Parallel Worlds, Connected
ZERO-SEVEN-THIRTY HOURS ON WEDNESDAY, THE 20TH DAY OF JULY IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 2016
The world is being conquered (and confused) by Pokémon Go. It’s a game that makes use of augmented reality in a way that has, until now, been lacking in scale and a mass market.
When I saw the game in action, one scripture came to mind:
I’m a great believer in the congruence of the scientific and faith. Science (also including technology) is not some antithesis to the Christian beliefs system but rather, an astute witness, bearing a powerful testimony to all the bible claims as truth.
That scripture in Hebrews 11 is very powerful because, to me, it’s a precursor to the discovery of subatomic particles and an affirmation of the quest for Higgs boson [the God particle]. How else can we explain in the physical world that which we see in scriptures like Job [before Abraham]?:
“He stretches the northern skies over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.”
Job 26:7 (HCSB)
Or in Hebrews (emphases mine):
“In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
Hebrews 1:2-3 (HCSB)
Teasers like these are littered throughout the bible. Things that make us wonder and think about what God revealed to man (see Isaiah 40:22 – a fact we take for granted now and was written 2-300 years before the Pythagorean school of thought accepted it as commonplace!)
So, what has this got to do with Pokémon Go? As science and its subdivisions mature, we get a much clearer picture of what exists in this physical realm but rarely get an opportunity to relate it to the spiritual world that exists, for the majority of us, in parallel.
Pokémon Go is a game played on smartphones that works by overlaying your phone’s camera with various creatures & items and then using real world locations to interact with them.
This is, believe it or not, very similar to how the world currently works.
The infrastructure of this world is not the physical one we interact with. The infrastructure is what we would call the “spirit world” or the “supernatural”. That world is the “things that are not visible” I opened with.
In much the same way that these creatures are suspended on the infrastructure of your phone’s circuitry and imaging, so also are we suspended on the infrastructure of the spiritual world. A world whose circuitry is the Word of God and its imaging manifests as the natural life that we experience on a daily basis.
Pokémon Go gives us a great opportunity to examine the wonders of [spiritual/physical/psychological/emotional] life in its many dimensions and appreciate the beauty of God‘s message of love to us through The Bible.
As technology continues to bring us new wonders and amazing ways to interact with our world, we should never forget that there is more to this world than meets the eye. We must not only recognise that this world is made from things unseen but work hard to engage and build a relationship with The One who makes the interaction with all dimensions of life possible.
Remember, God wants you to win.