The Matrix

“For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd (Zechariah 10:2).”

Remember the movie The Matrix? Nearly the entire human race was captive to an unseen malevolent force that constructed a simulated reality by which to control them and suck the life out of them. But a small handful had escaped the delusion and had their eyes opened to the malicious scheme. There are highly intelligent people, philosophers, tech gurus, and physicists are warning that there is a 50% chance that we are all obliviously living in such an alternate reality world.1 A recently published report stated; “It is conceivable that with advancements in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and computing power, members of future civilizations could have decided to run a simulation of their ancestors.”

Adherents to this belief include Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, Bill Nye – The Science Guy, and Cosmos host and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Nye even claims that we could never know if we were living in a computer simulated world.2

In the 16th century Renee DesCartes, a mathematician and philosopher, had similar doubts about reality. He questioned how he could know anything really. What if all that we think is real is an illusion and we aren’t even really here? But he reasoned that if he could question everything so deeply this is no delusion – “I think, therefore I am” was his conclusion that dispelled all of these doubts. And so it is for us as well. If we can ponder and reflect on profound truths – (“where did I come from, why am I here, and where am I going?”) then we can be certain that we are not just imaginary parts of a simulation. Does Charlie Brown know he’s a cartoon character?2 No, he is incapable of such thoughts but the fact that we can think on this level demonstrates we are a real part of this world.

There is however another level in which these men are correct in their Matrix hypothesis and that is on a spiritual level. While we do indeed truly live in this material world, we have an unseen spirit that inhabits our physical bodies (Job 32:8, Daniel 7:15, Zechariah 12:1) that endures beyond life here (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

These supposedly sage philosophers are oblivious to the reality that there is a malevolent unseen force that has deceived them into believing a lie so that he may suck the life out of them. The truth that could awaken them from this deadly sleep of death is the gospel but they cannot see it because this evil puppet master has blinded their minds so that they cannot escape (2 Corinthians 4:4, 1 John 5:19). Those who are perishing are walking blindly following the same path to oblivion (Ephesians 2:1-2, Matthew 7:13). Ultimately, if they choose to remain deluded God will oblige them (2 Thessalonians 2:11). It is their choice to close their eyes to the real truth beyond (Isaiah 6:10).

If you’ve been living in the Matrix, this is your wake up call. If you choose to remain in this conspiracy that does not end well, ignore God’s call. But if you would have your eyes opened and enjoy the abundant life that has no end, repent and believe the gospel (2 Timothy 2:25-26). Let us not be lulled into complacency and be pulled back into the dark matrix of this world but remain ever alert and watchful for that moment when the entire order of this world is exposed at Christ’s return (2 Thessalonians 1:7, 2 Peter 3:10) and the curtain is finally raised.

“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed (Romans 13:11).”

Billy Alexander is a member of the church of Christ in Jersey Village in Houston, TX. He and his wife Gwen both work at Hewlett-Packard where they met and have worked more than 25 years each. Billy enjoys teaching Bible several times each week at Jersey Village and Memorial church of Christ. Since 2008, his weekly article "Equipping the Saints" as run in the Jersey Village bulletin.

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    Todd Clippard October 16, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Good stuff brother!

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