Originally Posted by Tivo32
It's part of the sport. I guess you can call it "cheating" but it really isn't. I played basketball for a LONG time and there was alot of things you'd do that would never get called. The higher levels you play in hoops, the more jersey pulling and other stuff goes on. I'm not talking about playing dirty, just knowing when a ref isn't looking and you can get a tug of a jersey to keep your man close. I don't see how wiping or playing on in paintball is any different. A ref's job in a tournament is to pull players out. I got a 5 min major in a match for trying to play on with a hit. Am I a horrible Christian because of it? I don't see how it pertains to my faith. If I swore up and down as I walked off the field, that would be a horrible showing of my faith. Trying to play on isn't.
I try not to cheat. Penalties in xball are a killer. But there are times I've played on when hits were in unobvious places and I knew I wouldn't get a penalty.
Well when you say cheat by the very definition of the word you know it's wrong. Wiping is not acceptable because it is against the rules, that should be pretty clear. It is like saying that cooking the books for my business is ok because I'm competing against other companies and because I know the punishment if I'm caught. Also, the higher you get in a sport the more important it is NOT to cheat because people look up to you and follow your lead more than if you're just some rec ball player. The only time I ever wipe any more (since I decided to live for God 100% without excuse) is when I'm out practicing and it is not against the rules (we just call that we got hit and play on). It becomes even more crucial that we follow the rules because the Bible tells us to, and we, as Christians, make a stand that the Bible is true. If it is then we need to live like it.
If I came across harshly I do want to ask for your forgiveness. I understand why you feel the way you do, because the majority of people out there have been rationalizing it for so long. We have to go back to the Word though to find out what the truth is.