This news article about two men falling off a cliff playing Pokemon Go is evidence that the modern world is returning to paganism. The “Pokemon” are playing the role of the ancient “sirens,” spiritual beings who lure men to their deaths. Now that Chrisitianity is being abandoned, the devils are gaining more power over men. This does not require any mysterious action of magic; all that is required is for people to focus on the virtual beings instead of paying attention to dangers in their vicinity.
Pokemon Go is a worldly temptation that can be deadly for the inattentive. It has only been out for a week or so and the Pokemon are already luring people to their deaths.
The men did not die, but that is not the fault of the Pokemon. That is the mercy of God not allowing the Pokemon to kill them–this time at least.
It doesn’t matter that the Pokemon are not “real.” They are something that can lure men to their deaths, as this episode proves. Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, as Arthur C. Clarke used to say.
// By the fourth century, when pagan beliefs were overtaken by Christianity, belief in literal sirens was discouraged. Although Jerome, who produced the Latin Vulgate version of the Scriptures, used the word “sirens” to translate Hebrew tannīm (jackals) in Isaiah 13:22, and also to translate a word for “owls” in Jeremiah 50:39, this was explained by Ambrose to be a mere symbol or allegory for worldly temptations, and not an endorsement of the Greek myth. // –Wikipedia