Answers in Genesis: What Is True Reality?

Try to get your brain around this one, dear reader. It’s the latest from the creation scientists at Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis (AIG) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.

Their article is Biblical Reality vs. Virtual Reality. The author is someone we haven’t encountered before — Bill Jack, described as faculty advisor for something called Worldview Academy.

The article begins with an unimpressive description of virtual reality (VR) — computer games and other online activity — and contrasts that with what is labeled “experienced reality” (ER) — the world in which we actually live. AIG’s treatment of the subject is rather boring, so we’ll skip it, but then the fun begins. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

People are incapable of creating a perfect world — even a virtually perfect reality — because our human nature is flawed. Humans tend to destroy even the most beneficial and perfect system.

Yes, yes — we’re all sinners. That’s an old story. What of it? Brace yourself, dear reader. Here comes something you were not expecting:

Biblical reality (BR), which reveals true reality (TR), recognizes this flaw in every person, and experienced reality (ER) confirms that evil plagues all people in every culture. The Bible points out that man needs someone to correct his flaws and bring him into TR.

Aaaargh!! The mind boggles! Let’s read on:

Players of VR games leave their ER to live in a virtual world of their own creation. In contrast, the Creator of TR chose to enter the real world of His own making and take on the form of one of His own creations — a man.

Imagine that, dear reader. The Creator lives in a higher reality — true reality — and he enters our dreary domain when it suits his purposes. The mind-expanding article continues:

Jesus chose to experience all the pain, suffering, and hate that we experience and even followed our experience to its ultimate conclusion — real death on behalf of sinners. Yet He defeated even that ER by returning to life. He proved He could offer everyone who trusts in Him an escape from the ER of death. Only by trusting the Creator of TR can we escape the pain and death of ER.

You might be wondering how this differs from something like Marshall Applewhite’s Heaven’s Gate cult, the followers of which elected to leave this life and ascend to the next level of reality. The answer is obvious — Applewhite was a fool, and AIG is discussing true reality. Here’s the end of the article:

Only when we trust what BR [biblical reality] says about TR [true reality] can we ultimately live with Jesus in His PR — Perfect Reality.

These are deep thoughts. Very deep. It will take us a long time to sort it all out.

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16 responses to “Answers in Genesis: What Is True Reality?

  1. Didn’t we already have a movie about this? About leaving TR for VR, and how they tried to make a perfect VR for humans, but found that humans needed a flawed reality?

    Starring Keanu Reeves as Jesus, and The Machines as the Creator?

    I liked the special effects of that version, especially Bullet Time, better than what BR has yet come up with.

  2. This just proves AIG has abandoned any form of reality altogether.

  3. We are all dots being devoured in a cosmic game of Pac-Man.

  4. retiredsciguy

    AiG: “the Creator of TR chose to enter the real world of His own making and take on the form of one of His own creations — a man.”

    If AiG’s God actually did this, why didn’t he just “Poof!” Jesus into existence as a grown man, a la Adam, rather than going through all that folderol of virgin birth, etc.?

  5. Charley Horse

    Jeepers! This means I’ve been so wrong in thinking
    that there is virtually only one reality. Thanks, AIG!

  6. Charley Horse says: “I’ve been so wrong in thinking
    that there is virtually only one reality.”

    There is also Curmudgeon Reality (CR) but I don’t think you can handle it.

  7. I’m getting the impression that Hambo is ready to cross the line from cult leader to being the embodiment of god on earth. The embellishment and revision of verse and logic have indicated he and his followers have been on this path for some time now. He just needs to feel a little more empowered for the transformation to be complete.
    Hopefully no one loses their life when it all falls apart.

  8. How did the AIG, in an article which felt like a tsunami of alphabet soup, manage to omit the one acronym most relevant to their thesis: WTF???

  9. Ceteris Paribus

    Criminy sakes, now the True Believers™ will have to go around propping up their eyelids with toothpicks at night so as to not mistake a really great lucid dream with mere TR.

  10. retiredsciguy

    @Dean: Ham does seem to take himself a bit too seriously, doesn’t he? Wonder how long until he starts building a residential compound surrounding his Creation Museum for his faithful and devoted followers?

  11. Wait… if we cannot make virtual realities perfect because we are imperfect, and our reality is imperfect… does that mean our reality is imperfect because god is imperfect?

  12. retiredsciguy

    I believe we have detected an imperfection in Ham’s logic.

  13. @Dean: You may be on to something – perhaps Ham is sort of a second Noah. After all, he is building an ark, and I never really believed that rainbow-promise story in the first place.

  14. AIG:People are incapable of creating a perfect world — even a virtually perfect reality — because our human nature is flawed. Humans tend to destroy even the most beneficial and perfect system.
    This got me thinking, there is a species on Earth with a perfect nature–ants. Even ant traffic is ideal with individuals yielding and moving to optimize speed and efficiency. Perhaps God should have instead of choosing the Jews as his chosen people, flawed humans as they are, he should have picked an ant colony.

  15. retiredsciguy

    Troy observes, “Perhaps God should have instead of choosing the Jews as his chosen people, flawed humans as they are, he should have picked an ant colony.”

    Perhaps He did. We haven’t learned yet how to communicate with them.

  16. One hopes that when the ants inherit the Earth, they will remember with fondness how we took them along on all of our picnics.