- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Admitting that he’s never played a video game before, televangelist Pat Robertson said Friday morning that murdering someone online in a video game is no different than committing the act in real life.

“Your spirit is what God’s concerned about, and what is your spirit active in? Jesus said if you look on a woman with thoughts of lust in your heart, then you’ve committed adultery with her. So that’s a virtual sin,” the 83-year-old reverend said on “The 700 Club.”

“So, if you’re murdering somebody in cyberspace, in a sense you’re performing the act, you like it or not.”

He later clarified that “God won’t send you to hell” for killing people in the virtual world, but that committing the act of violence, real or not, “you lose your sensitivity to God.”

“You will grow dead in your heart,” he added. “That’s the danger of all of this.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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