Call of Duty and the Bible Part 1: Weaponry

Call of Duty Intro*Please read Call of Duty and the Bible Part 2: Blueprint of the End before continuing.

In Genesis 3:5  Satan tempted Eve with a concept that has deceived and destroyed humans since Eden-“ye shall be as gods.” This concept has been forwarded by the Call of Duty series in a surprising way-it’s weapons.

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*Note: Weapon images come from Call of Duty Wiki unless otherwise noted.
 

The Thundergun shoots a highly damaging blast of air:

Thundergun from CoD Wiki

Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;” (Jeremiah 51:1)

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.” (Ezekiel 13:13)

For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.” (Amos 4:13)

The Wunderwaffe DG-2 (also known as the Lightning Bolt):

CoD Wunderwaffe from CoD Wiki

[Talking to God]“Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.” (Psalm 144:6)

The Lord thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice. And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.” (2 Samuel 22:14-15)

[God speaking] “Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?” (Job 38:35)

The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.” (Psalm 18:13-14)

Winter’s Howl and Winter’s Fury:

Winter's Howl from CoD Wiki

He [God] casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?” (Psalm 147:17)

He [God] destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.” (Psalm 78:47)

He [God] giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.” (Psalm 147:16)

The V-R11 and V-R11 Lazarus turn zombies (dead humans) back into humans, bringing them back to life:

V-R11 composite from CoD Wiki

Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.” (John 11:14)

Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.” (John 11:21-23)

Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” (John 11:24-27)

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:41-44)

Players resurrect humans just like Jesus did in this chapter. The V-R11, lines up with the Bible numerically as well, since the story of Lazarus is found in John chapter 11.

The 31-79 JGb215 shrinks zombies. In the Bible, there are several times that something is beat small, or something being small, but only two instances where something is made small-and God is the one who does it:

31-79 JGb215 from CoD Wiki

For, lo, I [God] will make thee small among the heathen, and despised among men.

Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 49:15-16)

Behold, I [God] have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.

The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?” (Obadiah 1:2-3)

War Machine:

War Machine from CoD Wiki

My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.” (Psalm 120:6-7)

Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.” (Psalm 68:30)

Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.” (Psalm 140:1-2)

When using the Death Machine in the Black Ops mission Vortuka, the objective for the player was “Wield a fist of iron:”

Death Machine First-Person from CoD Wiki

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)

He [the wicked] hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.” (Psalm 7:13)

But he that sinneth against me [Wisdom] wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:36)

M.O.A.B (also called Mother Of All Bombs) sounds a bit familiar…:

M.O.A.B. Symbol from CoD Wiki

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:5)

How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” (Revelation 18:7-8)

Also, God declares judgement on Moab several times in the Bible. A few passages:

Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities, and his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter, saith the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

The calamity of Moab is near to come, and his affliction hasteth fast. All ye that are about him, bemoan him; and all ye that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod!” (Jeremiah 48:15-17)

The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, saith the Lord. Make ye him drunken: for he magnified himself against the Lord: Moab also shall wallow in his vomit, and he also shall be in derision.” (Jeremiah 48:25-26)

From the verses and examples above, we can see that several weapons in the Call of Duty series not only personify “ye shall be as gods,” but contain unbiblical and evil concepts.

A final verse:

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” (3 John 1:11)

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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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