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Easter Message 2024 + Eternal Eden

The following blog post carries the personal thoughts of Elder Prince, founder of Blossomsoft Games.

This Easter, I wanted to share a message, kind of like an FAQ, with some insights from the perspective of my game Eternal Eden.

P.S. I didn’t have time to include a plethora of verses. Easter is today, and it took me several hours to get this blog post up on time. I might update my article later during the month with verses in the foot section—I’ll keep you posted in a comment later on.

About me

I’m not a religious person. I’ve rarely been to a local church, mostly for special occasions like weddings and funerals. I read the Bible, but I won’t hesitate to pick up a Stephen King book if I feel like it. And speaking of dark themes, they’ve always fascinated me—as a writer, I’m drawn to stories that aren’t afraid to explore the gritty side of life, and I don’t mind a bit of rough language if it adds to the realism. When I’m not buried in books, you’ll often find me glued to the screen, indulging in all kinds of movies and Japanese anime. And let’s talk gaming—it’s a huge part of my world. Whether it’s unleashing a brutal ‘Finish Him’ move in Mortal Kombat or immersing myself in the heart-pounding terror of Resident Evil 7 and 8 on PlayStation VR, I thrive on those adrenaline-fueled moments. One of my absolute favorites has to be The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners on PSVR2. Yeah, it’s got its fair share of intense violence—severing zombie heads and facing off against human adversaries—but for me, it’s the ultimate gaming experience.

To put it plainly, I’m not one to approach my faith with a rigid, holier-than-thou attitude, and I certainly won’t pass judgment on anyone else’s behaviors or beliefs. You won’t catch me delivering sermons or preaching from a high horse. My aim is simply to share the Good News—not as a set of strict religious rules, but as an invitation to understanding the Truth.

Eternal Eden, Bible-Inspired

If you classified Eternal Eden as one of your favorites games, then you should know something: my inspiration for creating the game came from scriptures. If you ever hoped that Downey could be saved from his prison, then only the Good News will save him–even if he’s just a fictional character.

The Good News is simple, easy and 100% free

So, what exactly is this Good News? The heart of it lies in Jesus, who, as God in human form, lived a flawless life, fulfilling every requirement of the law on our behalf because we couldn’t do it ourselves. Then, he willingly became the ultimate sacrifice, shedding his precious blood on the cross to pay the price for all our sins—past, present, and future. Three days later, he rose from the dead, securing our justification (declaring us not guilty), our sanctification (declaring us saints), and the promise of eternal life. But here’s the best part: the moment we believe what Jesus did for us, we’re born-again, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and saved for eternity.

It’s a straightforward message, really. Even the apostle Paul, who received direct revelations from the glorified Jesus himself, hammered home the same point: salvation is a free gift, not something we earn through our own efforts. Our actions, whether good or bad, don’t factor into the equation. It’s solely what Jesus accomplished that assures each of us a place in heaven. We are saved by grace through faith. Grace means we earned something we don’t actually deserve, thus we receive freely.

Belief, the ultimate key

Why is “belief” such a crucial concept? It’s not just a casual word—it holds immense significance.

Consider this: we’re all under a kind of cosmic spell, if you will. This notion also lies at the core of my game, Eternal Eden. Within its narrative, Noah finds himself ensnared in a spiritual trap woven by the Snake of Persuasion. His salvation hinges on breaking free from this trance-like state that keep him and his friends stained by sin.

The Matrix?

The Bible unequivocally states that we inhabit the devil’s evil world, not God’s. As an analogy, it’s not too far-fetched to liken our existence to a simulation, akin to the world portrayed in the movie The Matrix. Except, the movie The Matrix don’t give the real key for salvation. God created the world, but the devil fashioned a counterfeit version of our reality, and our souls find themselves ensnared within this false construct. So ‘believing’ is what break the curse.

The Snake of Persuasion

Here’s the thing: the devil pulled a fast one on Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis, convincing them to take a bite from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. And the moment they did, just like God had warned, things went south. It wasn’t an instant physical death, mind you, but something deeper—their spirits took a hit. And yeah, their bodies were in for a rough ride too.

Before all that drama with the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve were just chilling, without giving a second thought to their nakedness or anything else. God never laid a guilt trip on them. But once they took that bite, everything changed. Their spirits got twisted, they began to feel guilt and they began to throw accusations and they no longer felt comfortable with God’s presence. Even the world around them underwent changes too—scientists aren’t wrong with all that thermodynamics stuff, because that’s how the devil hacked this world. God had to slam the gates of Eden shut tight to keep sin out, and from then on, Adam and Eve were stuck in the devil’s playground; and so we are.

Yet, God didn’t bail on them, or us, for that matter. He made the following promise in Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This verse is later detailed in Isaiah chapter 53, which is the first prophecy of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

God is Good, not Evil

Here’s the bottom line: God is ‘Good’ and that’s it.

Unlike the devil, who’s a combo of ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’, God is solely ‘Good’. See, God doesn’t fit into those yin-yang or karma ideas. And those religions all about rules and rituals? Yeah, those are part of the devil’s game plan under that pesky Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, even including the Jew laws from the Old Testament. Not everyone will this part, but it’s why a lot of Christian groups get stuck in a mindset where you gotta earn your way to heaven to stay saved, instead of trusting in Jesus’ sacrifice for forgiveness.

Though the devil intended the law to condemn us, God repurposed it for a positive end, using it as a schoolmaster to bring us to Jesus Christ. Anyone attempting to abide to the law should realize it’s impossible and that we’re already condemned by it. It’s explained by apostle Paul.

Let’s set the record straight: God wasn’t the mastermind behind the whole animal sacrifice and blood payment system. That was all the devil’s handiwork, spreading like wildfire across different cultures. Even the Romans and Greeks were caught up in the practice of animal sacrifices.

Having said that, God gave His stamp of approval to one kind of sacrifice and rituals—the ones paving the path for the Good News.

Abel understood it when he offered an animal to God—he trusted in God’s promise, believing in the early revelation of the Good News. But Cain? He wasn’t having it. He thought he could earn his way through hard work as his main offering and ended up killing his brother out of envy. Sound familiar? It’s like how the Pharisees couldn’t stand the simplicity of the Good News and ended up putting Jesus to death. Law-abiding persons are often the most dangerous ones.

Recognizing that humanity wouldn’t let go of their ingrained beliefs in animal or human sacrifices, God provided meticulous instructions to a select bloodline of people (Israel), foreseeing the need for precise prophecies in their sacrifices. Of course, the animals were eaten, much like our modern-day grilled burgers on charcoal, which Apostle Paul encourages us to partake in with thanksgiving.

Way back in Genesis, God hinted that He’d be the ultimate blood payment for all our mess-ups, so the devil couldn’t hold them against us anymore. Not only does God care for us, but He also cares for animals too, as declared by the apostles after Jesus’ sacrifice, making it clear that animal sacrifices are totally unnecessary.

God’s Spirit and The devil’s spirit

Jesus made it clear: if we want a shot at heaven, we have to be born-again. It’s not our physical body who’s born-again, but our spirit.

You see, when Adam and Eve bought into the snake’s lies, their spirits took a nosedive, swapping out God’s spirit for the devil’s. And guess what? Every one of us born after them inherited the devil’s spirit too. The devil’s spirit is like wearing a filthy rag that just keeps getting dirtier with every sin we commit. Try as we might, there’s no scrubbing it clean. The devil handed us this rag through deceit, leading us to believe that good deeds can cancel out the bad ones. So, we end up tangled in work-based religions, sects, or ideologies, only to find ourselves condemned—exactly what the devil wants.

But here’s the good twist: when we’re born again, it’s like trading in that soiled rag for a pristine robe, a gift straight from God, given out of love, not trickery. This new spirit? It’s totally stain-resistant, unaffected by the constant mess-ups of our flesh and this world. With this robe, heaven’s doors swing wide open, regardless of how badly we’ve stumbled in our earthly lives, because God’s spirit is pure and sealed within us.

We’ve been granted Total liberty

Once we’re saved, Jesus breaks the chains that bound us to the spiritual consequences of sin. We’re no longer slaves to sin, and the devil’s accusations hold no power over us. In Jesus Christ, there is no condemnation.

As believers who are saved, all our sins are forgiven. We have total freedom, complete liberty. But this doesn’t mean we should engage in evil just for the thrill of it. The apostle Paul encourages us to walk in the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Against such there is no law, as written in Galatians 5:22.

On a similar topic, wrote the following blog post: Are LGBT+ People Can Be Saved? Feel free to open up another tab for my other article, so you can give it a read once you’re done with this one

How should we live our lives? We should live by faith. It’s not about adhering to strict rules, but trusting that Jesus did it all for us.

So, do sins not matter anymore?

As saved people, we won’t go to hell because we commit sins. Yet, until we receive our glorified body in Heaven, sin still affects our physical bodies and has repercussions in our surroundings.

Take addictions, for example—they can bring about serious health issues. Poor budgeting often leads to financial instability, while infidelity can result in divorce. Acts of violence can strip away happiness and freedom, and killing can land one in prison for decades. The list goes on.

It’s important to recognize that these negative outcomes aren’t God seeking vengeance on us; rather, they’re the natural result of living in a world where actions have consequences, a world of ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’. Instead of punishing us like the devil enjoys doing, God prefers to chastise us, much like a caring father does with his children.

God’s wrath and the rapture

We’re getting close to the end of this age. It’s a big topic to dive into, so I’ll keep it short. The books of Daniel, Jesus’ parables in the four gospels, and the book of Revelation are full of end times prophecies.

God’s wrath will come when the time has finally arrived for Him to dismantle this ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’ system entirely. It’ll happen in a short time known as Jacob’s Trouble, or also known as the Seven Year Tribulation. Those events will target Israel, but other nations will be greatly affected too. It’s going to be intense, hell on earth, things that were never experienced before. It will be one final chance for repentance. Those who take the mark of the beast and worship the devil will be lost forever. The only way to be saved is still the same as always: believe the Good News, that Jesus died for our sins. Thankfully, God will ensure that everyone hears the Good News in those days. There will be no ambiguity; people will know who God is and will know who the devil is. The gospel will be spread by 144,000 Jews during that time, and two supernatural witnesses will display God’s power against the wicked. There will be justice, once and for all.

Thankfully, all us who are saved today won’t have to go through it. We’ll be raptured, taken off this planet, because we aren’t appointed God’s wrath. Being part of the rapture is straightforward: if you’re saved, you’re raptured. There are no additional conditions.

If you think you don’t need salvation because life has treated you well in this world, or because you were smart to build your reputation and earn tons of money on your own, remember that God, through His grace, allowed good things to occur even for the unsaved. However, the time will come when the restrainer (the Holy Spirit) will depart (the moment of the rapture), and evil will engulf this world, paving the way for God to unleash His wrath upon the wicked.

That’s why it’s crucial to believe now, if not already done. It can be done in one nanosecond. If you believe what I wrote, then you’ve already been saved while reading this. You can compare with a King James Bible; read the book of John, then read the epistles of Paul. God made salvation ultra simple, super easy, and 100% free. The primary hurdle is always our own stubbornness.

The building of the third temple in Israel and the appearance of red heifers are recent signs that we’re nearing the end. And everything that’s happened in recent years should raise a lot of red flags.

What about those who never heard the Good News?

Keep in mind, it’s not in God’s nature to desire our destruction. His ultimate aim is our salvation, while the devil accuses us day and night. When Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross, he didn’t just leave it at that. He journeyed to the prison containing all the souls who passed away before his first coming, even those from the time of the Great Flood. There, he preached the Good News to them. We can assume that a large number accepted His blood sacrifice for their salvation, others opted for hell.

I have the certitude, which is grounded in the Good News, that when we pass from this life, we encounter loved ones who’ve gone before us, ready to testify the glory of God to newly deceased people. Jesus himself can be there, too. But let’s not forget—we all have free will. Sadly, some individuals have become so hardened that they choose darkness over the light of heaven.

No matter what, it’s better to believe the Good News while we’re alive because God’s promise is 100% guaranteed the moment we believe.

Happy ‘He is Risen’ Day!

2 responses to “Easter Message 2024 + Eternal Eden”

  1. legonenen Avatar

    Amen on the Good News of Jesus!

    But, I’ve got to disagree on what you said regarding the Law and the sacrifices. These weren’t masterminded by Satan. (And the fault with the Pharisees and others who hold to laws but still do evil is that they lose sight of what the purpose of the law was: ‘the spirit of the law’.)

    Israel was given their specific system of sacrifices by God, both to show just how horrible Sin was, and to point to the the ultimate Sacrifice (Jesus’s sacrifice cannot truly be understood without the context)
    for without the shedding of blood God would not accept the remission of our sins (because Sin is a horrible thing, it requires drastic measures. The substitutionary system)

    The Law is not evil, but it shows our evil. (It condemns us, without it we wouldn’t know we sinned, but with it we know. But it cannot save us after that condemnation, and so a sacrifice is required to bring us back beyond us merely feeling sorry; hence the OT sacrifices and Jesus’s once and for all sacrifice.)

    1. Elder Avatar

      I’m happy to see your response, Legonenen.

      Oh, I hope I didn’t give you the wrong idea. I didn’t mean to say the law is inherently evil, but it’s certainly a curse for us.

      The book to the Galatians is rich on this topic:

      GALATIANS 3:10
      For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

      GALATIANS 3:13
      Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

      In the book of Genesis, there are two trees in the midst of the garden:

      GENESIS 2:9
      the tree of life = Salvation, Eternal Life
      the tree of knowledge of good and evil = Curse, Death (Jesus Christ was crucified on this tree instead of us, aka the cross)

      The following verse is before they ate from the bad tree.

      GENESIS 2:25
      And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

      The following verse is after they ate from the bad tree.

      GENESIS 3:
      And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

      The devil introduced the law to Adam and Eve through the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The devil exploited it as a means to weaken humanity spiritually and ensnare us in a continual wheel of sin, guilt and vain payment through animal and even human baby sacrifices (which still happen even today with the elite).

      But God used the law for our benefit, as revealed by Paul:

      GALATIANS 3:24
      Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

      So, as you explained too, the law served to expose the severity of sin, and more importantly, it was there to reveal our inability to follow it and our inability to stay holy. And knowing that we’re all under condemnation, we ultimately need to be saved.

      ROMANS 3:23
      For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

      ROMANS 6:23
      For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

      ROMANS 3:20
      Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

      Salvation cannot be attained through the law. It never has happened, and it never will. The only exception is Jesus, who fulfilled the entire law on our behalf, breaking the devil’s power over us and granting us His own righteousness. God isn’t asking any work from us through the law for our salvation because He knows our weakness.

      ROMANS 5:6
      For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

      ROMANS 4:5
      But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

      The reason we’re asked to believe the Good News is because the devil wants to keep us under the paradigm of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

      The Golden Rule, which is explained on Wikipedia (for quick reference), is the principle of treating others as one would want to be treated by them. It’s also called the Royal Law in the book of James. It’s not unique to Judaism or Christianity. Even the gentiles (non-jews) had the law written in their heart, showing that all humanity inherited the same spirit from Adam and Eve.

      Here are three examples:

      Buddhism: “Hurt not others in way that you yourself would find hurtful.”

      Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.”

      Confucianism: “That would be reciprocity that which you do not desire, do not do to others.”

      That’s the repetitive pattern found in each religion, philosophy or ideology. And each of them also include a set of moral or ritual laws for attaining some form of righteousness or elevation.

      Still, the Royal Law stems from the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It doesn’t mean we should’t abide to a morality code, but this spirit is also conscious of immorality and we’ve all been compromised by it.

      JAMES 2:10
      For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

      When Jesus ministered in Israel during his first coming, he taught under the law. The mysteries of the Church hadn’t been revealed yet. Jesus even heightened the challenge. Merely being angry without cause was equated to murder, and simply looking with lust was considered adultery. Even his own disciples had to understand they couldn’t follow his commandments. Even Peter denied Jesus three times and cursed Jesus’ name. Jesus’ real mission was to fulfill the entire law on our behalf and be the perfect blood sacrifice for our sins.

      What is a ransom?

      According to the dictionary: obtain the release of a prisoner by making a payment demanded.

      Example: “the kidnappers demanded a ransom.”

      MATTHEW 20:28
      Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

      1 TIMOTHY 2:6
      For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

      It’s the devil who’s has taken the entire world hostage (captive is the word used in scripture) through the curse of the law. Captive doesn’t mean innocent. In the end, it’s God who’s going to judge the unholy. Fortunately, through the belief of the Good News, Jesus has redeemed us from the evil accuser with his precious blood.

      GALATIANS 3:13
      Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.

      REVELATION 12:10
      for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.

      The moment we believe the Good News, we’re sealed by the Holy Spirit. We overcome the accuser by the blood of the Lamb. The devil is defeated the moment our testimony is the Good News.

      1 CORINTHIANS 15
      Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

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