God talks to you in The Talos Principle. Audibly. Like Adam in the Garden of Eden. From the very moment you take a step in the game, a voice booms from the heavens:
You are risen from the dust, and you walk in my garden.
Hear my voice and know that I am your maker,
and I am called ELOHIM.
Seek me in my temple
if you are worthy.
Me? I don’t like the way ELOHIM talks to me at this juncture (Sidebar: Did you know ELOHIM is the name of God used in Genesis 1:1?). But I shrug off this ELOHIM’s “if you are worthy” bit and take a few more steps into His garden.
I find a force field, right there in the garden. It blocks my progress. So I change course to find what looks like a mounted yellow video camera. As I grab it, I see it’s called a Jammer. I place that in front of the force field and I’ve got an open door. Obstruction solved! Next, I find a hovering mine coming right for me. But I don’t worry. There’s another jammer that can stun the mine into immobility. Before long, I find that these simple tools and obstructions are a seemingly endless stream of environmental obstacles to overcome. Suddenly I hear ELOHIM talk to me again:
My temple awaits you, child.
How many times has a Christian asked God to speak audibly and heard nothing? But when I’m in this video game, having the voice of God booming in my direction with perfect clarity, I am only filled with suspicion and distrust for it.
This God doesn’t ring true to me. He tells me to seek him in his temple “If I’m worthy.” But Jesus already showed me that I’m worthy. So the notion of a voice that tells me to question my own worthiness is this immediate trigger in my mind that says, “this is an ungodly belief.” And while that’s accurate from a biblical perspective, I have to remember what kind of game I’m playing: The Talos Principle may be a game about biblical ideas like the Garden of Eden story, but it’s not a Christian story.
Please don’t read that as a reason to dismiss The Talos Principle. Though the story is written by by two Humanist authors, I would suggest that this curious exploration of trustworthiness and truth is why The Talos Principle is worth your time.