As gamers, we’re all used to the occasional religious group jumping up and down about the games we enjoy, telling us that they are satanic and corrupting our souls or whatnot. But Minecraft, it would seem, is so good that even evangelical Christians are praising it.
Over at Objective Ministries, Kyle Goldman has penned an, uh, let’s say ‘interesting’ article about what he believes is the true nature of Minecraft:
At first glance the game doesn't appear overtly Christian, but the more you play the more it become apparent that the goal of its creator (a programmer named Notch) was to teach Biblical wisdom.
So that might be pushing it a bit. I have trouble believing that Notch created Minecraft with the intention of converting gamers to Christianity. However, I am all for any player of any game interpreting the game as they see fit, and Goldman does, surprisingly, make one or two interesting observations:
Just like in real life, wandering around Minecraft in the dark is a sure way to fall victim to demons. Again, this conveys Jesus' teachings: "If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him" (John 11:9-10). The demons' fondness for darkness and spontaneously combusting in sunlight are also Biblically founded: "They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof ... For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death" (Job 24:13,17).
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Most interesting (and perhaps the most farfetched) of Goldman’s ideas is that of ‘Minecraft Missionaries’ living nomadic lives on SMP servers, spreading the word of God to secular players. I can’t say I have ever been approached by a missionary on any of the servers I play, but the idea of their existence is fascinating. Have you ever encountered one?
So go over, have a read, and then come back and let us know what you think. Does he make a good point or is he clutching at straws? You might not be enlightened, but you will probably have a good laugh. At the very least, it’s nice to see religion saying something nice about videogames for once.
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(UPDATE: It would seem that I am a fool and this is, in fact, a tongue-in-cheek article. Though, I would argue that that just makes the article even funnier--but now laughing at it isn't rude! In the meantime, if anyone needs me, I'll just be over here.)