Darksiders and the Bible Part 1

You can have a look at what the Bible actually says about the Four Horsemen before we start in Revelation 6:2-8 (simply click on the blue words).

Isaiah 5:20 says: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Also, Psalm 119:105 says that: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

In Isaiah 5, we see the wicked reverse things, putting light for darkness, etc. Also, we see that God’s word is light according to Psalm 119:105. Here are two instances where the Darksiders series has twisted and reversed Scripture:

  • In the game, Abaddon is the original commander of the armies of Heaven. In the Bible, he is king of the creatures of the bottomless pit (the opposite of the role of his video game counterpart) according to Revelation 9:7-11:

And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Abaddon is eventually killed by the Horseman of the Apocalypse who is named War, after being defeated in both his dragon and fallen angel forms. The Abaddon of the game seems to represent Lucifer according to Isaiah 14:12 and Revelation 12:9.

  • Abaddon, Azrael and Ulthane break all but the seventh seal to kick-start the apocalypse. This goes against Revelation 5:1-5 where it states that only one person, whose attributes clearly reveal him to be Jesus, can break the seven seals:

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Perhaps the most disturbingly evil part of the game has to do with the Tree of Knowledge. In the game, War must go to the tree to be given a “gift.” He is then enlightened about several things such as the true identity of The Destroyer (Abaddon), and how to defeat him. Why is this so dangerous? Let’s look to the Bible:

In Romans 5:12-20 we see how Jesus is the second Adam:

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Here is the connection between this passage and Darksiders:

The first Adam brought sin and death into the world, but Jesus came to take it away and save us through his death and resurrection. Now, Darksiders is replaying what happened in the Garden of Eden to bring sin back.

In Darksiders, the forces of Hell defeat the armies of Heaven. Here is what really happens at the end of the world according to the Bible:

Revelation 19:11-13:

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Revelation 19:19-21:

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, 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.

The horseman named Death (the protagonist of the next game, coming out tomorrow August 14th) is both a necromancer and sorcerer:

Deuteronomy 18:10-11:

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

Malachi 3:5:

[God speaking] “And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.

Finally, look at what the Bible says about death in 1 Corinthians 15:26:

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

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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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4 Responses to Darksiders and the Bible Part 1

  1. Salvatore says:

    Great post, really enjoyed it!
    — Salvatore

  2. Alex Rastall says:

    Here’s the thing though: the game is conjuring an entirely fictional “what-if” scenario were this to somehow actually happen, which wouldn’t. All in the Bible will happen, but please don’t hack at a video game. That’s why God gave us the imagination.

    • Thank you for commenting Alex.

      My intention is not to “hack” or bash any video game, including Darksiders. I just put this information out there to give a biblical perspective on the games we play.
      In this article, I am for the most part just showing the difference between the truth of the Bible and the story put forward by the first Darksiders game.

      God bless.

      Your Friend,
      Nelson

      • Alex Rastall says:

        Ok. Sorry for my insolent tone, I was in a rather bad mood that day. Thank for being so kind and patient =)

        Your friend, Alex

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