Are we living in a simulation? I think we are.

What if everything around you, everything that is familiar to you, disappears? What will you do? I have had that experience in my life. Twice in fact.

Once, I was jogging on a tree-top walk in a park at approximately 4am in the morning when I met a group of people. Maybe it was the exhaustion from the jog that caused a momentarily lag in my mental processing. It did not immediately occur to me how bizarre it was to have a large group of people in a park at that hour. When it suddenly struck me at the next corner approximately 5 minutes later, I ran back to see if they were still there. 2KM down and there was no one to be found.

“If things that are real can disappear just like that, then are we real?”

Another similar occurrence happened pretty recently. I was riding a motorcycle on a pretty congested interstate highway rushing back home one night. The traffic condition was one of the worst I have encountered. Reckless truck drivers weaving between lanes and the road shoulder while the rest of the vehicles impatiently drive between lanes to cover as much ground as they possibly can. Not much space left for a petite motorcyclist like me on a terribly congested interstate highway in the dead of night. Whatever, the road conditions changed miraculously at a point where all the vehicles suddenly disappeared. In a blink of an eye, I was the only motorist on the entire stretch of motorway.

These experiences led me to question life and all that is within the observable universe.

If things that are real can disappear just like that, then are we real?

Elon Musk thinks that we are all living in a simulation that is controlled by some advanced civilization. It’s just so advanced that we do not feel like it is a simulation [1]. Chances are, he might be right. But there is a limit, this theory can only explain things within the visible universe. What about the things that are beyond the realm of the observable? Things that are felt? Things that are paranormal? Things that unite people to a life beyond death? And, where does the knowledge about the afterlife come from?

“If we are indeed in a simulation, then all humankind must identify with the limitations of this simulation and resort to the fate of not being able to venture beyond it.”

If we are indeed in a simulation, then all humankind must identify with the limitations of this simulation and resort to the fate of not being able to venture beyond it. When the time runs out for someone and they breathed their last, that’s it. Life would have been meaningless regardless of accomplishment. If indeed we are in a simulation, we will be able to account for paranormal activities and spiritual activities but they will all be characterized as disturbances that prevent us from attaining our goals in life. And that goal is? Nothing.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless”. (Ecclesiastes 1:1, NIV).

Sure, my experiences taught me that all physical matter is in the control of an Ultimate Reality. This Ultimate Reality may place certain people wherever He wants to do whatever He pleases. Most times, He alters the free will of people to accomplish what He intends in a sequential order that seems logical in the eyes of humankind. Other times, He interferes supernaturally to bring about His will [2]. To substantiate the argument that this Ultimate Reality is in control of all physical matter in the observable universe, I look at how physics explain the existence of all things from the smallest of molecules to the largest of galaxy-clusters. The central problem with modern physics is the fact that gravity doesn’t seem to have enough mass to propel matter away from one another, neither does it have enough mass to hold galaxies together. This calls for the formation of a hypothetical “dark energy” [3] and a hypothetical “dark matter” [4] to hold them all together. Sure, we can surely carelessly argue that it is these unknown substances that hold the universe together. But we can also say this:

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17, NIV).

By the logic of deduction, it is absolutely rational to the human-mind to rest in the knowledge that “what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV). And it is in this truth that countless of blessings can be found, both in this life and the one that is to come.

“Christianity is the fearful acknowledgement of what God had done through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ and consciously submitting to Him to be in union with Him for an eternity.”

However, this knowledge should also call for a proper fear and reverence for the Ultimate Reality because of His ultimate sovereignty to be able to “destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28, NIV). By the logic of deduction, this is by far, the scariest thing that can happen to the consciousness of anyone, dead or alive.

Christianity is not only a religion. Christianity is also not only a way of life. Christianity is a cumulated understanding of existence, both the physical and that that is beyond the observable. It is the fearful acknowledgement of what God had done through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ and consciously submitting to Him to be in union with Him for an eternity.

We are in a beautiful simulation that is controlled by the Ultimate Reality who uses it to shape and mould us into His likeness so that we will be able to be in complete Union with Him, forever.

So, are we in a simulation? I think we are; a very beautiful one. One that is controlled by the Ultimate Reality who uses it to shape and mould us into His Likeness so that we will be able to be in Union with Him, forever.

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[1] https://qz.com/699518/we-talked-to-the-oxford-philosopher-who-gave-elon-musk-the-theory-that-we-are-all-computer-simulations/

[2] Acts 8:39-40, NIV.

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_energy

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_matter

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