Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Am I real?
So when I read from Albert Mohler of a fellow who is the up and coming science educator in America and who offhandedly believes that the universe is not real, I figure I am not surrounded by crazies after all. “Agnostic scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson says its very probable the universe is a simulation.”
Actually I think I read this before and watched it in a movie (Matrix anyone???). But of course this is the ultimate skepticism. Am I real has morphed into is anything real -- or maybe we are merely the imagination of another being or the creation of another intelligence -- sort of like the old computer program called the Sims). In any case, what troubles me that this same individual is apparently very highly regarded and one of the most influential science educators in the media today.
And then I thought again. Perhaps he is correct. Not in the sense that we are created by some alien intelligence or running like some computer program but the creatures of a Divine Creator in whose hand we live and work and have our being. That said, God does not play games with us and He has not created us as some cosmic experiment or toy. We were created by Him for His glory, to live our lives out in His presence and to serve Him. Sin was the ultimate corruption of God's grand design but even sin could not outwit the Lord. Before the foundations of the world were laid, He set apart a plan that was revealed to us in many and various ways through the prophets until that plan became the flesh and blood of His Son, born of the Virgin and the Spirit. God did not enter a simulation or alternate reality but came among us as one of us yet without sin to redeem sinners from their sin, from the shame of our guilt, from their lost condition apart from God, and from the death that would return them to dust without hope.
We are real. The world is real. Sin is real. Death is real. But so is Jesus. At this point I am not sure that Mrd. Neil deGrasse Tyson is real. I have not met him and I know him only through the internet (but, of course, everything on the internet is real and true, right?!?). The ultimate reality that trumps everything else is the cross and empty tomb. Life is not a game nor is salvation a crap shoot. Just as we are real sinners subject to real death, God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself and establishing the promise of a new heavens, a new earth, a glorious new flesh, and an eternity devoid of the old rules born of Satan and the complicit wills of Adam and Eve. In this the Church is our new mother and with the Blessed Virgin herself as example, we are her new children, born of the water, Word, and the Spirit.
Agnostics and atheists are strange people. It is too much to believe that God made us and redeemed us. But it is not too far fetched to believe that this is all a simulation of reality and none of us are who we think we are or the world what we think it to be. Which requires the greater faith? Hmmmmm!