I love science. There’s no doubt about that. I could (well, more honestly… I do) spend hours watching YouTube videos from creators like Numberphile, Sixty Symbols, Minute Physics, and more. There’s no doubt, though, that it shares a fairly complicated relationship with Christianity (well, arguably with religion in general, but Christianity is more publicized in our realm).

I think one of the reasons why I enjoy science so much is because of the relationship it has IMG_1008.JPGwith Christianity (also, God made a pretty neat universe. For example: check this out).

That’s why I’m so excited for our Bible study series at Senior Youth in the new year. We’re
going to spend some time exploring whether there is a relationship between science and faith, what that relationship looks like, and what that means for us.

I’m still not certain exactly what this study is going to look like, but I’m doing a ton of reading and study right now and I’m terribly excited for how applicable this topic is in our world today.

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Even today I saw an article on my Facebook feed from the BBC titled, We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter (you can find it here). It was fascinating, but I can’t help but wonder a little bit… how do people think this is the best possible answer?

For those not interested in reading it, here’s a quick (and rough–really, read the article) summary:

  1. There are certainly elements of our universe that seem designed;
  2. We make simulations all the time;
  3. Who’s to say that some life form more advanced than us didn’t develop a super-advanced simulation of the universe, which is, in fact, the universe we live in;
  4. Because our universe looks designed, it seems possible, even likely that we exist in a simulation.

This is a legitimate concept endorsed by pretty influential people. These are the sorts of ideas that our youth need to be prepared to respond to. Really, I don’t even disagree with the majority of this thought process… let’s just rephrase it a little bit:

  1. There are certainly elements of our universe that seem designed;
  2. We create things all the time;
  3. Who’s to say that some Being who is more advanced than us didn’t create the universe we live in;
  4. Because our universe looks designed, it seems possible, even likely that it was.

If we’re willing to accept the idea that some more advanced life form created our universe as a simulation… isn’t it just as reasonable to consider the idea that God created our universe? I would actually argue that it’s a far simpler concept as it avoids the issue of asking whether the more advanced life form isn’t just a simulation itself (making us a simulation within a simulation). Or do people just not like the moral implications of a Creator God?

Personally, I would rather accept the moral implications of a Creator God than to think of myself as a character in The Sims.

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