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Starting to wonder
« on: June 13, 2010, 02:47:22 AM »
Maybe this belongs more in the spiritual section, but lately I've been struggling with this...

Since the age of around 10, I've had a very deep fascination and interest in 3D game development. I would even make dots on paper (vertices) and connect them all into triangles (polygons), creating sort of a pseudo-3D picture on paper. As soon as I obtained my first computer, I started learning how to do art, mapping, and other game-development related activities.

So that's great, I have this huge desire for game development, but I also believe that everything created should be intended to honor and glorify Christ. Is this possible with a game level? How can I make a map that will do that? I want to go beyond just including a scripture. How can I make a map that will touch someone's heart? Someone that won't necessarily step foot in a church, but might play a video game? Maybe through some sort of non-violent gameplay objective. But would it actually produce fruit? Would people want to play it?

This is my struggle, I have this desire to map, but it's sort of pointless to me (even if it's a hobby) at this stage in my life if it does nothing for God's kingdom. I've been praying about it as well, I ask Him to either help me use it for Him, or take it away. Is this the right prayer?

I do believe video games are, or could be a valid footstool for sharing the gospel because it's a form of media. I see a lot of potential in it, I'm just confused about how to approach it as a form of ministry. I've thought about making a game or level that reveal what spiritual warfare is like, but I'm afraid most people would just toss it to the side as some sort of fantasy genre, maybe others would not take it seriously (It's a game afterall), but then there are singleplayer games that have deep storylines (just like movies), that I know are capable of ministering to people.

Sorry if this sounds a bit jumbled, but what do you guys think?

|CoR| Holy_Retribution

Re: Starting to wonder
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010, 09:12:14 AM »
I think you have a great talent and it would be a shame to throw it away. Sometimes a simple scripture can plant the seed that grows to be a lot more. We just don't always get to see the flower after it blossoms. I would say make a few maps how you want, or post a few game ideas and see what the reactions are to them. Praying for you
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|CoR| Intrepid

Re: Starting to wonder
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2010, 11:13:48 AM »
Dude, first of all, you are honouring Christ with the maps that you make and we play. When we play we get to talk to people, and this is part of God's mission for us.

As for your prayer that he either helps you use it for Him or takes it away, well, I don't think you are seeing that your gift IS being used for Him, and what you actually want is to expand the range and effectiveness of your gift. You certainly don't want it taken away. God often doesn't let us see the results of our efforts or actions or prayers, so try not to be discouraged.

As for ideas, I have three, here goes.
1. Do a map of a Bible location, maybe a map of some of the Cities like:
Rome, Corinth, Philipi, Jerusalem, Athens, Ephesus
Mount Sinai (lots of mist, got to cap the Ten Commandments at the top)
have a map with 12 flags, each labelled after the 12 tribes
a map of the Temple (gold everywhere, include the big curtain and the holy of holies)
A map of the ship that took Paul to Rome when it shipwrecked (Acts 27)
Map of Pauls prison.

That should get you started ;)
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Re: Starting to wonder
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2010, 03:23:54 PM »
If your creation brings joy and happiness to others.....

You're doing something most people cannot, and it is a blessing.

God Bless,
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|CoR| SpiritVII

Re: Starting to wonder
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2010, 12:28:04 PM »
Thank you all for your input, encouragement & ideas, it is very appreciated.

Also, I really like the Mt. Sinai idea.

|CoR| Intrepid

Re: Starting to wonder
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2010, 10:59:39 PM »
Nice, you do an awesome job! keep it up!
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|CoR| Oy

Re: Starting to wonder
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2010, 01:35:27 AM »
Spirit, your maps bring people into our server!  Once there they hear the fellowship of CoR members and see scripture tossed up regularly.  Many join, come to practice and hear the Word.  Never doubt that God is using you.  Remember, bloom where your planted.  Right now, your blooming great!

|CoR| MarkM

Re: Starting to wonder New
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2010, 04:12:04 PM »
Hi SpiritVII

May I suggest to help you sort this issue out in your mind that you read the writings of a man named Brother Laurence.

Your statment of thought/Premise...  "This is my struggle, I have this desire to map, but it's sort of pointless to me (even if it's a hobby) at this stage in my life if it does nothing for God's kingdom." completly missing the point of how to serve God. !

Brother Lawrence (c. 1614 – 12 February 1691) served as a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery in Paris.  He was assigned to the monastery kitchen where, amidst the tedious chores of cooking and cleaning at the constant bidding of his superiors.

Christians commonly remember him for the intimacy he expressed concerning his relationship to God as recorded in a book compiled after his death, the classic Christian text, The Practice of the Presence of God.

For Brother Lawrence, "common business," (like your maping) no matter how mundane or routine, could be a medium of God's love. The sacredness or "worldly status" of a task mattered less than motivation behind it.

"Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do. . . We can do little things for God;
 I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God."

Everything you do is for Gods Kingdom...everything.  Be joyful in the talents God has given you, to His honor, glory, and praise. .

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