False Potions and Prophets
EVERYTHING seems so fluid in Prince of Persia.
It was one of the stand-out features when the original game was released on PC back in 1989.
The prince’s running, stopping, turning, jumping, climbing, hanging and sword fighting, are all done with grace and agility (even though he’s doing it while dressed in a set of white pyjamas).
There is plenty to watch out for; hidden spikes in the floor that appear when approached, falling timber planks disguising secret rooms or passageways, and of course, the very unhelpful chomping metal jaws that inconveniently slice you in half if you mistime the jump.
You can be travelling along quite well, avoiding obstacles and leaping out of danger’s way, until you come across a bottle of bubbling fluid.
The first-time player wonders what taking a swig from these jars will do. Again, with an effortlessly smooth motion, the prince drinks up.
If the potion is beneficial, his health will be restored, he’ll feel refreshed and he’ll carry on toward his mission.
If the potion is not as it seems, it will reduce his health, removing a life bar.
There are other potions, one of which flips the screen upside down, further hindering his progress.
It’s easy to be smoothly running through the Christian life, making progress and avoiding the obvious big falls/sins of life filled with savage spikes.
But occasionally we might swig from the wrong bottle of false teaching. Something that looks good, sounds like all the other sermons, messages or articles we’ve read, yet doesn’t quite “taste” right.
It can set our journey back, maybe even do us harm if we consume too much.
How do we know, though? How do we discern? The Bible says to “test everything” and (1 Thessalonians 5:21), and hold fast to what is good.
Ask: How does it measure up to what God’s Word says? Is it contradictory to what you know about God already? Is it lifting up Christ or someone’s personal view/agenda?
If you’re still unsure, it’s worth checking with an older Christian or someone who has been following Jesus for longer than you have.
Prince of Persia players soon learn to stick with what they know when it comes to jars of potions.
It’s a good attitude for a Christian walk as well. That's holding fast to what is good.
Drink in the Bible first and foremost. Let it reinvigorate you, inspire you and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, drive you on for God.
Learn to “read” the colour of the bubbles rising up from a jar of teaching and whether the teacher really has God’s purposes at heart, or if they are wolves in sheep’s clothing
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
- Matthew 7: 15.