A new video game allows takes players through the life of Jesus Christ, allowing them to walk in His shoes, re-creating many of His most famous moments from the Bible – but is this well-intentioned videogame actually sending the right message?
With all the violent video games on the market, at first it might seem refreshing that a new videogame called “I am Jesus Christ” takes players through events in the New Testament of the Bible concerning the life of Jesus Christ.
While the game does have good intentions, it does miss the mark in a few areas as will be demonstrated below.
An excerpt on the website from the company developing the game “I am Jesus Christ,” states:
“Become Jesus Christ, the famous man on Earth—in this highly realistic simulation game. Pray like Him for getting superpower, perform famous miracles like Him from Bible like casting demons, healing and feeding people, resurrection and more in “I am Jesus Christ.” … Game is covering the period from Baptizing of Jesus Christ and to Resurrection. Have you ever wondered to be like Him—one of the most privileged and powerful people in the world.”
However, we must take issue with a couple of points in the word choice used by the company in this blurb.
The first issue is with the phrase “one of the most privileged…people in the world.”
First, Jesus Christ was not “privileged.” In fact, he lived a life of poverty.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
– 2 Corinthians 8:9
Jesus purposely stripped himself of all the divine and lived as the lowliest of humans.
“But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”
– Philippians 2:7
Even though Jesus was divine, he took the form of a servant (or slave). He came to earth and lowered his self, stripping himself of all privilege, and living humbly, literally as a servant.
“And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
– Philippians 2:7
Secondly, Jesus Christ was not “one of the most…powerful people in the world.” Jesus was the most powerful person to ever walk the earth.
Jesus Christ is God incarnate. As part of the Trinity of God the father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Spirit, Jesus is the most powerful entity – above all creation.
The point here is that words matter. And this blurb contains some poor word choices that are contradictory to scriptures. Accuracy also matters.
One would think that by familiarizing players with the events of the Bible, it would help make them more Christ-like. After all, the gameplay has you walking through the shoes of Jesus Christ.
However, walking on water, performing miracles, healing people, and casting out demons are all noteworthy events, but are those that mainly indicate the divinity of Jesus.
These events in themselves are not the message of the Gospels. Doing these things does not make one Christ.
However, the game does have a couple of noteworthy moments. For example, one could learn humility in the act of washing the feet of the disciples.
One could learn about resisting the temptation of Satan as the game re-creates the temptation of Christ in the desert – although the game probably isn’t going to have you sitting there for forty days to achieve an absolute accurate recreation.
Jesus taught us how to be like Him.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Being like Christ starts in your heart and in your mind. It is in your mental attitude. It is in your actions.
The apostle Paul taught:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Jesus gave us a simple explanation for recognizing those who are truly his Christian disciples.
“Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
– Matthew 7:20
If someone is a Christian, they will speak, think and act like one. Their connection with Christ will be unmistakable.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”