World Building in The Wicked Lands

Photo depicting the end timesThe inspiration for the world building in the Wicked Lands came largely from Revelation. Now I don’t like to talk too much about Christianity or my own beliefs because I don’t want to alienate people of different religions. I live in a very multicultural place and tons of my friends are from different religious backgrounds, and I totally respect that. All I ask is that others respect mine as well.

This might be odd to say before I cite passages, but I don’t actually take the bible too literally. It’s a nice guideline but it’s a very old book and modern society changes so rapidly. Still, it’s neat to be able to pull ideas from there and wonder what it would be like if it really turned out the way it says in Revelation. So I thought there might be some curious readers interested in knowing exactly what passages inspired my world, since the bible is so open to interpretation. Without further ado, let’s begin.

Why is everyone immortal?
It’s obvious the Saved are immortal, but why are Wickeds immortal as well? In Revelation, even wicked souls are to become unable to die during the end times, which last 1000 years. The Wicked Lands is set in this 1000 year period.

“And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” (Revelation 9:6).

“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” (Revelation 20:5).

Why do the Saved kill?
I could write a whole blog post on this question alone. But for now I’ll just say (and nobody has to agree with me) that I personally don’t believe in Hell, or at least I don’t believe people go there. There might be an Abyss holding demons but never people. I believe passages that insinuate the existence of Hell can be interpreted to mean other things, but I won’t go into the details here. Instead I believe you either are Saved and live forever or you are not Saved and you die, ceasing to exist (after the second death). In my opinion, it would be much crueler to punish people for eternity in a place like Hell. If I believed in Hell, then instead of killing, Violet would open the gates to Hell when she judged someone, but since I don’t she simply ends their life. Therefore in my mind: judge = kill.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life” (Romans 6:23)

“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” (Corinthians 6:2)

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them…and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4)

Why do the Saved kill demons?
Not just people, the Saved judge demons too.

“Know ye not that we shall judge angels?” (Corinthians 6:3)

Why is the world split into good and evil?
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” (Revelation 20: 7-9)

This passage suggests the Saved are living in a Holy City in seclusion from the rest of the world. Since the Holy City is attacked by Earth’s armies, the Holy City must be on Earth also.

There’s still more to discuss but I’ll save it for another time. Hope you guys found this interesting. Feel free to comment, I’d love to hear other views on the subject or even the views of other religions. Until next time!

Cheers!
Melissa

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