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It’s no secret that Subnautica is a popular game but is there more to this game than alien creatures?
Could Subnautica share some allegorical tones with Christianity in our world today? Let’s take a closer look at the game that won PC game of the year for 2018.
Important note: This post contains spoilers
Subnautica is an underwater survival game in which you, the player, have crash landed on an alien planet. The planet is filled with alien sea creatures–some scary and some cute and friendly while others are downright deadly.
In a similar way, the earth we live on is filled with people, some of which are hostile to others, mean and outright murderous. And still many people are genuinely nice, friendly and trustworthy. For a Christian, we know the hostility many face is because of our simple belief and trust in the God of the Bible—namely Jesus Christ.
Within Subnautica a bacterium (known as the Kharaa bacterium) has infected the planet’s inhabitants, alien life, including you the player, and apparently has become part of the ecosystem of the make-believe planet known as Planet 4546B.
In Genesis from the Bible we learn that the day Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, sin entered our world and has infected all of mankind. (Sin in our world is the breaking of God’s law (the Ten Commandments)).
In Subnautica the primary goal’s are to find a cure for the Kharaa bacterium and ultimately leave the planet (since it’s not your real home).
Today, the world needs a cure for sin otherwise they will be facing God on Judgment when they die without their sin fixed and taken care of. To the Christian, earth is not a permanent home because heaven is our ultimate hope.
In Subnautica, the planet’s inhabitants need a savior–someone to rescue it from the doom it is facing. You the player, also need to be rescued.
In real life, we each find ourselves (whether we admit to it or not) in far worse predicament. Since God is holy and perfect He cannot have sin in his presence which means no sinful person can be in His presence without being consumed by His judgment. Sort of like a dry leaf being consumed by fire. And as a good judge must punish a lawbreaker God must deal with our breaking His laws. God being just and righteous means He must punish sin wherever it is found. Ever broke God’s law? Let’s see. Ever lied? Stolen something? Hated someone? God views human hatred as murder. Lusted? Jesus said to look with lust is the same as adultery (see Matthew 5:28). Ever used God’s name as a cuss word? Hitler and Muhammad names are not even hated as much to be used as a cuss word. To use God’s name to express disgust is blasphemy. The point is, we All have sinned by breaking God’s perfect holy law and need someone who hasn’t sinned to save us from judgment in hell.
In the game Subnautica, a rescue attempt is made by the spacecraft Sunbeam. As the Sunbeam descends onto the alien planet it is immediately destroyed, killing all the crew on board.
To me this valiant attempt at rescue by the Sunbeam could be looked as in similar terms as current world religions and people groups who try to persuade people to believe anything but what is true about God, the Bible and Jesus. They come with a message full of a different Jesus or no Jesus at all but the results are the same. Their effort is to deny, suppress or ignore who God really is and the reality of our sinful offense against God Himself.
As there should be in any great game, there is a hope in Subnautica but it has nothing to do with God, Jesus or the Bible. A large sea creature called the Sea Emperor and something known as Enzyme 42 is where you will find this hope. The Sea Emperor is the only source of Enzyme 42 and ends up dying while her young hatch and save the planet (and you). They hold the cure to saving the infected planet.
In real life, God is the only one who can save mankind from coming judgment against sin. God paid the penalty of our breaking His law through Jesus Christ. Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, took the punishment for sin by dying on a cross. While we cannot fully understand God’s sacrifice for our sin or what He went through and the love He has for us (since He’s God and we’re not) we do know he rose again after three days. Jesus’ in completing the payment for sin was raised from the grave which ultimately demonstrated His love for all who believe in Him. So Jesus defeated death (punishment in hell), sin and judgment for all who repent and trust in Him. Do you know where you are going after you die?
He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. (Isaiah 53:3-6)
Jesus made some very relevant statements concerning the hatred of His followers (also called Christians) a long time ago. In the book of John from the Bible Jesus stated these words to His disciples, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (see John 15:19) In verse 18, we read that Jesus made it clear that He would be the object of this hatred before it would come to Christians. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
The Bible also makes it clear that any hostility Christians face is actually aimed at God Himself. If you don’t believe that, all one needs to do is take a look at the Ten Commandments. Looking at just a few of the commandments, ask yourself if you have ever lied, used God’s name as a cuss word, lusted (Jesus said that is committing adultery in the heart – see Matthew 5:27,28). had hateful thoughts toward a brother, or failed to put God first? If so, then we are seen from God’s perspective as breaking His perfect, holy law. Take a moment to think about what this means. Perhaps you find or have found yourself getting enraged at God. Any anger or lack of humility we have toward God is the hostility we have by nature toward Him. But our mind and flesh filled desires are to naturally desire to do evil and break God’s law.
“…the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” see Romans 8:7,8
We all by nature deserve the judgment of God because we have broken God’s law. We have all committed crimes against God who cannot have sin in His presence. (Sin is the breaking of God’s perfect law and we are guilty of that as seen in the good person test. ) The question we all need to ask is what can be done, if anything, to remedy our relationship with God? If God judges us who are deserving of Hell because we have sinned against Him, is that the end of us or is there a way of escape?
“It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27
For anyone sensitive to finding out the answer to this they will find it. You may be surprised or not but the answer has nothing to do with good deeds we do or don’t do. It has nothing to do with what sacrifice we can or cannot make for God either. We cannot earn back a right relationship with God. In fact, the answer really has nothing to do with us at all but Him. And the answer will not be because one joined the right church, or became a better person or found Religion. There is no religion that has the answer for how to escape God’s judgment and restore a right relationship with Him because the answer is found only in God in the Bible. God Himself is the only one who can provide a way of escape from His judgment. Because His love is so great for us, He did that Himself 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the perfect, holy sacrifice who paid the penalty for us breaking His own law.
“now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” Hebrews 9:26
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Jesus Christ is the answer for all humankind to be saved from coming judgment against sin. Satan (God’s arch-enemy) knows it and hates it. Therefore he hates true Christians (followers of Jesus) because he hated God first. More about this in a later post. But there is hope because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice and payment, satisfying the great wrath that God has against sin.
“Therefore He [Jesus] is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” see Romans 8:9-10
What is sin? You might say it’s doing something bad. However what “bad” might mean to me probably will not be the same for someone with a different worldview. The statement of sin just meaning something “bad” is too broad to pin down a meaning in practical terms. But if we can sight specifics about what sin “looks like” and what it is outside of any human standard, there can be no debate. For this we must look to a power greater than ourselves, namely God.
So what is sin then? Simple put, sin is transgression or the breaking of God’s Moral Law.
The Ten Commandments is the standard God uses to define what is evil (or bad). It’s not a standard made any human how has imperfections and is fallible. God’s standard for right and wrong is perfect because God is perfect.
Here’s a quick sample of the “test” God will use to measure the worthiness to enter His presence. How will you do? (Remember God requires perfection to enter His Kingdom. More on this later)
Always put God first in your life? (1st, 2nd commandments)
Ever lied? (9th commandment)
Stolen something? (8th commandment)
Hated someone? God views human hatred as murder. (6th commandment)
Lusted? Jesus said to look with lust is the same as adultery (see Matthew 5:28). (7th commandment)
Ever used God’s name as a cuss word? Hitler’s and Muhammad’s names are not even hated as much to be used as a cuss word. To use God’s name to express disgust is blasphemy. (3rd commandment)
Before I get back to sin and God’s standard, let’s switch gears for a moment. It’s probable you have heard much or at least some about God’s love or that Jesus loves you. You probably have seen the bumpers stickers, shirts, signs, posters, and more with the words God loves you! But have you ever wondered what that really means and what that actually looks like practically speaking? We know love can mean different things to different people and especially in a “anything is acceptable” mentality in today’s world becoming increasingly more popular. For some, love might mean something unnatural, non-traditional or both—think gay marriage. Perhaps love to you is that great care and concern you have for your child or a friend or parent. Maybe it’s plain old romantic love, that comes to mind.
But what about the love of God. Once again we must go outside ourselves and seek the source of love—God Himself.
For this we must see who God is.
I mentioned earlier that sin is when we break the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments aren’t the sin, it’s the breaking of them. Lying for example. Adultery, Murder. Not loving God and putting Him first in our life. A quick look at The Good Person Test shows we have all broken God’s moral law.
God, because He is so holy and perfect, cannot have sin in His presence. He therefore, because of His very nature or essence being that of holiness, must punish all lawbreakers. Hell exists for lawbreakers/sinners by the way.
And yet God did something beyond human love, even when we all deserve eternal death (also known as judgment in hell).
God made a way of escape from this judgment. The Creator of the Universe namely Jesus Christ paid the penalty as the perfect sinless sacrifice for us breaking His moral law. He did this by dying willing for our sins on a cross and taking the full punishment and anger by God put on Himself. Because God hates sin so much, the Bible states that Jesus was crushed for our iniquity/sins. And then Jesus, because He is God, was raised up from grave after three days proving His earlier claims to be God and defeating eternal death.
The Bible states it like this,
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [acceptable payment or sacrifice] for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
The kind of love which God shows us is as the perfect sinless sacrifice He is ultimately the only salvation for those who repent and put their trust in Him as the Savior.
It’s important to clarify that only two options exist for humanity. After we die physically each person will enter either eternal life or eternal death. God in His mercy has lovingly granted us a choice even when what we all should be getting what we deserve—eternal death (judgment in Hell).
“When the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7)
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With iOS update 12.1 this Do Not Disturb notification bug may have been fixed! Check it out!
A great feature already present on the iPhone and iPad with iOS 11 has been Do Not Disturb. And in iOS 12, DND gets improved with additional scheduling modes. These modes are especially useful if want to use Do Not Disturb temporarily—for an hour meeting as example. Do Not Disturb itself is all well and dandy except for the notification about itself that reappears on the lock screen whenever DND is enabled.
In iOS 12, when Do Not Disturb is on/enabled, a notification will remind the user it is enabled, over and over again….endlessly. In fact, as long is Do Not Disturb is in use, this notification apparently can’t be removed which I find extremely annoying for a modern phone. I have tried for the past month and half to find a way to remove it and yet it still reappears only to clutter up the lock screen getting in the way of real notifications. When I find a way to permanently remove the DND notification this post will be surely updated.
So what are your thoughts about the recent iOS 12 release, and specifically the reoccurring DND notification? Please comment below.
image source – my iphone screenshot
USA.Life and 1776Free seek to be the solution to Google, Facebook and Twitter’s Christian/Conservative worldview suppression problem
Christians and Conservatives alike already know they are strongly disliked and in many cases it’s raw hatred. In fact, Jesus Himself said many would hate us because they hated Him first (John 15:18). And online the story is no different. Many of us have experienced first-hand, the suppression and/or censorship of our worldview by people who want nothing to do with the God of the Bible. Just ask Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Ray Comfort, Ken Ham, Donald Trump, Sarah Sanders, Dennis Prager, Ben Carson, Herman Cain and many hundreds of other prominent Christians and Conservatives how they are treated by those on the Left. In fact, Jesus Christ, who is the Savior of the world, was spit on, whipped and murdered because he spoke about something people didn’t want to hear but needed to. Today the name of Jesus is so hated, that not even Hitler or Muhammad’s names are hated as much to be used as cuss words to express disgust. (For more about this check out the Good Person Test)
Enter Google, Facebook and Twitter. The big three, as I call them of the social media world are no different how they treat those with a biblical and conservative worldview. Doing a typical search on Google, I personally have seen how the name Donald Trump will bring up a myriad of anti-Trump related links. In fact, links from liberal media outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and others generally get priority on Google over Christian or Conservative news outlets. In a similar way, a search using the name Ray Comfort will bring up a host of atheistic related sites, many of which bash him or his ministry. And many sites that generally paint Mr. Comfort in an unfavorable light also get priority in the Google hit list. See the Crazy Bible movie
And yet, in the world of social media there still might be hope for those of us who fear God. A new social media networking site called USA.Life will allow Christians, Conservatives and any person who loves Freedom the ability to share with others their like-minded love of God, Country and America. To support this effort please visit USA.Life where they are currently seeking donations through it’s crowd-funding campaign.
A safe alternative to Google, 1776free will be a family and America friendly search engine that will not suppress searches relating favorably to Jesus, God and Conservatives who share a Biblical worldview.
I had not heard of 1776Free or USA.Life until I found it through an advertisement on WND.com. In order have the best chance at succeeding, especially while in the initial stages of development, I believe it will take high profile Conservatives and Christians to financially support and get the word out about this family friendly and Biblical faith friendly social media alternative.
Let me know your thoughts about having a site that is able to counter Google, Facebook and Twitter!
Disclaimer: TinkerXperience blog has not been endorsed nor is it currently affiliated with USA.Life or 1776Free
First, I voted for Ted Cruz in the 2016 Presidential election and I don’t hate Donald Trump. Having got that out-of-the-way we can begin.
The definition of a bully as posted by Google is:
|synonyms:||persecute, oppress, tyrannize, browbeat, harass, torment, intimidate, strong-arm, dominate;|
The following story is directly from CNN’s own website.
Now let’s cut to the chase. Perhaps CNN, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and others should take some of their own advice. CNN specifically fits the definition of a bully in their use of tactics against specific worldviews and groups of people. They have power and control and they know it. This is why organizations like CNN and Google are so dangerous to the rest of us.
Is it not true that CNN and most media outlets have been using their medium in the attempt at persuading people to think like them? Since the election of 2016 when their candidate lost (Hillary Clinton) we have seen nothing but an onslaught of slanderous attacks against the current President of the United States and his supporters. (Conversely we saw much praise, glee and swooning when Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton were president.) The two years have been nothing but the liberal media among others trying to take Trump and Republicans out–even if it means murder.
For example, we have all seen the manufactured Russia stories (aka fake news) that they had hoped (and still hope) would paint Mr. Trump in a negative light. When that didn’t pan out they didn’t stop. They didn’t speak out against the attempted murder of a Republican in the Senate. They didn’t speak against the Kathy Griffin-Trump escapade, did they? We have not seen many stories, if any about Hillary, Obama and their pre-election ties to Russia. Where are the CNN news stories about Barrack Obama trying to influence the election in Israel against Benjamin Netanyahu? Where is CNN’s outrage about Hillary Clinton and the murder in Benghazi? Is it okay to shred thousands of emails for a cover up? Apparently when it’s convenient. How about lying? Loretta Lynch? The Chicago murder rate increase under Obama? Where are CNN’s stack of stories against the tolerance of killing police officers regardless of their skin color? Does CNN show disgust breaking God’s law?
What we do see from CNN and other outlets is the silence of or blatant denial of truth. We have seen their attacks against Conservatives (just ask Sean Hannity) and people who actually care what God thinks.
Where are the articles from CNN and Yahoo news about why stopping illegal immigration is the right thing to do? As America faces an invasion from the south, Democrats and their minions in the media stay silent. Perhaps these media front groups actually support illegal immigration? Of course they do. These people represent their only way to gain power with votes. Democrats are willing to give up our country as was founded by God fearing men and women for anti God dictatorship including sharia law because it’s who they are. They think your stupid and hope you won’t notice. Previous American presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders come to mind. Wait. Why does CNN and media outlets even have a candidate? People can’t hide, they all support someone. Our worldviews dictate it.
So as we’ve seen, intimidation is the go-to weapon of choice for large left leaning media front groups like CNN. But these tactics of bullying and persuading through intimidation go far beyond Donald Trump and his supporters. We especially see it used against people who claim to love the God of the Bible. These tactics are used against all true conservative, the supporters of Donald Trump and overall the promoters of righteousness.
We see hatred for God-fearing people everyday. Now how one reacts is a great indicator of ones worldview or belief system. How they react and respond to people like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz, Mark Levin, Newt Gingrich, Jesus Christ, Ray Comfort, Kelly Ann Conway, Herman Cain, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and of course Donald Trump says all we need to know about this media face.
Why does CNN dislike us? Why does Hollywood hate us? Is it because we mistreat women? Is it because Trump hates women? If that were true than we should see CNN on the cutting edge in it’s telling of the truth about the treatment of women within the religion of peace. How about in Hollywood? Does CNN defend Hollywood’s vulgarities against women, Christians and God commonly found in movies and on TV? Or does CNN and other media outlets look the other way and ignore it along with the lawlessness of the past administration? If CNN, Google, MSNBC, Yahoo News and other left promoting outlets truly cared about women and their well-being why would support and defend Bill Clinton? If CNN and others truly supported women, they would always promote women who believe in a strong family bond. They would promoted Biblical values which defend human life as not just something to be taken lightly. They would not support any idea or group that tears apart lives or brings immorality to its viewers.
If CNN and groups like it were in the business of reporting truth we should see story after story about the real Muhammad. I dare CNN, Google, Yahoo news report about the real Islam as followed by Muhammad himself. How about the persecution of Christians and others around the world? In case you didn’t know Christians are the number one persecuted group in the world. Will CNN and others report about who Jesus really is? About why He was murdered? Will anybody with a mainstream voice?
Finally, due to the worldview of those involved, I believe these media outlets are bullies with the sole intention of persuading people against the one true God. Jesus said some people will hate His followers because they hated Him first. (see John 15:18, Matt. 10:22) These media bully outlets use their intolerant tactics against anyone who tries to speak the truth about the abuse and murder of Christians and others. CNN could instead use their voice to persuade and show people the gruesome truth of abortion.
So do the people who make big decisions at CNN, Google, Yahoo News, Twitter, Facebook and other media vents love God or do they love their god? This is a great question for us all.