I remain highly concerned about how The Metaverse will impact our world. If we lose touch with our physical reality, we risk losing who we are under God and in Christ. We are made in God’s image. There is no duality between body and spirit. For Christians, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Secular thought today assumes a body/person split, with the body being defined in the ‘fact’ realm by empirical science/evolution (lower story) and the person defined in the ‘values’ realm/religion as the basis for rights (upper story). This dualism has created a fractured, fragmented view of the human being, in which the body is treated as separate from the authentic self”
If the body is not actually part of the person, it is devalued of God-given divinity and exists as a tool to use for pleasure. This is where issues like transgenderism find their roots. For these individuals, the physical body is not aligned with the person; they are bifurcated. Gender is purely a social construct and not a result of biology.
If we study the progressive movement closely, we will find that many of their social ideologies find their root in efforts to disrupt the person/body connection and destroy our humanity. Nancy Pearcey writes extensively about this in her book Love Thy Body. Here, she describes how, on a philosophical level, the modern person aims to bifurcate the reality between our body and person. If we understand them to not be morally and/or spiritually intertwined, we can find justification for all kinds of immoral acts.
Similar logic can be found in arguments that justify abortion. In these cases, the fetus is not really a person; it’s only cells. The cells will not become a person until some point in time that is convenient for the parties involved (this is called personhood theory). Again, underneath these arguments is an existential bifurcation of the body from the person. If the body and the person are not unified, the body is disposable. The same philosophical, two-story setup is found throughout the sexual revolution. When the body is fundamentally, philosophically, and theologically removed from the spirit/person, the body is a meaningless instrument for pleasure. This is wholly opposed to what scripture teaches about reality.
On the importance of having a holistic, unified biblical view of the body and person, Pearcey writes, “…it is based on a teleological (explanation of phenomena in terms of the purpose they serve rather than of the cause by which they arise) worldview that encourages us to live in accord with the physical design of our bodies. By respecting the body, the biblical ethic overcomes the dichotomy separating body from person. It heals self-alienation and creates integrity and wholeness…it fits who we really are.”
For our young people, will the Metaverse reality become as important (if not more important) than the physical one? Characters have avatars, homes, transportation, currency, and even education all in a virtual world. Will in most places, the physical world (God’s world) be in such disarray and dereliction that it is abandoned for time and life in the virtual world?
Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal published a story with the title: “Kids Don’t Want Cash Anymore.” The article outlined how young people no longer value real-world currency as much as generations before. Instead, they want virtual currencies – in this case, virtual currency for the game Roblox or V-Bucks from the game Fortnite – to buy virtual items to use in their video games.
This may seem strange for older generations, but it’s part of a larger trend. Gaming is just as much a social activity today as it is a game. It’s how so many of us hang out with friends and have fun.
And for the younger crowds, physical possessions that sit on a shelf at home have far less value. Increasingly, people – especially young people – value virtual items as much or more than physical items. To them, a virtual piece of clothing is as desirable as the real thing. What they look like online or in a game, of what they can do with their characters/avatars are often far more important than what they look like in real life.
I believe the Metaverse is part of Satan’s “end times” strategy which also involves demons posing as aliens which I addressed in a recent post: NASA EMPLOYS PASTORS TO PREPARE THE WORLD FOR ALIENS.
If you needed further proof that this is the prophesied end times this is it. Now is the time to draw closer to God and make sure each day of your life is directed by the Holy Spirit.