Is God On The Metaverse?

Many communities were left broken by churches shut down during the covid era. For some, technology provided the answer to spiritual guidance as virtual churches sprung up across Metaverses. One such community is VR Church, which celebrates God’s love for the world across AltspaceVR, RecRoom and VRChat. And it’s not just churches. Virtual mosques, synagogues, temples, and places of tranquil spirituality are spreading across the sphere. Meetings and religious hangouts are created where all forms of organised religion discuss the deeper meaning of life.

Technology and God have not always mixed with the scientific nature of the computer sector, promoting logical minds that are less spiritually inclined. Terry A Davis was an exception, a schizophrenic programmer who created the TempleOS, an operating system designed to talk to God. The operating system didn’t take off, and Davis died in poverty. Davis claimed TempleOS had 10K downloads, but official records showed none.

The Metaverse in the future will be a seamless digital world that can simulate real-world surroundings in every detail and create environments based on perception. A future virtual dimension built by artificial intelligence could apply to simulation theory. The theory that we exist within a computer-generated universe is accepted by people such as scientists Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk, with Musk telling Joe Rogan that the theory is “most likely”. 

Some may see the idea we are sims within a computer program as a post-modern philosophy founded on resistance to God. The basis of simulation theory is that we live in a world born out of “Intelligent Design” that created everything around us, and shares the same basic principles as the Bible. However, if what we understand as a physical world is, in fact, an aspect of God, then we are all material manifestations of God. A computer-generated simulation must have been created and programmed, so God is a programmer in this hypothesis. Simulation theory, in many ways, is a repackage of essentially Gnostic values. The nature of reality has been questioned by many religions and philosophies. In Buddhism, the story of the flag in the wind alludes to a reality projected by the mind.

Two monks were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. “It’s the wind that is really moving,” said the first one. “No, it is the flag that is moving,” contended the second. A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. “Neither the flag nor the wind is moving,” he said, “It is MIND that moves.”

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In Hinduism, the Metaverse has been likened to the digital personification of ‘Maya’, a core belief that we live in an illusory world. Rastafarian reggae singer the prophet Bob Marley likened our existence to a mental prison, singing, “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds”. In many ways, the search and the pursuit of God reflect disconnection. Humanities yearning to understand the more profound questions of consciousness and purpose. The Metaverse may unlock secrets to the path to God or be another layer of a dream-like world we call reality.

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