Ah, Ethan, this is touching. It’s not so strange that you would just so happen to be influenced by a Christian. Most of the artists that influenced me were secular. We all receive skills, ideas, inspiration, even employment from people with different world views than our own, then we get to choose how to bend those skills under the will of our own values. You earn that right if you put in the work to learn the hard stuff.
A quick clarification, I don’t see Neverhood as a straight up allegory… at least not in the strictest use of that word. It is inspired by the Old Testament, which is more obvious if you ever read some of the Wall of Records. We didn’t make it as a religious statement or anything, and there were non-believers involved in every aspect of making that game who contributed their own thing to the project.
Still, you enjoyed it as a game before you saw the religious inspiration of The Neverhood and that’s as it should be. The religious inspiration was intended to be personal, while the enjoyment of the game was intended to be public.