“Nothing is true.” – Part of the assassins’ motto from Assassin’s Creed II
“Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” – Romans 1:19-20 (NIV)
“Then He [Jesus] told them many things in parables” – Matthew 3:13 (NIV)
This week was the E3 Expo. If you do not know what that is, it is an annual festival of mostly video game vendors trying to sell their future game or console. This year, the game that won Best Action Game of E3 2010 was the new Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. It is based on the same characters and setting as Assassin’s Creed II.
In Assassin’s Creed II, the main character Desmond Miles uses the Animus 2.0 to relive the major events in the life of his Italian Renaissance assassin ancestor, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Like its prequel, one of the main themes of Assassin Creed II is to examine the assassin’s creed and try to disprove it. While the first game showed when it was OK to break the 3 rules of the assassin’s creed, this game looked deeper: at half of the motto of the assassins. From “The Truth” glyphs to the real identity of historical features to the crazy weird ending scene in The Vault, Assassin’s Creed II destroys the statement “Nothing is true.” Instead, it shows that there is a truth, but not everything is as it seems. There is a truth in everything, just sometimes it is hidden.
I believe that is how God created the world. As Romans 1:19-20 says, God has revealed his truth in every part of His creation. I also believe that His truth can be found in our creations. However, sometimes we are just blind to His truths. We just do not take the time to look for them. We believe that only the Bible holds God’s truths. Instead, God’s truths are not limited to the Bible. Now, I not saying that the Bible is not the ultimate authority on God’s truth; I’m just saying that it is not the only way to learn about God. Many of my classes in college did not have anything to do with the Bible, but I learned a lot about God in every class I took. God seems to like to hide His truths for us to find.
One way that Jesus hid His truth in the Bible is through His parables. A parable is just a story that has some deeper meaning behind it. They were popular in Jesus’ time. Today, video games are popular. I believe that the modern-day “parable” is the video game. This blog will hopefully show you some of God’s hidden truths that I found in today’s video games. If you have any favorite games that you want me to analyze for God’s truths, just tell me in the comments. This way, I can show you that Someone is true without having to paint a big red “Truth file” glyph.
Assassin’s Creed II:
PlayStation 3, XBox 360, PC
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rated Mature: Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language
My Rating: Overall: 4 / 5
Gameplay: 5 / 5 Story: 5 / 5 Graphics and Sound: 5 / 5 Controls: 3 / 5 Christian Values: 2 / 5