Updated: Jul 22
Here is the continuing post from part one. If you have not read it, I suggest you go back and read it first before part 2 to get the full message! Anonymous has challenged me with an anti-religion stance in video games. I am spelling it out! There is already religion promoted in video games. Spoiler: it's not Christianity. Check these out!
Silent Hill: The Order
The religion most people think of when they look at The Order. Like Christianity, the Order calls their deity "God." Both Gods are Savior deities who are believed to one day return to Earth and give believers (or all of humanity, depending on one's interpretations) eternal life and happiness. The Order also has similarities with Catholocism specifically. The clergy performs confessionals like Catholics do. Both believe in Purgatory. Some have pointed out Gnostic themes in Silent Hill. The Order believes this world to be a Hell whereas the more fantastic Otherworld is a pleasant realm, just as Gnostics believe the physical world to be an inferior world. This is, however, reversed in that the Otherworld is actually a Hellish realm whereas the glimpses we have of the real world is it being a normal place. Near the end of Silent Hill 3, Heather reads part of a book on Tarot. It mentions the "Gardner deck." This is likely a reference to Gerald Gardner, one of the founders of Wicca. The creators have stated that the Order was partially off of Mesoamerican rituals and beliefs. We see this in the Order's practice of human sacrifice, especially when Heather pours blood on the altar found in the Otherworld Brookhaven Hospital. The Otherworld is a term from Celtic paganism. In Celtic paganism, the Otherworld was a magical place where fairies, gods and other magical creatures lived. Some also believed it was the Celtic afterlife. Another possible influence is the Shinto religion. In Shintoism, there is a belief in "Kami." "Kami" is often mistranslated as "god," but it's actually more complex than that. Some have pointed out the Order has similarities to Satanism. Both religions believe in the Occult and try to attain Occult powers. When the God was expelled from Alessa in the first game, it created the Incubus, which looks like the Baphomet, a figure associated with Satanism and the Left Hand Path. The first game contains Kabbalistic references in the form of a puzzle. Read Source here.
Chrono Series – New Age Evolution and the Dragon gods
The new age movement teaches that we are evolving into Godhood. This is taught in a book called the “Indigo Child” by Lee Carol and John Tobor. Of course, this game also mentions the teaching of evolution within the story line. Check out the game review here. They also have dragon deities that you fight against in the Chrono Cross series. Yes, there is a religion other than evolution in this series. Much of this stems from Eastern Paganism and of course, it's not going to change another person's faith by playing it. It would only be understood as fantasy to give the mind imagination. After all, isn't this what its supposed to be about? But what about those who would like to express their individuality and their beliefs?
And Final Fantasy – Paganism and Evil Churches
You don’t want to get me started on this one. Like Silent Hill, Final Fantasy has many religious elements woven into it that stem from Evolution, New Age, Christianity, Paganism, Catholicism, and Wicca. It even involves evil churches as well. It doesn't' speak to highly of churches or religion and and often times frowns down upon anything that has to do with Christianity (along with most games that come from Japan). To check out all of the different elements here is the source
Sorry for my book, but these all have religion in them, and no uproar is heard about them. They are some of the most popular and well known games on the market. They are among some of the best sellers as well.
(( I believe that a depiction of religion is fine but not a game wholly based on religious foundations. ))
No, you just don't want Christianity depicted. It's that simple. But ChristiAnime isn’t about a religious foundation. It’s about providing a godly alternative for those who want it. Here is a fact: games do not have to be religious to tell a captivating story, nor does it have to force an opinion or view on unsuspected readers to teach a great moral lesson. You can weave a life’s lesson into a story line without making people feel like they are being preached to. Here is how.
(( You may not know but an old Gameboy game called Exodus was based on Moses as he was set about certain "tasks" to fulfill his god's command. The game tanked in sales and was soon taken off all retail shelves because parents didn't like what it was "teaching" their kids. ))
And what are parents allowing their kids to learn nowadays? They will sit them in front of a TV that will pollute their minds and dumb them down, but not allow traditional values be taught to them? This world has it backwards. They call evil good and good evil. Christianity is next to unheard of in the video games nowadays. And yet religion is still in the mix. How can this be? I am going to spell it out, It's not religion that people get ticked off over. It's the root of what true Christianity teaches: responsibility for your own actions, and that there are consequences when you don’t. To acknowledge the creator and his sovereignty is to also admit that we are wrong and he is right. I realize there will be those who don't agree with it. That is a given. But you know something? They aren't the audience I'm trying to reach out to. Here is the key, “Know Your Audience”. My audiences are people who want that alternative and are sick and tired of the political correctness that is being pushed on them through the media. Check out the Illuminati Game to find out more. Christians have had their faith attacked through many things, and this includes the anti-Christian stance that many of these writers have implemented in games.
(( I will take it upon myself and say for the general populace of gamers that we do not need or want a heavy religious game or alternative. ))
I understand where you are coming from. You can't force your opinions or views on others. Most readers or viewers don't want to be preached to. But an overly religious alternative? Who ever said anything about that? That is something I never said. What I am endorsing is a family friendly alternative apart from the adult content we find widely in anime from Japan. Also, many of these Japanese games paint church or faith in God in such a negative light. Today's political correctness agenda is no exception. We find much of that beginning to seep more into children's entertainment as well as games. Here is something we really don't want or need. We don't need that shoved down our throats or forced on our kids. It's bad enough when we see it happening through our public school systems. Shouldn't that be a cause for concern for Christian and non-christians alike? The increased negativity spoken about faith and God and political correctness is at an all time high. To me that is insulting and degrading to depict God-fearing people as killers and villains while painting everyone with such a broad brush. This is why we want to provide an alternative for our kids. Yes there are religious hypocrites, but the actions of some don't speak for all. And how can you claim to be a follower of Christ if you go out and kill innocent people? Think about it. Jesus never taught his followers to hate people or kill them!
((Get over it! They believe differently than you! If you don't like it, don't play it!))
Funny how it is, the same people with this argument are the same people that would tell me to shut-up for pointing out other religions being taught within games and anime, and “If you don’t like them, don’t play them”. Take your own advice. And I will work to make an alternative that we know will teach our children better things and help them to grow spiritually! Hope this helps! God Bless!