You’ve Met With a Terrible Fate, Haven’t You?

 

You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?

One of the fondest gaming memories that I have from my childhood is watching my older brother Joshua play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I didn’t know much about the game before we got it, but I did know that Josh was seriously excited to get the game. He talked about it all the time. I even remember him describing a dream he had about the game before it even came out.

On Christmas morning Josh opened up that gold N64 cartridge, and our gaming lives were about to get rocked. I had the opportunity to experience this game first hand (but the forest temple terrified me, so I mostly just watched Josh play all the way through the game.)

Fast forward a few years to 2000, and Ocarina of Time was about to get a sequel. It was called Majora’s Mask, and this time I was seriously excited about it.

Majora’s Mask was a different sort of game than Ocarina of Time, though. There was something mysterious, unique, and deep to its story line. I ended up playing through the entire game (with the help of Prima’s Official Guide.) I didn’t think much about the game for several years after that, but eventually I started looking up information about the game for the sake of nostalgia. To my surprise, I started finding loads of articles and videos with theories about the 5 stages of grief and the afterlife.

I began thinking about these things, and I was reminded of one of the most important realities in my life. I started to write an article about it months ago, but decided to stop. Majora’s Mask is a dark and creepy game. I didn’t want to lead anyone astray by suggesting that they play the game. That disclaimer still stands. I can’t recommend that you play Majora’s Mask, because there is plenty of questionable material in it. With that being said, Majora’s Mask 3DS has  just been announced for release in 2015. Because of this, I thought it was a good opportunity to share the life changing message that Majora’s Mask can help to remind us of. What is that message? There are several pieces to it, but it starts with one undeniable fact:

You, me, and all of mankind have met with a terrible fate.

Keep scrolling to dive right into the article! Below is a discussion that my little brother and I had about the announcement of the 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

You’ve Met With a Terrible Fate, Haven’t You?

Majora’s Mask is a very “Quotable” game. There are a lot of phrases and principles that are repeated several times. One of the most memorable, however, is “You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?”

This phrase is uttered to you at the beginning of the game by a character known as “The Happy Mask Salesman.” The interesting thing about this line, though, is that it has a double meaning.

The first application of this phrase has to do with the fact that Link has been cursed. Link is “cursed” several times throughout the game, each time taking on a mask that represents a character in the game that has passed away. When Link puts these masks on, he takes on the attributes of those characters.

Sounds creepy and weird, right? It is, but just hang with me!

The second application of the phrase, “You’ve Met With a Terrible Fate, Haven’t You?” deals with the fact that the land that Link descended into at the beginning of the game (Termina) is doomed to be destroyed. The moon is falling towards Termina. If nothing is done to stop the moon, it will crash into Termina in three short days. In other words, there is a time limit. Everyone is doomed to die.

So what does this have to do with anything?

We live in a land similar to that of Termina in many ways. When sin entered this world all of mankind inherited that sin. Because of this, we are all doomed to die. Our lives last for a short time, and we then must face death. We must face the punishment for our sins.

Romans 5:12 (ESV)

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned–

In many ways, Majora’s Mask is the story of a young boy named Link who descends into a cursed world. He has a special ocarina that he plays. One song that he plays is the “Song of Healing.” This song seems to give rest to the dead. This song also seems to allow Link to take the curse of others upon himself. After three days Link is able to heal this cursed world, and give the people of Termina freedom from their terrible fate.

Majora’s Mask, however, is just a game. It’s story is fictional. It is an earthly treasure. In the long run, Majora’s Mask is of no use to us.

But… This story can help to remind us of a different story that is not fictional. This story is of the utmost importance.

Jesus Christ, God’s Son, descended upon a dying world. Out of God’s great love, Jesus came and healed people who were faced with death. Jesus took death upon Himself. He gave peace to mankind. Jesus was nailed to a cross and died. Jesus was even put in a grave. On the third day, however, Jesus rose again. He conquered death. This is a true story. A life changing story. A story that we need to remember every day.

Before you shrug this information off or get back to your daily business, remember that you have met with a terrible fate. Maybe you’ve been a Christian for years. Maybe you don’t know much about God at all. No matter what, we all live in a doomed world. We have the opportunity to live a life of purpose, though.

Don’t be like the people of Clocktown in Majora’s Mask. These people look at the falling moon in the sky, but they choose to ignore it. They are more concerned with their daily lives, and preparing for the annual carnival. Some even deny that the moon is falling, even though they can see it approaching them.

Put aside things that have no purpose. Make a point to love God and love your neighbors. (Check out Mark 12: 29-31)

If you want to know more about Jesus, find a Bible and start reading it! If you don’t have a Bible, check out BlueLetterBible.org to read scripture for free! I personally recommend reading the New Testament, and then moving on to the Old Testament. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell the story of Jesus walking among us. Reading the New Testament can bring a lot of insight about the life changing importance of following God.

Following God and Scripture is way more important than following anything that I personally have to say. Because of that, I am going to close this article with an awesome Bible chapter! Take a few minutes and read it!

Romans 5 (ESV)

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die– 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. 12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned– 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. 18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I love you guys, and I’m praying for you!

-Caleb

 

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2 Comments

  • TheNextTimeLord says:

    Wow. I never viewed this game in light of the Gospel of Christ. So awesome how you can see the beauty of God in virtually all things! Thanks for this.

  • Journey Fontenot says:

    I never played it as a kid but I played it played it once the new version came out for 3DS, Good times! Awesome article! God bless!

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