Assassin’s Creed and the Bible Part 1: Portrayal

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

Did you know that there are Biblical characters in the Assassin’s Creed franchise? For the first part of our Assassin’s Creed (AC) series we will be examining how these portrayals line up with the Bible itself.

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JESUS CHRIST:

The first and most important portrayal is of Jesus Christ.

AC2 Glyph #7 Jesus Christ from YouTube-CJake3 channelAssassin’s Creed alleges that the miracles of Jesus were performed using the power of the Shroud of Eden. Instead of being God in the flesh, he is depicted as a mere man in possession of a magical artifact (among others).

AC 2 Glyph #7 Holders of the Shroud of Eden from Youtube-CJake3 channel (1)

This Glyph puzzle has the player identify those who have worn the Shroud of Eden. As you’ll soon see, Jesus is featured here TWICE. Notice the quote: “First plucked from a tree guarded by a snake, it’s powers perform miracles.

AC 2 Glyph #7 Holders of the Shroud of Eden from Youtube-CJake3 channel (2)

The biblical Joseph, at one point second-in-command over all of Egypt.

AC 2 Glyph #7 Holders of the Shroud of Eden from Youtube-CJake3 channel (3)

The mythological Jason, leader of the Argonauts.

AC 2 Glyph #7 Holders of the Shroud of Eden from Youtube-CJake3 channel (4)

Jesus Christ with his apostles.

AC 2 Glyph #7 Holders of the Shroud of Eden from Youtube-CJake3 channel (5)

The biblical David (King of Israel and ancestor of Jesus Christ) cutting off Goliath’s head.

AC 2 Glyph #7 Holders of the Shroud of Eden from Youtube-CJake3 channel (6)

Jesus Christ before his crucifixion.

In contrast to this idea, the Bible states that Jesus is both Christ and God in the flesh:

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17)

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him [and yet AC states that the SHROUD’S power works the miracles].” (John 3:1-2)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 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.“ (Philippians 2:5-8)

So what spirit is behind Assassin’s Creed?:

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” (1 John 2:22-23)

Before the birth of Jesus, the Assassins tried to bring Brutus (of Julius Caesar fame) back to life using the Shroud of Eden and failed. A partial transcript: “Whatever power lies within this artifact, it has not returned our Brother to us. We close his eyes again. There is no sign that he had ever moved. Some of us weep. It is a second death.Revelation 21:7-8:

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

AC’s assertion that the Shroud has no power to resurrect (Confirmed on the wiki: “Despite the rumors of its abilities to do so, it [the Shroud] could not be used to bring a being back to life.“) links it to Matthew 28:11-15:

 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they [the Pharisees] gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Assassin’s Creed is spreading the same lie about Jesus Christ as the Pharisees did: that Jesus did not rise from the dead, but was instead stolen by his disciples. How?

When AC declares that the Shroud is the only source of Jesus’ power, yet cannot raise the dead…That implies Jesus was ALSO NOT raised from the dead. How else could his body have disappeared, except it was stolen by his disciples?

AC says that the Templars, under the guise of the Roman Empire, killed Jesus simply to take the Shroud.

AC2 Glyph #7 Jesus and Templar Cross from YouTube-Kainzorus Prime channel (1)

Notice the Templar Cross over Jesus’ head.

AC2 Glyph #7 Jesus and Templar Cross from YouTube-Kainzorus Prime channel (2)

Notice the Templar Cross over Jesus’ head.

AC2 Glyph #7 Jesus and Templar Cross from YouTube-Kainzorus Prime channel (3)

Notice the Templar Cross over Jesus’ head.

The message shown when examining this picture of Jesus on the cross is “They took it.” By “it,” AC meant both the Shroud and his life.

AC2 Glyph #7 Jesus 'They took it.' YouTube-Kainzorus Prime channel (1) AC2 Glyph #7 Jesus 'They took it.' YouTube-Kainzorus Prime channel (2)Look at what Jesus says in John 10:17-18:

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

In Assassin’s Creed 2, Glyph puzzle #7, Desmond (the main character) gets this message: “Keep on seeking, and you will find.

AC2 'Keep on seeking, and you will find' from YouTube-CJake3 channelTurn to Jeremiah 29:13:

And ye shall seek me [God], and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Rather than seeking God, Desmond is seeking an alternate “truth.”

Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.” (Hosea 4:1)

Remember the Assassins Creed? “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.” In John 17:17 it also says: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

At the end of Desmond’s seeking in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, he finds Subject 16. Among other things, Subject 16 tells him: “I am with you until the end.

AC Brotherhood Subject 16 Dialog and Free-Fall from YouTube-aPuReZee channel (1)Jesus said something very similar over 2000 years ago in Matthew 28:20:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Subject 16 also told Desmond to “Find me in the darkness.

AC Brotherhood Subject 16 Dialog and Free-Fall from YouTube-aPuReZee channel (2)Jesus said this in John 8:12:

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Isn’t it interesting that immediately after this encounter with Subject 16, we see Desmond in free-fall?:

Desmond (the main character) in free-fall.

Desmond in free-fall.

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!” (Isaiah 14:12)

MOSES:

Assassin’s Creed claims that Moses used a Staff of Eden to free the Israelites from Egyptian rule. They say that he used the Staff’s powers of mind control and creation of illusions to “part” the Red Sea. According to Exodus 4:2-4, Exodus 14:15-16 and Exodus 14:15-22, God freed the Israelites using Moses and an ordinary rod:

And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:” (Exodus 4:2-4)

And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” (Exodus 14:15-16)

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.” (Exodus 14:21-22)

JOHN THE BAPTIST:

Assassin’s Creed further claims that John the Baptist used a Staff of Eden to start his ministry. In John 1:6-8, the Bible says that God sent John:

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

PETER:

AC says that the apostle Peter also used a Staff of Eden, this time to become the first leader of the Christian Church. If we go to Matthew 16:18 we see that Jesus says something different:

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

CAIN AND ABEL:

In Assassin’s Creed 2, Glyph puzzle #6 revolves around Cain and Abel. AC uses quotes in this puzzle from “Pearl of Great Price,” written by Mormonism founder Joseph Smith. This book is another gospel, Galatians 1:8:

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

According to AC series lore, Cain killed Abel in order to get one of the Apples of Eden. Here is the real reason Cain killed his brother, straight from the Bible:

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” (1 John 3:11-12)

The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.” (Psalm 37:32)

CONCLUSION:

The Assassin’s Creed series has the exact elements of 2 Corinthians 11:4:

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.

We have another Jesus in the form of Subject 16, another gospel in AC’s skewing of biblical people and events, and another spirit: the spirit of antichrist.

This erroneous interpretation of the Bible and biblical characters creates both confusion and doubt. In 1 Corinthians 14:33 it states that God is not the author of confusion.

What will you do with what you have learned? According to Romans 14:11-12, every one of us, including you and I, is going to give an account before God. The question is, are you ready?

*Do you want to be saved?

*Do you want to make sure that you are saved?

*More articles about video games and the Bible.

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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One Response to Assassin’s Creed and the Bible Part 1: Portrayal

  1. Omar says:

    “Inspired by historical events and characters. This is a work of fiction, designed and produced by a multicultural team of various religious faiths and beliefs.”

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