a reply to: Attentionwandered
I've considered that before - this universe as a byproduct of a simulation! Yes!
In back of the universe, as a first/last cause, appears to be a perfect will and thoughtform born of a super-intelligence.
So after an eternity, instead of creating an infinite series of failed universes as if trying to break out of an impossible position, a simulation is
run, not with a quantum computer (where did it come from) but from the POV of a fully-informed eternal Godhead who, by selectively LIMITING or
reducing from the absolute formless potential, is able to find an expression of the perfect will to creation and to life - then baboom, and out of
time and eternity here we are, now, but within the context of what might be called "koinonia" or "table fellowship" as a participatory, intimate
sharing in partnership. Why? Because that's just the way God and God's love rolls.
Love is the reason for the seasons!
Everything that was made was made by the father for the sons of God because of love, and what does the son, son of God son of man, do but figure out a
way to share it all, in kind, while at the same time "punking" and robbing the devil blind.
This bias on the part of so many, this aversion to the Christian reality and interpretation, that refuses to even begin to give it any consideration,
to try it on for size, is very sad and unfortunate and is in no small measure the Church's fault.
To be alive is to be attached to an outcome, some of which there are none greater worth living for or even if needed dying for to uphold and to
protect and preserve against all odds, and oh what long odds they were/are.
An invitation has to be extended and the love to BE love must also be a love of action, it has to communicate itself and to somehow make itself known
and are we not also entitled to a reliable object of desire and trust which does not betray us?
Is there not a loving hand that's capable of consoling us?
Is there not a doorway framed by the twin pillars of justice and mercy through which we might find new pasture and a new domain of freedom and
These things, the whole kit and caboodle is not a meaningless, random occurrence, a glitch in the matrix of a random quantum vacuum fluctuation, even
if arrived at from an eternity of simulations. The creation is good. It was right, and just, and gracious, and I don't think there can really be a
whole lot of doubt that it was by intent and anticipation from a first/last cause out of eternity, so that we, as children of a loving God might some
day take our rightful place at the table and the frame that God has set for us, even if it's in the presence of our enemies.
It's unreasonably reasonable the invitation posed by life, and there can be no equivocation in the face of it, at this end of a loving invitation and
an outstretched hand of friendship that's really as long as the whole of the cosmos, which if the entire known universe were shrunk down to the size
of a golf ball, would stretch for a number of light years (near flatness) to traverse.
I have no doubt that this same Creative Agency has more tricks up that long sleeve, but it doesn't diminish one iota the magnitude of the awe and
wonder of what's right in our face every day, and most nights, and by that I don't just mean the moon, the sun and the stars, but the opportunity to
actually experience it, and get to share it with others but most of all, with the God who made it all and gave it to us, his children.
"Therefore do not be afraid, nor let your hearts be troubled, little ones, for it pleased our father to share his eternal kingdom of light and love
with all his children. I am the resurrection and the life! Whoever believes in (trusts) me will HAVE eternal life."
There is no escape. Once there WAS light there was always already light and it transcends the light of the moon, the sun and the stars. It's the light
of life, the light of the world, and thou art that!
What I like about it, is that it both gives me immense bragging rights and something to be forever grateful for, but nothing of myself to brag about,
or to negate, thus protecting and preserving and sustaining my joy and good-willed better nature, in Christ. It is satisfying and it offers true
consolation to the soul.
Looking at the moon is just a small reminder, a midnight sun, so that we will not lapse back into forgetfulness.
It's symbolic. Significant. As it was INTENDED to be understood as a point of recognition (re cognition).
Be blessed (not blessed be),
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