Somewhere in the deep corners of the internet, the “Momo” challenge has gone viral and claimed lives. Based on reports, there have been reported cases of children killing themselves or getting killed in Russia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Europe, and Philippines.
Most recently, an 11-year-old Filipino boy, Jasper, from Quezon City committed suicide on the orders of his “Momo master.” Prior to that, Jasper’s mother heard her son blurting out, “I will follow my master and I will kill them.”
Can any one app make one harm himself without his consent? Is it really the app that triggers suicide or are there underlying causes or circumstances that led to it?
Here’s a deeper truth: the reported deadly “Momo” feeds on supernatural mental fears and anxieties, particularly among vulnerable children or youth at risk.
It can be easy to see how the application works at manipulating the mind and holding it hostage to its dictates. A kind of “hypnotism,” as some call it.
A government official, Eliseo Rio, makes an insightful observation related to Momo’s latest child victim:
“Because of virtual peer pressure, children would accept the challenges because minors are still unable to differentiate fact from fiction. A creepy face and threatenimg messages to a child may become reality, leading to tragedies.”
This is why it’s important for parents to be close and give age-appropriate guidance to their children, for not everything in the Internet is real.
Spiritual warfare is real, too. These present-day cyber viral hoaxes echo dark forces at work invisibly in our midst through our minds.
One such case was in the 1980s when teenagers were hearing Satanic messages in rock song lyrics, manufacturing deadly, false beliefs.
Can you discern the “real” problem?
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)