While flipping through the Internet, I came across Beneath the Tangles, where Anime is seen through a Christian lens.
Japan as a Beautiful Dead End
I admit, this is possible, but I tend not to do so.
I admire Japan as a producer of some high-quality stories like Ghost in the Shell, and a rebuke against Christian peoples who claim to love each other…
Japan actually delivers the goods in times of disaster and sorrow, with everyone pulling together… and without the Satanic looting and madness various supposedly Christian nations indulge in.
…but at the end of the day, it’s a spiritual dead zone. They have made a comfortable pack with death, and — assuming they get through their declining economy, and successfully rise to a 80%+ robotic manufacturing base — they are as unlikely to change course as the Western Europeans.
Love Brings Life, Christ Brings Victory
That being said, the writers of Beneath the Tangles are not as (increasingly) dismissive of Japanese anime as I am. And maybe they should not be: they spend more time in the medium, and put more thought into it.
Love may well open eyes, to see what the uncaring are blind to.
God may place great value on love, depending on the object of affection. I sympathize with North’s pointedly anti-sentimental take on the idea: love is wise, lawful action far more than even more emotional, lawless, humanist gush.
Still. God is not some heartless, merciless, uncaring Thing, like the Buddhist karma. God is not coldly and utterly detached from Creation, never to be understood, as fundamentally irrational and lawless as the Islamic Allah.
The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob feels, loves, hates, grows jealous… repents.
God through Jesus Christ wishes us to understand His desire for righteousness, for justice, for mercy… and as we understand God, to follow and imitate Him.
With Jesus Christ as our First and Highest Model.
Christianity even teaches that God – as shown in the life of Jesus Christ – is courageous.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. — Colossians 1:18
No longer can courage be seen as an aspect of humanity that God can never gain access to. That lie lies busted at our feet, now and forever.
Indeed, God – in the person of Jesus Christ – used the venom of Satan-following, power-worshiping men to gain even MORE Glory, a GREATER Victory, for His Father than was ever imagined.
Jesus Christ, God in the Flesh, learned obedience and was made perfect.
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. — Hebrew 5:8-10
Jesus Christ has indeed won prizes for His Father.
He is our example, He is the trailblazer.
What Christ has done, Christ invites us to do as well.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. — John 14:12
Striving to See Christian Truths in Pagan Japanese Anime.
A submission from Ikkin has a video discussing not only the FFXV’s overt references to Christianity through surface-level elements (like word choice and architecture), but also the underlying web of associations that the game uses to evoke the Passion of Christ in its own climactic act of sacrifice. (Youtube: Christian Symbolism in FFXV)
The Blog was only started in 2014, so maturity has not been gained yet. But if they take Christ seriously; understand that Christ wills all things to be brought into subjection to Him; and commits to improving their mastery of criticism and comprehension from the Divine viewpoint, they may well achieve something notable.
I’ve been having a good ‘ol time with Re:Creators. It’s an eclectic mix of action and comedy and otaku stuff. For those unfamiliar, the premise is that characters from Japanese media are finding themselves sucked into the real world where they are shocked to discover that they are fictional characters. One in particular seems to know more about the goings on, and wants to gather the others for some purpose (a deep and terrible one I assume). Meanwhile, some of the suddenly-living personas are interesting in finding their makers.
As Selesia (a light novel heroine) and Meteora (an RPG NPC) discuss their situation, it becomes clear that they are understanding their creators as gods, individuals with immense power to create and destroy; people who might have the authority to make massive changes in their “stories”; and those worth asking the biggest questions in life.
The idea of “God as author” is a popular one with a lot of benefits for those who want to describe God’s nature and how he interacts with us. I was talking to a friend last week and we discussed the idea of God writing himself into his own story, and how we can understand God a bit through that framework. Unlike the light novel author who runs into Selesia in Re:Creators, though, God has purposely woven himself into our lives.
It’s interesting, seeing younger Christians learning the ropes.
I pray that they will be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, more disciplined and skilled in their chosen field, and more victorious than their parents were.
To be wise, you must be humble, and learn.
To rule, you must serve, and serve well.
To command, you must obey, to the core of your soul.
As Christ led, we must follow.