The Momo Challenge first gained public attention in July 2018, when it was noticed on YouTube. After some months, this bizarre challenge spread to Facebook and WhatsApp. This was a suicide game targeting teenagers with messages, “challenging” them to communicate with unknown phone number(s) said to be linked to Momo.
Ostensibly, there are several people behind this “Momo” Internet account. Several users have reportedly claimed that Momo responds with violent images and players are threatened if they refuse to follow the game’s “orders” and dares.
Cops in Argentina are linking the game to the death of a 12-year-old who took her own life and have issued a warning to parents, the Buenos Aires Times reported. They are hunting for the “adolescent with whom she exchanged those messages”.
The National Police of Spain have warned against the “absurd challenges”. On Twitter, they even issued out a warning: “Do not go into ‘Momo’! If you record the number on your calendar, you will see a strange woman’s face, it’s the latest WhatsApp viral to come in vogue among teenagers.”
On August 28, 2018, the death of a teenager in India was also linked to the Momo “suicide game”. The 18-year-old, named locally as Manish Sarki, was found in a livestock shed which had words like “Devil’s one eye” scrawled on the wall.
In September 2018, a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy in Colombia killed themselves after reportedly playing the sick game.
A young girl, 5, from Cheltenham has also cut off her own hair after being “brainwashed” by the Momo Challenge. Schools in the UK have also sent out letters warning of the challenge.
Of course, there are reports in the secular media dismissing the Momo challenge as sensationalized hoax or urban legends. But if you have been conversant with social trends in the past two decades, you would have realized the deja vu here.
This was also how occult games like Dungeons and Dragons left a trail of murder, suicides, sexual violence, occultism and deaths in its wake. This was how Charlie Charlie challenge led to a mass of demon possession and strange deaths among school children few years ago.
We have seen the vampire challenge in which teens, fuelled by the vampire movie craze, began to bite one another like wild animals. There was another “Chatroulette” challenge which saw teens participating in anonymous chat rooms that reveal random people on the other side of the webcam.
All these trends are signs of lives and souls without God. If a trend is from God, it will never be popular with the world.
The Word of God says “the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).
Before you join in a social trend, does it meet up with the above standards? If no, then it’s not from God, it’s earthly, soulish and demonic.
What I find particularly disturbing is the image used by the Momo avatar. With its bulging eyes and huge beak-like mouth, it is modelled after a sculpture named “Mother Bird”.
A close-up of the face gives the impression of a mask or a woman with strangely distorted features. It comes close to the depictions of Lilith, a demon that relishes the death of infants and children.
Even the name “Momo” is obviously tailored after Mormo, a female demon associated with ghouls and the dead in Satanism.
This is why parents need to be watchful and have open communication with their children on Internet usage and safety. The devil is really desperate to defile and destroy as many as possible through the Internet.
This is also an important reason why youths and children need to know God personally and walk in the light of His Word.