The Legend of Zelda and the Bible Part 3: The Triforce

*Please read The Legend of Zelda and the Bible Part 6: Worship, Prayer and the Goddess before continuing.

*Note: there is an audio version of this article:

According to Zelda series lore, the three pieces of the Triforce were created by and represent the three “Golden Goddesses:” Din, Nayru, and Farore. These three deities also created the Hylian universe. Some have theorized that the Triforce could also represent the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). However, there is another group of three in the Bible:

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16)

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In 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 we see how Paul warns the Corinthians against another Jesus, another spirit and another gospel:

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, 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.

Let’s see if we can find a few ways where another gospel, another spirit and another Jesus are being shown in this series:

  • Farore, goddess of Courage is said to have “…produced all life forms who would uphold the law.” Look at Ecclesiastes 7:20 and Romans 3:12: “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.“(Ecclesiastes 7:20)
  • They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:12)

She is commonly associated with wind as well, as seen in the Ocarina of Time Spell Farore’s Wind. Try looking at Acts 2:1-4 and John 3:8:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)

Even in Skyward Sword, the demon Demise said that an incarnation of his hatred would forever follow those who “share the blood of the goddess (Princess Zelda) and the spirit of the hero (Link).” Link’s spirit-the part of the Triforce that is identified with him (the Triforce of Courage), is that of the goddess Farore. By the Bible verses we’ve seen, it can be said that Farore is the “another spirit” mentioned in 2 Corinthians 11.

  • Nayru, the goddess of Wisdom, is said to have “poured her wisdom onto the earth and gave the spirit of law to the world.” While Din, the goddess of Power is said to have “with her strong flaming arms, cultivated the land and created the red earth.” Try 1 Chronicles 22:12, Ephesians 1:17, Colossians 2:1-3, Romans 8:2, Daniel 2:20, James 1:5, Psalm 62:11, 1 Corinthians 1:23-24, and 1 Corinthians 1:30.

Only the LORD give thee wisdom, and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.” (1 Chronicles 22:12)

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)

God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” (Psalm 62:11)

For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:1-3)

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:” (Daniel 2:20)

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:” (Ephesians 1:17)

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24)

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” (1 Corinthians 1:30)

The fact that Bible verse after Bible verse connect power, wisdom, and the law to God mean that these two goddesses are the “another Jesus” mentioned in 2 Corinthians 11. Nayru also qualifies for this. How? Well according to 1 John 5:7 God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus are one and the same: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

  • The in-game mythology of these goddesses and others such as Hylia, along with the Triforce is the “another gospel” mentioned in 2 Corinthians 11-the exact thing Paul warned us against. Four final verses about the Golden Goddesses, their Triforce and what the Bible says about them:

Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)

 (For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by; And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:)” (Deuteronomy 29:16-17)

For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.” (Psalm 96:4-5)

The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.” (Psalm 135:15-18)

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” (1 John 5:21)

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20 Responses to The Legend of Zelda and the Bible Part 3: The Triforce

  1. XcitingStuart says:

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  2. XcitingStuart says:

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  3. Hein says:

    I pray that I am worthy to wear the crown of life. I regret my sins and although I sin, I do try to get rid of my faults. It is not easy since I am flesh. As flesh I am not strong, but I pray that my father gives me strength through the holy spirit to lead me the right direction.

    I have played Ac 1 and AC 2, yet I knew what I saw is wrong. I also have AC BH and AC Rev. Those are still sealed in its packaging, but from what I am learning I know that it is not a good idea playing them. Be aware of Wolfenstein and so many other games films and books all around us.

    Satan’s works are everywhere. We have one Savior, do not be deceived.

  4. Ryan McCardle says:

    I feel you are discrediting a symbol that could be used for what we all believe in. You are talking about a children title here. Many kids do not know what symbol represents the father, the son, and the holy spirit. It doesn’t matter what symbol is used, but that the heart is in the right place. The characters used for a STORY to give a background to a symbol that is meant for a purpose of a STORY is by choice used for what it is about. Anyone can be taught what word says, and learn to follow and understand overtime. If a child, or adult plays a game like this one which has the triforce in it and allows this symbol of these characters than yes it would be worshiping a false god, but is it not in the bible that Our father knows our heart? If I take a triforce symbol, or I take the celtic knot or a cross. and believe in my heart that any of these symbols represent either Jesus on the cross in which he died for my sins, or the father, son, and holy spirit where is it wrong to think this. You know these games and the word and choose to discredit every aspect of these Zelda titles with the word of God. Please explain this to me. Where in the Bible does it say that something fictional is against the word of God. Jesus himself even spoke of fables to help his followers understand what the word of God means. I fully believe that one person or more created such titles to help children and adults alike understand the word of God easier as Jesus himself spoke of stories that helped shed light on a topic where someone didn’t understand. It is true that there are characters that can be portrayed as such people referred to in the Bible, but sadly enough in the U.S.A. if you create a game or story that involves the word of God. It will not sell, it will not easily reach people, so again I believe these titles were created the way they were for sales, to reach people, and teach as well. In these games I as a child learned patience, I learned how to problem solve, I learned and feel I understand the bible more clearly than I did before. But most importantly I had fun. It was a game first and foremost. If every fictional story is ripped apart to belittle because of the Word of God. Than fantasy would not be something we could enjoy. escape reality for a moment. I came to this site to find references to the bible as I noticed many of them myself, and wanted to share them with people after evidence was found. What I found was a site of someone ripping apart GAMES, FICTIONAL STORIES WITH FICTIONAL CHARACTERS, and trying to explain to people that its wrong to play. I am seriously upset the more I read this site. Why? Because if people like the author of these articles can use the word of God to mock a game, a fantasy, and even a positive outlook on life. What do you think will stop others from wanting to discredit the Word of God. As christians we are to bring people in. Why would you mock and talk down on GAMES and STORIES using the word of God and expect to do just that? If I wore a tattoo of a TRIFORCE on my body I could and I know I could easily bring people in to the word of God, and not something fake because I believe that the symbol has nothing to do with whats in my heart, neither does the story if I were to use it as an example of the real thing to help someone understand. In fact couple years ago I helped someone re new their faith in the word because of the references between the Bible and “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time”. I can go on and on. and if I have repeated myself its because of how upsetting this is to read. I do hope to read comments and debates are welcome. Lets talk I am so down for such a conversation.

    • Hello Ryan!

      Thank you for commenting. I will reply to both of your posts with one response. What you said encouraged me to do something I have been putting off for a while. As a result, I am currently writing The Legend of Zelda and The Bible Part 6: Skyward Sword’s Triforce, Prayers, and Goddess.

      As a fan of the Zelda series, have you played Skyward Sword? If you have, you know that players must say prayers to Hylia (the goddess) at bird statues in order to save their progress. Near the end of the Wing Ceremony, the player gives a bird statuette to Zelda so she can offer it to the goddess. At the intro of the game, we see people bowing down to the Triforce. Near the end of the game, Link must pray to the Triforce to defeat the demon Demise. In The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (which they are now remaking in HD), we see people bowing down to a Triforce, and praying to the Golden Goddesses for help.

      You said, “If a child, or adult plays a game like this one which has the triforce in it and allows this symbol of these characters than yes it would be worshiping a false god.

      God is a jealous god and commands that we not worship anyone or thing other than him: “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:” (Exodus 34:14)

      Is it still a sin to do so, even if it is only in a video game?

      You said, “If I take a triforce symbol, or I take the celtic knot or a cross. and believe in my heart that any of these symbols represent either Jesus on the cross in which he died for my sins, or the father, son, and holy spirit where is it wrong to think this.” In 2 Corinthians it says for us to touch not the unclean thing:

      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.” (2 Corinthians 6:16-18)

      If the Triforce symbol reminds you of God, that’s between you and God. But what it means to you personally, does not change its actual meaning. For example:

      Let’s say I was invited to a costume party and didn’t have an outfit, and so I go to a costume shop to pick one up. Let’s say I choose a pair of red devil horns and think, “this reminds me of the horns of the Lamb of God,” and I wear it to the party. That does not change the fact that they still represent the devil.

      Likewise, if I take the Triforce and apply a Christian meaning to it, that does not change the fact that it represents false gods, idols and (according to the Bible) devils. It also does not change the fact that the Triforce is often an object of worship throughout the series.

      You are “seriously upset” about the Biblical connections you saw. Look at what they said about Jesus:

      These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
      When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
      ” (John 6:59-61)

      Luke 7:22-24 says:

      Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

      And of course, Jesus IS the word:

      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

      I don’t write these articles to “rain on someone’s parade,” and I don’t write this to belittle you. I write these articles because whether something is fictional or not, I believe God cares about every aspect of our lives. People deserve to know what the Bible-the perfect word of God-says, even in regards to entertainment. If the Bible shows that something is wrong, wicked or evil (such as false Christs or Another Jesus), it is that.

      Is someone going to Hell just over a video game? No, they would go to Hell because they did not believe on Jesus Christ. However, if I as a born-again Christian am convicted over a game, and God has shown me things in the Bible that point to it, and I still play…I will have to answer to God for my willful disobedience.

      It goes back to what you said-the heart. If a game, activity, person, etc. is more important to me than God, or what God’s word says, I am not really following Jesus Christ. As Exodus 20:3 says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

      You have to understand, I am a former video game addict. At a certain point, video games literally were my God. I was not saved, although I thought I was. After Jesus saved me, he changed me and my desires as well, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

      After being saved I was ready to give up gaming entirely. However, after a period of time, God has given me the liberty to play certain video games, and the knowledge to write these articles.

      So now I ask you, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5) “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

      I pray that God helps you, and leads you whichever way he wants you to go.

      Your Friend,
      Nelson

      • Colin Byrne says:

        You talk about all that the LoZ series has become, but have you looked at what it once was?? In the first Zelda, there was no ‘goddesses’, or ‘Hylia’. It was just stated as the Triforce of Courage, Power, and Wisdom. Not only that, but Links shield in the original game had a cross on it, and the ‘magical book’ was literally translated from Japanese as ‘the Bible’. The reason it didn’t make the cut was Nintendo of America’s restrictions which changed the name to what it is here. I’m not saying its all absolutely biblical, because there is the ‘magic rod’ item, but I’m saying that as long as a game does not say or advocate sinful things seriously, then you can find Christian principles in the game. Think of the struggle between good and evil in the game, and how the original, like as in life, has no clear way to go about it. You could attack any dungeon in any order, but its easier if you tackle the smaller and lesser ones, just like tackling sin bit by bit, and working your way up to getting over the big sin in your life. I know that some people may feel convicted, and I encourage them to follow what they believe God convicts them of, like Paul says in Romans 14: (NIV)

        14 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

        5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

        If you play games and aren’t convicted then look for connections between them and Christianity. Zelda, at least the original, is full of Christian tidbits.

        • Colin Byrne says:

          I see that in a later comment you referenced this. So I can also see that you are knowledgeable in it or at least can research, and that is good. I feel like the creator of the series gave up eventually on trying to press Christianity into the series if it wouldn’t end up in it thanks to final checks. I also feel like the series could be a warning like Solomon and his wives that led him astray. But literally anything can be an idol if you let it, even the Bible could be if you put the Bible above God. As long as you keep an eye on what you think by it, and don’t use it for nothing, then it could be a tool actually for connecting with others and leading someone to Christ potentially.

          peace out,
          Colin

          • Nelson says:

            Thanks for your comments, Colin!

            One thing I’ll say is that the Bible (the Word/Jesus) and God are one according to John 1, so I’m not necessarily sure you can place it above him in a normal context. 🙂 Also:

            I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” (Psalm 138:2)

            As for using scriptural parallels to video games to connect with others and even lead them to Christ, I absolutely agree with you, we can and should do that. God’s Word can apply to anything, really–not just entertainment. However, the parallels drawn can be quite negative as well as positive. That’s why I started Video Games and the Bible.

            To keep a balanced Biblical perspective, it’s important to note the serious problems (such as the forced worship of idols by players we see in Skyward Sword or the crucifixion of Dante in the Devil May Cry anime) in media we enjoy in addition to any potentially positive messages we may find.

            Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

            Your Friend,
            Nelson

            • Colin Byrne says:

              I’m glad you responded back with your thoughts. 🙂
              However I am confused as to what you mean by “the Bible (the Word/Jesus) and God.” I fully believe in the Tri-unity of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being one. (triunity as opposed to trinity because triunity focuses on the three being one as opposed to trinity focusing on the three.) You almost make it sound like the Bible is part of God, but it is just the literal Word of God, not God, as shown in 2 Timothy 3:16:
              All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
              Although, you are right on what Zelda has become. (I don’t know anything about DMC, as A.) I cannot play M rated games yet and B.) that wouldn’t be close to one that I would play) Although, I can’t exactly say that I’ve ever thought “you know what? Hylia, who is created by some Japanese game designer (whether Miyamoto or not I don’t know) and has no evidence towards existing and doesn’t since she is made up, sounds like a viable candidate to believe in. Link worships her in the game so I think I will too.” I feel that you are speaking on the LoZ series as if it’s a series trying to depict how this world exists, not just as a game. In videogames, it is possible to make someone to “uphold the law,” because a major recurring theme in most videogames (and especially Zelda) is restoring order to the way it was, and humans in the game (for the most part) are always lawful or good. It’s the same as how video game characters (Zelda aside, as they are ‘reincarnations’ that look almost exactly the same *except toon link*) never seem to age in games. It’s all fabricated wishful thinking of peace, but in order to sell they need something fetching like gameplay, brain twisting puzzles, or a heartfelt storyline. (realistic and/or fantasy style)

              Charmed and peace out,
              Colin

              • Colin Byrne says:

                ……I feel like you probably answer repeat questions and comments a lot, don’t you?

                My bad; peace out,
                Colin

              • Nelson says:

                No worries, Colin! Thanks for your additions to the discussion. I hope you stick around, and keep thinking about how the Bible can relate to our lives–both real and virtual. 🙂

                –Nelson

  5. Robin Henson says:

    I believe that the Lord can reach our hearts through any means, video games included. When i first saw the triforce, i immediately thought of The Holy Trinity, One God, three persons. Heck, there are people who can show you a deck of playing cards and recite a verse, event or person from the bible for each card. i.e the joker as the devil etc. I have yet to see anyone raise a hullabaloo about that. I can totally see where you’re coming from with that other group of 3, but my heart is with the lord and as long as i dont lose sight of that, i believe i am pretty safe when i pick up my copy of Ocarina of Time.

    • Hi Robin, thank you for taking the time to comment.

      I do believe that God can use anything. I also believe that we as Christians have liberty (Galatians 5:13-14), and can generally play video games (unless God directs someone otherwise). However, there is something I would like to address.

      Revelation 20:11-13 tells us of the Last Judgment, when every man will be judged according to his works, while Matthew 12:36 tells us this judgment even extends to the words we speak. If even our words will be judged, why not the games we play? As 1 Peter 4:17 says:

      For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

      What’s going to send someone to Hell is that they did not believe on Jesus Christ for their salvation, not their gaming habits. However, I disagree with you on the fact that we’re “pretty safe” playing these games if our “heart is with the lord.

      Don’t get me wrong, I played and loved games like Zelda, Assassin’s Creed, Halo, Alan Wake, etc. Now that we know the truth though, we can’t just ignore it and continue. If we do, we will have to answer for our knowledge.

      As a born-again Christian, I trust the Lord will guide you whichever way he wants you to go. I pray the best for you.

      Your Friend,
      Nelson

      • Robin Henson says:

        i read the bible too and pray but i didnt feel God stop or silence me when i asked for that game 2 christmases ago, and its not like i worship the triforce. No, i worship and adore the Lord Jesus, thing is, at the time when i wrote my first comment yesterday, i wondered if anyone else saw The Father, Son and Holy Ghost in the triforce. I found your blog, listened to the article and at the end, couldnt help feeling like i had been convicted, tried and sentenced for liking Zelda. I thought to myself “Geez, what’s next? a hidden biblical commandment that says “thou shalt not read Winne the Pooh*? I mean seriously, no offense, but instead of giving me pause to think, this article frightened me a bit. Until i was led to look at some christian artworks where the trinity was represented by not only their physical forms, but by….thats right, a triangle . A golden triangle no less. And here’s another tidbit i found. (forgot where i read it) But, before implementing the 3 goddesses, the main religion behind the Zelda lore was rumored to have possibly been Christianity.

        • Hi Robin, thanks for commenting again. God will usually not stop someone from playing or asking for a game like this. We have free will. However, once we have knowledge, we are held accountable for it.

          You said you, “couldnt help feeling like i had been convicted, tried and sentenced for liking Zelda.” My intention is not to judge anybody, but to give information about various games according to the Bible. How this information makes you feel is between you and God. Also, as I’ve said before, it’s not like we as Christians do not have liberty.

          One final thing. You said “before implementing the 3 goddesses, the main religion behind the Zelda lore was rumored to have possibly been Christianity.” This certainly seems true. There was a Bible in the first Zelda, a cross in the second, and a promotional picture of Link kneeling before a crucifix in the third. The third game also contained a church and priest that were renamed in the US release. However, the “Christianity” in the series was REPLACED by the Triforce and Golden Goddesses. This replacement has reached its logical conclusion, with the player having to offer prayers to the goddess Hylia through a bird statue to save their game in Skyward Sword.

          Your Friend,
          Nelson

  6. smcrzgi says:

    just to correct some information on the author’s part, the spirit of the hero from Skyward sword does NOT equal the triforce of courage. they are separate entities in the lore.

    • smcrzgi says:

      i do agree with you on the fact that God judges us not for our video game habits (unless perhaps they get in the way of him! lol) i just want to remind us all of romans 14, where it discusses disputable matters. to some extent, i do feel that video games would fall under that category, and so we should all be carefull about how we talk to people about certain games becuase we do not know where they are coming from or what their background was. as neslon as stated here, he was addicted to video games, and i feel like to some extent that is why, for him, there are issues with certain games. i get that. im not going to judge him for something he might posssibly feel is wrong to play.

      that being said, i do want to balance out the negativity here towards zelda (it is kinda my fav video game series and is really the only one i play consistently) I just wanted to show that while, yes perhaps there are negative elements in zelda, there are also positive ones, if you know where to look. as an example, i want to discuss the mastersword (mostly from the perspective givin from twilight princess.)

      when Link ventures into the twilight realm, the “gods” of that world (yes im aware they are not the real God, but im focusing on the sword here.) grant his sword the power to cut the darkness. when you walk with the sword out, it glows and lights up where ever you are going, cuts threw darkness, as well as lights up orbs and other things that are needed to help you move forward through the dungeon. while probably not a reference, i find an interesting connection between it and psalm 119:105, which says
      Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
      The fact that the light is coming from a sword is also interesting. hebrews 4:12 says
      For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
      The master sword, in game, is the most powerful weapon ever, and has the power to banish evil. it is also called the blade of evil’s bane. this correlates wit the fact that the word of God is what judges evil thoughts and attitudes in the heart. the heart is filled with evil, as Jesus says in mark 7:21. that evil is banished when we accept Jesus as our savior, and Jesus is the one who holds the two edged sword in revelation, as well as is called the word of God in John. the word is also a sword in hebrews, that cuts through to the heart.
      so there you go, just something i found a while back that i found very interesting. no i don’t think Nintendo intended these connections to be there. in reality it is purely a game play mechanic. but it is a very interesting connection.

      aas i said, i just wanted to balance out the playing feild here. i believe God can use video games, even if they are secular, and perhaps have elements in them that are not very nice, to point to him. that doesnt mean obviously that i go and play every video game with out taking into consideration the content im getting myself into, which is something id say all christians, if they are going to be playing video games, should be doing…

      • Hi smcrzgi, thanks for taking the time to comment!

        First of all, while the Spirit of the Hero and the Triforce of Courage (Farore, Goddess of Courage) are “separate entities in the lore,” I believe a case can be made for their connection.

        According to the Bible (as in the example of Farore’s Wind and the Goddesses ascending into the heavens after their work was done), Farore can be classified as a spirit. In almost every Legend of Zelda title, the Triforce of Courage is seen to be the part of the Triforce most attuned with Link (even appearing tattooed on his hand in several titles).

        For this reason, I believe saying that Farore is Link’s personal spirit is a valid statement.

        Second, I would say I agree with you when it comes to Romans 14 (you can see this in the Skylanders and the Bible Part 1: Idols comment thread). However, while it’s good that the elements you pointed out in Twilight Princess cause you to remember God’s Word (and it’s true that God can use anything), I don’t think that necessarily makes them positive. In fact, I’d say they reinforce the message of the article above.

        According to series lore, the Master Sword was created by the Golden Goddesses to fight evil. This version of the sword carried over into Twilight Princess, where it was blessed by the false gods of the Twilight Realm as well with their Light. As Midna puts it:

        Amazing…The power of the Sols [the Twilight Realm’s versions of a Sun] has been transferred to your sword…The guardian deities of my world are on our side, too!

        So, as you can see, this is still a replacement of God with other deities, and his Word by a false Light/Sword.

        I don’t belittle or judge your playing the Legend of Zelda series, but this is the reason I started Video Games and the Bible–so that Christians could know and consider the moral/biblical content in the games they play and take it to God.

        Thanks again for your respectful addition to our discussion of Video Games and the Bible–I hope to hear from you again in the future!

        Your Brother In Christ,
        Nelson

        • smcrzgi says:

          first, your right, Farore would be classified as a spirit, if she were real. and the triforce of courage is associated with link lots of times, your right. but it is a big leap in logic at that point to assume that becuase in a lot of games link has the triforce of courage, that farore is literally the heroic spirit. question: in wind waker, ganondorf has the triforce of power. does this mean he is supported by din? that can’t be the case, as din, as well as the other “gods” flooded hyrule to stop him. this even becomes more evident when you think about the games where Link gets the entire triforce, or has the whole triforce on his hand not just that of courage, games like skyward sword, the oracle games.adventure of link, and a link to the past. i find it odd that you make that leap. secondly, if the spirit of the hero is to be associated with any of the fictional dieties in zelda, it would probably be hylia, rather than farore.
          also, the master sword was not created by the golden goddessess. you talk alot about skyward sword, but due to that one comment i question if you have played it or even read a wiki page on it.. if your going to discuss zelda lore, i highly suggest you maybe research it a little bit more.

          secondly, i did say that yes i knew the “gods” of the twilight were false. i was not emphasizing lore accept on the point that the mastersword can banish evil. i was more so focusing on the gameplay mechanic. you say that in the game God is replaced by false gods, and i would agree if the games were real life, but they arent. the universe that zelda takes place in is purely fictional. the gods in zelda were never really real and therefore dont actually replace God in anyway. all i was saying was that the fact that in that section of the game, the fact that the mastersword is a light, as well as a tool for banishing evil, has a strong correlation to what the bible says about the word of God. just becuase it was the “gods” of the twilight that did it doesnt phase me. why not? because those gods are not real to begin with, as well as the sword, nor were they meant to be confused as such. their fictional. God can’t be replaced by fictional characters that are obviously supposed to be fictional. for example, in the lord of the rings, gandalf comes back to life. aragon is the one who heals people in the city of minas tirith. frodo is the one who carries the burdan. there are other gods, called the valar. are these characters trying to replace Christ and become a second, false version of christ to decieve the people in their stories? these stories weren’t meant to be allegorical in any sense, according to the author, so is this a replacement of God by false beings? id say no, especially when you consider that the stories were written by a christian. the fact that these elements though seem to emulate christ, would to me, bear evidence that God was still influencing tolkien’s thinking when he wrote his mythology (which is largely based on norse mythology actually). now of course, in the case of zelda, i dont think the creators are christian… and as far as i know, the christianity that was in zelda at first, wasnt very strong, as the japanese understanding of christianity is rather weird to be honest. and the fact is that zelda has taken a more mythological route. i think that, while we should be conscious of what is actually in zelda (which is actually influneces by alot of different religions, mostly japanese spirituality (cant remember its name off hand)), the fact that the stories themselves are clearly meant to be fictional makes them neutral to some degree, and depending on where your values are at, and what your walk with God is like, and what you have agreed to abstain from with God, (again, romans 14 and 15 here, disputable matters) and where your coming from, that will largely influence how you take and understand content in games. personally, i find for myself no reason to assume that the “gods” in twilight giving the mastersword its light is somehow replacing Gods light and his word, because both the gods and the sword are works of fiction. for you that may not necessarily be the case, and im ok with that. and im glad that you seek to point out what types of spirituality may be hidden within the zelda series. thats what the website pluggedin does, and i think its fantastic. (not that im not aware of such content in zelda already as im a fan of the games, but others may not be as knowledgeable). what i find troublesome is that you saw what i wrote about what I saw as being God possibly influencing a gameplay mechanic to point to him, and went and wrote about how that the false”gods” are creating a false light and a false sword that is somehow meant to replace God (even after i wrote that i wasn’t emphasizing the fact that in game it was fictional gods)… well of course their false! its clearly obvious that they are! my point wasnt that the mastersword is the representing the true word of God, in a sort of allegory. obviously this isnt the case as zelda is not an allegory at all to begin with. all i was trying to do was show that while, yes there is negative content in zelda, there is also positive stuff if your looking for it, and only doing so understanding that the world that zelda takes place in is fictional. i just cant see how that replaces God in anyway, when the games (as well as their content) are clearly a work of fiction. we do need to be aware of what is in games before we play them, and make conscious decisions based on that info and on what our thoughts between ourselves and god are on such content on whether we can play them or not, but we also need to be aware of what is fictional and what isnt, and treat them as they are, fictional or not. zelda is purely a fiction, but i think we both can agree the bible is not.

          • Hi smcrzgi, thanks again for taking the time to comment.

            First, I’d like to apologize for my mistake regarding the Master Sword. The Master Sword was actually created by the Goddess Hylia, and DERIVES its power from the Golden Goddesses (seen when The Goddess Sword is transformed into the Master Sword after being purified in the sacred flames of Din, Nayru and Farore).

            As far as the “leap in logic” regarding Farore, Farore is both the part of the Triforce identified with Link (who is the embodiment of the Spirit of the Hero) and a spirit. Thus, I determined Farore is Link’s spirit.

            I totally understand that “the world that zelda takes place in is fictional.” However, the elements I describe in the article above, my previous comment, and The Legend of Zelda and the Bible Part 6 are still symbolic of a replacement of the one true God–whether fictional or not.

            I don’t seek to criticize publisher Nintendo, creator Shigeru Miyamoto, or you as a player of The Legend of Zelda series. Hosea 4:6 says:

            My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

            Do you know what it feels like to be “burned” by a video game? To be so excited for a new release and ultimately find yourself crushed because you encounter an element that is egregious to your faith? I think that is a situation most Christian gamers (myself included) have encountered.

            That is why I operate Video Games and the Bible: to give Biblical information about these fictional universes to those who are interested so they can make an informed decision about what they play with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

            Thanks again for your comment and God Bless!

            Your Friend,
            Nelson

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