Tomb Raider (2013) and the Bible Part 5: Non-Believer

Tomb Raider 2013 Intro

*Note: images below come from YouTube.

*interconnected verses and quotations will be highlighted in the same color.

In Part 1: Himiko, we examined the god of the Solarii Brotherhood. In Part 2: Father Mathias, we looked at the beliefs of Father Mathias, and the founding of the Solarii. In Part 3: The Solarii, we did an in-depth examination of the Solarii themselves. In Part 4: Another Spirit, we saw how all of the previous articles are tied with Another Spirit.        

In Part 5, we will encounter an interesting challenge given to the player…

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In several places, we see Himiko in poses that are similar to common depictions of Jesus Christ (particularly in Catholic iconography).

Himiko statue in jesus-like pose from YouTube

Notice the outstretched arms, upturned palms, halo encircling the head and beams emanating from it.

Jesus-like Himiko painting

Notice the slightly bent head, outstretched arms, upturned palms, halo encircling the head and beams emanating from it.

Additionally, there is a challenge titled “Non-Believer.” To complete it, you must burn posters depicting Himiko in the same poses seen above.

Non-Believer poster of Himiko from YouTube

The poster itself.

Himiko picture burning from YouTube

The poster being burned by the player.

He that believeth on him [Jesus] is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18)

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” (Jude 1:5)

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized [by the Holy Spirit] shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:15-16)

Completing this challenge gives you experience points to upgrade your character, along with progression towards an achievement (and/or trophy depending on what system you are using).

The defacing of images like those representative of Jesus Christ is clearly rewarded.
As a result, the player is “honored” with the title of Non-Believer.

*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

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One Response to Tomb Raider (2013) and the Bible Part 5: Non-Believer

  1. seulgi says:

    But what’s in the game was obviously an idolatry. Himiko is an idol.

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