God's Video Game
Sometimes I look at my religious beliefs, and imagine it as God, simply, giving everyone a video game right after birth. In order to win, a person has to be able to find, or figure out, all of the codes that God may, or may not, have planted. For example, you will be introduced to one document that tells you that it is the only true text capable of unlocking the mystery of the game...and that in this document is where you will find the rest of the codes needed to advance, and ultimately win the game. However, later in the game, you are introduced to another document that states that it is the only true document that will unlock the mystery of the game. Then you are introduced to yet another document that states the same claim.
Location, Location, Location
Luck is always a factor when playing any video game, and so it is with God’s game. So in choosing the right document, we will all have to depend heavily upon luck. We’ll just have to assume that we just happened to be lucky enough to be born in the region that possesses the only true document, therefore, the overwhelming majority of us are going to stick with the first document that was introduced. That must just be the way that the creator programmed us. Right? One way or the other, we will have to make a choice, and select the document we are going to play the game with, that's if we expect to have any chance at winning.
After we have picked our document, the game will instruct us to press ”continue” where we will start at the novice level.
Our first assignment is to memorize all the key characters in our document. We must remember what each character was significant for, and what super powers each possessed.
By the end of the novice stage, we have learned of the buildings that we need to go to so that we can acquire additional codes, and which days to go to those buildings. Also, before moving on, we must learn chants that must be repeated to acquire even more codes.
In the next stage, suddenly three balloons appear on the screen. One balloon has a B in its center. Another has an M. And the last one has a C in its center. The player will have to choose one of these balloons before continuing. But the player’s choice cannot be based upon reason, but rather, on recommendations from people the player is exposed to, especially early in the game. The closer the person is to the player, the higher the recommendation is.
A choice will be made, but somehow I will have no recollection of making that choice. However, I am sure that I made the choice based upon the merits of the document’s truthfulness. And even though others, who are trusting the same document, choose balloons different from the one that I chose, I somehow just know that they got it wrong. In fact, I'm sure.
Reason Or Confusion
In the next stage is where a giant floating brain appears. When a player clicks on the brain, it says, “None of the documents in this game is true. There is no way to win this game, because it is not based on any truths. Choose reality instead.“
The Fool Has Said In His Heart
Since I have been instructed by my document to reject anything that questions my document, I can do nothing but dismiss the logic of the floating brain, and proceed to collect more codes. But after I reject the brain’s warning, I see my score plummet. Then the brain appears again, with even more damaging evidence against the documents. But even though I agree with the brain, I still have to reject the warnings. Again my score plummets. This goes on until I am down to zero points, and desperately trying to find more codes to get my score to go up again.
Please Help Me Lord!
Completely out of tithe money, And having rejected the logic of the giant brain, all I can do now is find proof, because the giant brain is demanding proof. As a seasoned player, by now, I'm sure this will be easy. All I need is one morsel of proof. I send up massive amounts of prayer, until my prayer power is almost exhausted. I present verses from the document. Prayer led me to these verses, so I know I am on the verge of a smooth come back. Still the brain asks for what it terms ”real proof”
Did I choose the wrong document? Was it the balloon? But so many other worshipers have chosen my document, and my balloon, so they can’t all be wrong. Can they?
In a last ditch effort to save the game, the Giant brain gives me several options. I elect to have a fight between a character called Cognitive Dissonance and my document. I never knew that Cognitive Dissonance was so much larger than my document. Furthermore he had a state of the arts fighter jet. All my document had was a chariot, and a few prayers left.
My document spent most of its time running as fast as it could, but horses can only run so fast, even with the aid of prayer, which, by the way, never aided me once in this game. For more speed, I clicked and clicked and clicked on my document, knowing that I just cannot lose this game. I can’t. The fighter jet has now taxied the runway, and is borne to the air, heading straight for the speeding chariot.
Suddenly, and without warning, GAME OVER!