schools have banned Pokmon from thepremises. It has become an epidemic among the children and not a good influence.

This can come from the TV program where we findthings like Misty is asked to fight over a Pokmon who Ash and her both saw at the same time as to who will capture the Pokmon first.This fighting is a consistent foundation in the game. Ash is also in competition to catch more Pokmon than Professor Oaks grandson Gary. When Ash sees a new creature he refers to his Poke’dex, a small hand held computer which immediately identifies it. They certainly are notlearning zoology from this game but about mythical creatures. (all the imaginary creatures are in it so there is no educational value inlearning of them, but lots of learning about these fantasy creatures to help in Pokmon fights).

Now if our kids were this serious inremembering and identifying the real animals and creatures they learn in school, they would literally be geniuses. The Pokmon: morals and ethicsPokmon Game Boy game and watching the TV Pokmon show gives the kids the basic ideas and goals of the trading card game. Theinteractive, role-playing game of Pokmon offers young trainers a chance to an ever-increasing number of collectible species and engagein Pokmon battles with other trainers. The trainer’s goal is to increase his status through battles with other trainers until he earns theultimate badge of honor by becoming The World’s Greatest Pokmon Master.

To capture a Pokmon they throw the Pok ball at themand sometimes it gets teleported to professor Oaks Lab.In the complicated Fable world of Pokmon, each creature possesses its own special powers and abilities based on its association withcertain elements (earth, wind, fire, water). Trainers must know their creatures problem using solving strategy skills to win battles. To do thisthey need to commit to memory a list of arcane knowledge which will fit the battle. Which creature will they use, what they decide canmean victory or defeat. Trainers are also encouraged to teach and care for their captured Pokmon in order to become more successful.

Thekids are told to Carry your Pokmon with you, and you’re ready for anything! You’ve got the power in your hands, so use it!’Captured Pokmon can evolve and become even more powerful. As they immediately evolve, morphing (changing) into anothercreature. In Pokmon, the monsters transform the old self and evolve into a new more powerful Pokmon when they win. The Pokmonevolve and take on new characteristics and one can evolve into one of two completely different Pokmon, indicating a complete change.Caterpie who is a caterpillar evolves into Metapod who evolves into Butterfree a butterfly. This is the teaching of eastern religions, theShinto beliefs have evolution and re-incarnation, these are the ideas presented in Pokmon. We live in a post Christian era in America, andwhat is coming in is the old paganism, with a vengeance. There are different cards used in the game for ones warfare; They can resemble a supernatural chicken fight.

Machop, Machoke, Machampare all fighters. Machoke is the final stage of evolution for Machop.There are 151 Pokmon (Pocket Monsters) that must be engaged inbattle and defeated. Many of these evolve, some to the fourth level, into other creatures more powerful than the original Pokemon. Theypossess different levels of power and can become more powerful with the use of crystals, thunderstones, and other evolving techniquesEvolution cards are played on top of your Basic Pokmon (or sometimes on top of other Evolution cards). They make your Pokmonbigger and more powerful.

Energy cards are attached to your Pokmon to give them the Energy they need to use their attacks. Basic Energy card: A Grass , Fire ,Water , Lightning , Psychic , or Fighting Energy card. The Energy cards make your Pokmon bigger and more powerful.

They draw onnatures elements – Earth, Water, Fire, and Wind.Trainer cards are one-shot cards that do something once and are then discarded. Its all about fighting, intense competition and beingnumero uno. In the song Each Pokmon to understand the power that’s inside Each Pokmon exhibits its own supernatural powers, so we need to askwhat is the source origin of those powers? An introduction to the occult worldview and participating in itAre occult practices or New Age symbols found in the characters and cards? Yes for both. Ash the main character who is wanting become aPoke’mon master has a -Z- lightning bolt across both his cheeks disguised as cheek indentations. The Lightening Bolt is used as aSatanic symbol representing the gods of thunder (Thor, Set, Zeus, and Jupiter). Satanists use the lightening or thunderbolt, It is destructive.

Meoth learned to talk a long time ago so he can say his full name (most Poke’mon cannot) For example Picachu says P Chu Charmandersays Char. In the game and the cartoon the creatures can only say their name or part of it, so they chant their name over and over – chantingis a form of self hypnosis and shuts down our conscious mind opening one up to suggestions. Sometimes they will say their name to pointout something like a barking dog would, other times they say it over and over before they enter battle. There are a few cards are used that have familiar magic terms, Alakazam who is the final stage of Abra is a psychic Pokmon with anintelligence of 5,000.

There is Abra, and Kadabra. Abracadabra is a familiar word associated wit the occult magic. Webster’s dictionarydefines 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. Itis listed as a word under sorcery.The American Heritage Dictionary states Abracadabra was a magic word, the letters of which were arranged in an inverted pyramid andworn as an amulet around the neck to protect the wearer against disease or trouble.

One fewer letter appeared in each line of the pyramid,until only a remained to form the vertex of the triangle. As the letters disappeared, so supposedly did the disease or trouble. The wordabracadabra is associated today with gibberish but it has always been used in magic and conjuringI don’t think it is a coincidence that the two Pokmon called Abra and Kadabra are psychic cards with magical powers.

On the Abra card itreads Using its ability to read minds, it will identify impending danger and teleport to safety. Then there are occult symbols on Kadabra aswell. He has a witches pentagram on his forehead (symbolizing the 5 elements, SSS on his chest that is disguised, and some would identify him giving the Satanic salute with his left hand. He omits special alpha waves that induce headaches even to those nearby (I think I’mgetting one) All of the above have occult implications. the Bible Deut.

18:10-12 explicitly states that we are neither to participate in norassociate with activities related to the Occult, this is not just a game of fun.In the episode Haunter versus Kadabra, Ash and friends go to lavender city to fight Sabrina who is a Pokmon has psychic powers. Shecommunicates to her Pokmon telepathically. At one point in the story she turns misty and Brock into dolls and they meet Sabrinas momwho was also turned into a midget doll. She says, please don’t think bad of Sabrina shes really a good daughter.

This good daughter hadher powers overtake her as a child and her personality split into 2 people. One stayed a young child while the other grew up. As she entersinto battle with Ash who wants to rescue his friends who are now dolls her eyes glow red and she has Kadabra send psi waves againstPikachu. Instead of Pokmon these creatures may be better named poltergeist’s.Wicca, or Witchcraft is popular and a fast growing religion throughout the world today.

symbols and signs used in magick. (Runes.) LikeWitchcraft, and sorcery Pokmon trainers must go through training and ritual type actions to become ‘Master Trainers’, become powerful inthe ‘craft’ with the ability to control the Pokmon and their powers. participating in magic means demanding that a spiritual force, spirits willdo ones bidding. Ash summons the Pokmon from the ball.

The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia says witchcraft is exercise of supernaturalpowers through occult arts such as magic, sorcery, and even Satanism. Its origins are in the belief in separate powers of good and evil inancient pagan cults and in religions. Pagans use nature powers and demonic spirits, shamans use animal spirits. In the Pokmon game trainers summon one of their Pokmon tobattle other monsters and they use them as guardians.

In Wicca, guardians spirits are called by them to protect them from (other) ‘evil’ spiritsas they during rituals stay in the ‘safe’ area circle, the pentagram, The similarity is the Pokmon monsters are held safe in a Pokeball untilthe trainer summons them and they use natures powers. You have evil demons/monsters (pocket monsters) fighting the good monsters(pikachu’s, etc.). Grolier Encyclopedia says magic is-The use of a certain ritual action to bring about the intervention of a supernatural force,either in human affairs or in the natural environment, In casting spells, the appropriate use of words is sufficient to release or activate apower.

Often times natures 5 elements are used in battle ( fire, water, air or wind, earth, void-symbol of the star in the occult) . They teachthat these powers can be manipulated by the Pokmon. Many of the Pagan and earth based religions find power in these same Elementsthat are the energy cards in the Pokemon game! In one episode Ash has his spirit taken out of his body by haunter, of course he later putshim back in.Children are subtly being indoctrinated in the theory of evolution, mysticism and pagan beliefs in the Pokmon game.They are beingopened to accepting humanistic wisdom and occult spirituality. The Bible says, Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God 1 Cor.

10:31. Does this game bring glory to God? This game is not evenneutral, it opposes him in many different ways. Pocket monsters of the occult that you child can carry and do battles with, think about it.In 1997 hundreds of children went into epileptic seizures while watching the Pokmon cartoon in Japan. Here are excerpts of 2 reports Dec.

17,1997 TOKYO -As many as 700 schoolchildren reportedly suffered convulsions, vomiting, and othersymptoms while watching the Pokemon cartoon.Japanese mass dailies Mainichi, Yomiuri and Asahi carried front-page stories Wednesday reporting the seizures, which they said tookplace about 20 minutes into the 30-minute show, watched by millions of kids across Japan. Japan’s Home Affairs Ministry said 208 people, from age 3 upward, including a 58-year-old man, were still in hospital with epilepsy-typesymptoms more than 24 hours after the showing. The blame was put on a scene depicting an explosion followed by five seconds of flashing red lights from the eyes of the most popularcharacter, Pikachu, a rat-like creature. The episode centered on characters getting inside a computer to fight each other, while the explosionwas set off by a vaccine bomb detonated to destroy a computer virus. December 17, 1997 Web posted at: 4:15 a.

m. EST TOKYO (CNN)In a national survey, the Tokyo fire department found that at least 618 children had suffered convulsions, vomiting, irritated eyes, and othersymptoms after watching Pokemon. . Psychologist Rika Kayama, author of a book on video games and health, said that there is thepossibility of photosensitive epilepsy or group hysterics. The children must have been totally immersed in the program, Kayama said.

(Nintendo’s games carry a health warning about this)So how can a TV cartoon affect children so adversely? If the cartoon is able to do this from a few short seconds of viewing, what is thepotential in practicing the gaming and cards for a long time? There have been and continue to be many popular toys board games, PC games with occult themes. If one looks at the computer gamesthey seem to be getting more violent with occult themes strewn throughout. You can now add the world of Poke’mon to the parade ofMultiple gods, aliens, Ouji boards, Psychic powers, magic cards, mind control, astral travel, teleportation, casting spells, transformingevolution toys, mesmerization games. Nintendo a Japanese company has a past record of introducing a supernatural pagan world in theirgames. The kids, youth, are not just playing fun games when they participate with Poke’mon, its basis is found in the occult. It is a primer for theoccult worldview and initiates the unsuspecting child into being open. The good creatures use their occultic powers to overcome the evilcreatures. So what message does that send to children? The Poke’mon uses powers energies to consume their opponents, they have magicalpsychic powers that are supernatural who can evolve into more powerful Poke’mon.

Poke’mon trainers send their Poke’mon out to fight likewizards. They order them to do different attacks. The Poke’mon never die, if damaged or incapacitated they are brought back to life asnurse Joy heals them back at the Poke’mon center.In one episode Bill a Poke’mon researcher said to Ash and friends, The planet is created 4.6 billion years ago. During that time all kinds ofPoke’mon existed, they had many ways of livingOn this planet there are over 150 species of Poke’mon. This teaches a fable not only ofevolution but intelligent species throughout the universe.

They are learning how to play with mythical creatures, who have magical supernatural powers. They are being taught that they can makethese creatures subject to them. They order the Poke’mon who fly through the air into battle to fight for them against their enemies. Thechildren are challenged to become masters by conquering more and more Poke’mon monsters with the powers that are in these creatures.

The Poke’mon travel in Poke’ balls when released from the Poke’balls the Poke’mon announces who he is and will sometimes do soaggressively before the attack. The children are told to. . . Carry your Poke’mon with you, and you’re ready for anything! You’ve got thepower in your hands, so use it!Grolier Encyclopedia- defines magic as The use of a certain ritual action to bring about the intervention of a supernatural force, either inhuman affairs or in the natural environment, In casting spells, the appropriate use of words is sufficient to release or activate a power.Here some suggestions for battle off a Pokmon web site.When I try to attack with my Pokemon, it just ignores me.

Why wont my Pokemon Obey me? That Pokemons level is toohigh for you to control it. Until you get the corresponding Badge for its level, you will not be able to control it.Can I stop my Pokemon from evolving? Will they be able to evolve later? Yes, just press the B Button while they are changingto stop the evolution. As the character continues to gain levels, they will attempt to evolve again.(from Pokmon website at *www.pokemon.com.

*)The websites explain that some attacks cause the Defending Pokmon to be Asleep, Confused, Paralyzed, or Poisoned. Pokmon Mastersare the leaders of fighting schools or battling gangs that solve their problems by beating their opponents. And how do they do this? Thebooklet says, Some attacks cause the Defending Pokmon to be Asleep, Confused, Paralyzed, or Poisoned.If a Pokmon is Paralyzed, it can’t attack or retreat.

Turn the Pokmon sideways to show it’s Paralyzed. If an Active Pokmon is Paralyzed,it recovers after its player’s next turn. Turn the card right-side up again. For example Weepingbell – Razor Leaf A Pokmon card says, Itspits out poison powder to immobilize the enemy, and then finishes the enemy with a spray of acid. The creatures turn into warriors when they fight, some of which look somewhat cute like a fish, a crab, a butterfly ,dinosaurs, eagles, etc.

But don’t let that fool you. As much fun as it looks on the surface, underneath is a volcano of occult indoctrination. The game is also filledReligion Essays