God of War and the Bible Part 1: Ascension

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God of War has been a hit ever since the first game released in 2005. However, this series has WAY more biblical problems than just Greek gods and goddesses.

Go to Isaiah 14:12-14:

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Here, we see clearly that Lucifer wanted to ascend. Isn’t it interesting that the new God of War game is called Ascension? This emphasis on the act of ascending was present in the God of War series from its first installment, where Kratos manages to become a “god” at the end.

An especially disturbing element that is seen in the God of War series is the replacement of Jesus with Kratos, seen in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4:

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

The tagline of God of War: Ascension is “Before He Was a God, He Was a Man.” This definitely appears to be another Jesus. The following is one of the many places in the bible where the deity AND humanity of Jesus Christ is revealed:

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:6-11)

Now, let’s see the verses where Jesus talks about his ascending into heaven after he is raised from the dead.

What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?” (John 6:62)

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” (John 20:17)

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” (John 3:13)

Just like Jesus ascended up into heaven, Kratos ascends into Mount Olympus and becomes a god himself. This is clearly another gospel and another Jesus. However, he is not the God of the Bible, instead he is the being described in Revelation 17:8:

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

In Revelation 19:19-21, we see what is the ultimate fate of both the beast, and those who follow him:

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse [Jesus], and against his army.

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

I leave you with this final verse, 2 Corinthians 6:16-18:

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

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About Nelson

Writer, amateur #gamedev, and Founder o' Video Games and the Bible. My interviews bring the boys to the yard. Featured from Kotaku to Rock Paper Shotgun. Dropsy.
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2 Responses to God of War and the Bible Part 1: Ascension

  1. giuseppe says:

    “Preach the Gospel all the time; if necessary use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi

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