As previously noted in an earlier article, Chrono Trigger is littered with religious subtext and in my research for Magi I was reminded about another series of games that referred to Magi or The Three Wise Men, Chrono Trigger. However, in the game instead of referring to them as The Three Wise Men they are referred to as the Guru’s of Zeal, a fallen kingdom you were able to visit in the game in the Antiquity Era. You meet them in various parts of the game but the names are a total giveaway to who they are supposed to be. Belthasar, Gaspar, and Melchior, although not named in the bible are referred to as the three wise men from afar that gave the gift to a baby Jesus and were first to acknowledge him as a King.
Matthew 19:16-22 – 16 And behold, one came to him and said, Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why askest thou me concerning that which is good? One there is who is good: but if thou wouldest enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? And Jesus said, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honor thy father and thy mother; and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I observed: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell that which thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 22 But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sorrowful; for he was one that had great possessions. (ASV)
Lord of the Rings is an epic trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien. He was a christian man and many of the tales he woven were filled with Christian themes. Thankfully Peter Jackson the filmmaker behind the most well known cinematic version of the tale kept those ideals in tact. He also worked on the prequel book The Hobbit. The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, to steal the Arkenstone from the the dragon Smaug for the The King Under the Mountain, Thorin II. If you followed the movies in the third movie of The Hobbit series, The Hobbit The Battle of Five Armies you would see that they finally make it but Thorin comes to a grave illness. An illness that many people could be susceptible to. Dragon Sickness.
An sickness that consumes you from the riches you have and gained. You don’t think clearly. You tend not to value what is important in life. You make the poorest of decisions that can turn your friends and allies against you and lead you to your doom if you are not careful. If you are not strong enough. When watching that film it reminded me of the rich young ruler that Jesus counseled. Continue reading “Dragon Sickness – Matthew 19:16-22”→
Matthew 16:18 – And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV)
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron came out to box office success. My favorite character in the movie was Ultron. He had character and substance. However, I don’t believe that they showed enough of him. One scene in the movie that was noteworthy to me was when he met the twins at the church in the center of the country of Sokovia. In his rambling he actually quoted part of the scripture above, “and on this rock I will build my church.” After watching I would have never guessed that he meant those words in the same way that Jesus meant it when he spoke to Peter. Just not in a positive way of course. Ultron is the villain of the story. Follow me as we take a walk through the Bible and reminisce on a pretty awesome film.
Matthew 11:28-30 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)
The statement posed in the title comes from Vash the Stampede who asked Nicholas D. Wolfwood. Wolfwood carried around a large crossed shaped gun called The Punisher as can be seen above. These characters I mention come from the Anime and Manga Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow. The lead character of the story is Vash the Stampede but the other main character that we watched for was Wolfwood. His story is different in the manga but I will be concentrating on his story from the anime.
Wolfood had a troubled past growing up. He felt the only way to escape from the trouble of his guardians was to shoot and kill them. He later finds himself in an orphanage where he goes from patron to protector. His goal is to take care of the children so they don’t have to experience the same abuse that he had to endure when he was younger. He is taken in by Chapel the Evergreen who raised him to be the future successor of the Gung-Ho Guns Gang and bestowed upon him the Punisher.
The characters in that world exist in the wild west where the world has gone mad. For Wolfwood being a Priest and believing that killing is the only way to make it in the world says a lot. His hand sullied with the blood of his friend and his only other friend is a pacifist who understands him but doesn’t agrees with his ways. Wolfwood was dealt a bad hand being raised by nefarious men, groomed for vile purposes, and has a duty to protect the children of an orphanage so they wouldn’t suffer the same fate as he. How could anyone manage such a burden? Continue reading “That Cross Is Awfully Heavy – Matthew 11:28-30”→
Matthew 28:19-20 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (NIV)
Above you see Link and the Great Deku Tree, Guardian Spirit of the Forest and one of the forces that kept evil at bay in the kingdom of Hyrule. This is from the game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. To setup the story the evil villain Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo Tribe. He wanted to take over Hyrule and turn it to his twisted ways. He first went after the Great Deku Tree. He was the guardian of two very important things. For one he carried Kokiri’s Emerald, one of three Spiritual Stones and a key, used to open up the Door of Time and second he protected the beings of the forest known as the Kokiri and one little boy that was not, Link. Since Ganondorf did not get what he wanted he infected the Great Deku Tree with a curse.