This is part 1,532 of this very important series on why American Football should not be engaged in, either as a player or spectator, by a Real Christian™. I will use the same very strong and filled with meat and iron-clad arguments that are used to argue against such important and salvation affecting doctrines as celebrating birthdays and wearing makeup. After this article, there should be no doubt what The Truth™ is, and where this unshakable truth will remain – at least until New Truth™ comes along that conveniently allows the Old Truth to be cast aside.
Today is Super Bowl Sunday in the US. Companies are paying millions of dollars to run short ads on TV. It is pure materialism, which feeds greed. Simply put, that in itself makes it wrong. If it is materialistic, then it isn’t because mankind has taken something decent and corrupted it. No way! That means it was conceived as evil from the very beginning!a
However, it should be noted that all sports are condemned in the Bible! That’s right! Everywhere a sport is mentioned, there are bad consequences and pagan influences!
8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.
~ Ge 26:8
See? By “sporting” around, Isaac incurs the wrath of the king of the Philistines! Not a good outcome! If sports were truly blessed events, then wouldn’t there be good examples instead?b
25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars.
27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.
Spectator sports are pagan! How much more proof do you need????!!!!c
23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
~ Pr 10:23
Sports are foolish! A “fool” in the Bible is one that will not listen to God’s word, and this is the same as being pagan!d
3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood.
Wow! Sports are associated with sorcery and adultery! Do you want to associate yourselves with that?e
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
~ 2Pe 2:13
See? Those engaged in sports are deceived!f
Therefore, I have “proved” that sports are evil. Therefore, American football is to be avoided at all costs!
OK now, for extra credit, how many fallacies do you see?
a. Fallacy of composition, right?
b. Appeal to consequences, I believe.
c. Obviously, guilt by association.
d. Total red herring (partly by misdefining “sport”), followed by association by guilt and ad hominem.
e. Ad hominem.
f. Ignoring common cause and effect, as well as some others.
g. All of these of course have a problem with the definition of “sport” to begin with, but I don’t see the category of definitional fallacy strangely enough in any of them I saw online, even though I know it was introduced in at least one class I took.