Hitman and the Bible Part 1: Agent 47 and The Saints

Hitman Intro (Covers from corresponding Wikipedia articles)

Agent 47 is the genetically enhanced assassin protagonist of the Hitman series.              The series has spanned 12 years, with the newest installment released on November 20, 2012.

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When examining Agent 47 and the Hitman series according to the Bible, it is impossible to ignore the sixth commandment:

Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13)

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.” (James 2:10-11)

And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.” (Isaiah 1:28)

Agent 47’s range of weapons is extremely varied in the series, ranging from the metal golf club and fire poker…:

And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.” (Numbers 35:16)

…to the wooden pool cue and baseball bat:

Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.” (Numbers 35:18)

Often, Agent 47 kills innocent people, sometimes for a reward:

Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.” (Deuteronomy 27:25)

In Hitman: Blood Money, Agent 47 can pay bribes to witnesses and police:

Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.” (Psalm 26:9-10)

These two passages describe 47 remarkably well:

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.” (Psalm 10:4)

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.” (Psalm 10:7-8)

Let’s look at the similarities between Agent 47 and these verses:

  • It said that the wicked “will not seek after God.” Agent 47 decides to leave behind the pursuit of his “god” (symbolized through his rejection of Catholic implements-the rosary beads and crucifix) after the events of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. That also lines up with Isaiah 1:28.
  • It said the wicked’s mouth “is full of cursing.” Agent 47 does in fact use profanity, most notably in a cutscene near the end of Hitman: Blood Money.
  • It said the wicked’s mouth is full of “deceit and fraud.” 47 has used deceit and fraud throughout the entire series.
  • It said that the wicked “sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent.” Agent 47 does this in almost every mission.

According to these verses, we can see that Agent 47 is not an antihero as he is often portrayed, but is in fact wicked according to the Bible.

Thou [God] hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.” (Psalm 9:5)

However, there is something MUCH worse which has emerged in the Hitman series.

In the newest installment (Hitman: Absolution) a level is found called “Attack of the Saints.” “The Saints” mentioned in the title are a group of female assassins. During this mission, Agent 47 slaughters the entire team:

First of all, the way the saints are portrayed is unbiblical, as seen in places such as Ephesians 5:3:

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

The tight, sensual clothing the Saints wear is DEFINITELY going against this verse.

Also, there are several Biblical figures who kill or overcome the saints. The one that is most applicable is the beast found in Revelation 13:

 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:2-8)

The most powerful evidence I can give for Agent 47 being the beast are the quotes:

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them” and “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed.”

  • We’ve already seen that 47 fights and kills the Saints.
  • Agent 47 was seemingly wounded to death when Diana stabs him in the neck with a syringe, injecting a “poison” as she does so. However, he wakes up during his funeral before being cremated and kills everyone present. This lines up with “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed.”

By this, we can see Agent 47 represents the beast in Revelation 13 (his ultimate fate is described in Revelation 19:20).

Although Agent 47 represents the beast, he also has the ability to hang on a cross-much like Jesus Christ-in the guise of a scarecrow:

Agent 47 Hanging on Cross from YouTube-IO Interactive channel

This mixing of the good and evil is described and examined in the article: Halo and the Bible Part 1: The Flood (Gravemind).

Finally:

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)

In contrast:

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm 7:11)

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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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