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افتراضي The Christian Themes of inFAMOUS and Cole MacGrath

Technology has advanced. Things like Facebook to YouTube have revolutionized the way we communicate and interact with the world. One area that has advanced dramatically along with technology is video gaming. Movies such as Chronicles of Narnia have evident Christian themes, but Christian themes aren’t only limited to movies and music; they are present in video games too.
The PlayStation 3 series “inFAMOUS” centers around the character of Cole MacGrath. An explosion wipes out much of Empire City, his hometown (equivalent of NYC). Many people die and countless others become sick and in need, but somehow Cole is given electrical superpowers (this is a comic book-type game after all). The unique thing about inFAMOUS is that the game can be played 2 ways. Cole can choose to use his powers to do good or to do evil.
Cole is a perfect example of those that choose to serve God and those who choose not to. If he chooses to use his superpowers for good, he serves the greater good and no longer serves himself. If he chooses to do evil, he will serve his own selfish desires, his own temptations, and his own will.
John 12:25 (NIV): Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Those who “love their lives” are the ones that live life however they want; they fulfill all the desires of the flesh, contaminate their bodies and spirits with sin, and love everything that will eventually lead to hell. On the other hand, whoever “hates their life” will reach eternal life. What does it mean to “hate” your life? “Hating” your life means that you dedicate it fully to Jesus and to obeying His word. We put ourselves and our desires to the side so that we may serve God more wholeheartedly, serving him in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23).
At one point, Cole gains the power to heal people. People begin to seek him so that they can be healed. Sound familiar!? As Jesus’ began performing more miracles, he became better known throughout Samaria, Judea, and the surrounding places. People would go out of their way to try to meet Jesus so that they could receive divine healing. The most famous example of this is the sick woman who bled for 12 years.
Mark 5:25-29 (NIV): 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
This woman’s faith was powerful. She saw the multitude of people surrounding Jesus and knew that it would be hard to come in direct contact with him, but her act of faith healed her. She simply touched Jesus’ clothes and received her miracle. God still performs countless miracles today. God hasn’t changed one bit. Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Something strange happens as the inFAMOUS story progresses. As people see Cole helping the citizens of Empire City, many start to twist his actions and start viewing him as a villain and evil person. Does this not sound like the Pharisees saying that Jesus cast out demons through the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons? (Matthew 12:24) Jesus was definitely the son of God, but those who were against him tried to make everyone else view him as an evil, wicked man. It’s very sad. God wants everyone to be saved and have eternal life, but we want nothing to do with God.
inFAMOUS 2 pushes the Christian similarities even further. Cole spends most of part 2 searching for a way to power a device called the RFI. The RFI has the power to destroy an evil being that is present in the world. When Cole is finally able to power the RFI he realizes that, aside from destroying the evil he fights against, it will kill him as well. He is given the choice to either power the RFI and give his life to save the lives of many, or destroy the RFI and cause billions of people to die so that he can continue living.
This is a direct relation to the crucifixion of Jesus!!!
John 3:16 (KJV): For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Jesus left the glory he had in heaven and made himself human so that he could one day die and give his life to save all of humanity. He did so without thinking twice. However, he resurrected on the third day and is now in heaven at the right hand of the Father. Thanks to his sacrifice we have access to heaven and to the Father.
John 14:6 (NIV): I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
It’s amazing how much the gospel has spread around the world. Everyone knows something or another about the Bible and about Jesus. Many video games, movies, and songs carry Christian themes and messages with them, but in the end they cannot save anyone. The only way to heaven is to believe that Jesus Christ is truly the son of God and to accept him as personal lord and savior.
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