Left Behind: The Video Game??!

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Where are the T-shirts, decals for my car, stuffed Rayfords and action figures? I’ll let you guess which of those they already have.

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0 Responses to Left Behind: The Video Game??!

  1. Josh Creason says:

    That’s great. It actually sounds like a cool game. At least it’s not like most “spiritual” games have been…

  2. Derek Lidbom says:

    interesting…I think that it’s awful. It’s one thing to separate your theology and worldview from a secular game. It’s another to have a game that spews heresy but is from a group that is trusted by probably a majority of professing evangelicals.

  3. Josh Creason says:

    Refresh me on the spewing heresy part…
    Do you think it would be best for the Christian entertainment industry to stay out of video games or that they need to come up with a better topic? This is the first video game I’ve heard about that is associated with Christianity and is still engaging the technology. I think that is encouraging. It could do more harm that good if the theology is too far out there there.

  4. Derek Lidbom says:

    Let me do some research on the spewing heresy, I might have overreacted (in volume, not severity), but I know I was reading about how you could gain converts and then lose them. I would definitely put high on my list:
    1.
    There seems to be NO attention given to the power of the Spirit and God’s role in salvation.
    2.
    People can lose their salvation?

    To answer your question, I don’t know that I even agree with the concept of a “Christian Entertainment Industry” at all.

  5. Jon says:

    Theologically, the books of the LBS were appalling enough, but since the debate of eschatology is typically fruitless, it does seem valuable to consider the other theological presuppositions of the game.

    To answer Derek’s #1 – According to the Dispensational model, the Holy Spirit (the restrainer in the Dispy understanding of 2Thess) is removed during this time, so obviously the power of the Spirit is ignored. (from the site “The goal of the Tribulation Force is to save as many people from the clutches of the antichrist as possible.” – http://www.eternalforces.com/characters.aspx?sect=Tribulation )

    On the topic of the second disagreement…It seems logical (at least in an aristotelean sense) to state that if “salvation” starts with man volition, then it can also end with man’s volition. At least the game is consistent in it’s soteriology.

    I suppose my dominant concern with the game is the gross similarities to the Warcraft and Age of Empires TPS games I played in days of yore. The process of conversion, primarily, shows itself to be not much more than a “Christianized” ripoff of what I did with my clerics during the Ethopian campaign in AOE 1 🙂

    I also find it difficult to distinguish in my mind the anti-orthodoxy of this game into “eschatological” and “non-eschatological” categories. This due to the fact that Redemptive History is in it’s scope, an eschatological paradigm that centers on the work of Christ, and the New Testament’s understanding/interpretation of the Old Testament.

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