This is the third of four assignments for the Koinonia Institute course Science and the Bible. This course follows the KWL format and below are my answers for the fifth and sixth lectures titled: Beyond Perception. This is part of the coursework for my Unschooled Master of Theology program.
Ready to discover the true nature of our reality and what lies beyond it?
Let’s find out…
What I Knew Before I Started
It is a solid possibility that our physical, external world is not as it appears. There is a lot of talk about living in a simulation (but only because we can perceive a simulation within our own world), or that this reality is in some way manufactured and artifice to the greater spiritual, ethereal reality that lies outside of time and space.
What we have taken for granted for so long may, in essence, not exist. It may be either an illusion (brought to us from an external source) or delusion (caused by our own faulty thinking or worldview or futile mind).
Regardless of the truth, things are not as they appear.
What I Wanted to Learn
Again, I want to know what the actual reality is in which we live. I want to know the reality upon which our reality persists. Do we ascribe to a correct understanding of the physical world, which is external to us, that is a cold, hard, unrelenting space, dispelled of any concern or consideration for us who exist within it?
If we are living in a simulation (that which we see and do is not actually real), then what is the point of all of this? Why the insistence of continued suffering, of continued persecution at the hands of the powerful at the expense of the weak or the disenfranchised or the poor or unlucky?
When will this all end?
What I Learned from this Course
I have thus far learned nothing from these lectures, other than there are no answers. We don’t know what there is outside of us. We cannot be certain this reality we exist in is actually real, and though it does continue to persist day after day, we cannot be in any way certain of its continued persistence after this current moment we exist in right now.
There is nothing in the past other than lesson and wisdom that which can harvest, and the future holds only promise and more often disappointment and disillusion of goals and aspirations and dreams somehow not met.
Regret appears, other than to the few fortunate, unavoidable and utterly inevitable.
There is but one hope for the faithful and for those mired in disbelief there is no hope at all in anything. There is only the guarantee of misery awaiting at every door, at every turn, at every phase of life.
The world is murder and mayhem and disorder and chaos and there is no end to the madness that is our reality or the system in which we are subjected to. Culture is a lie. Government is a lie. Family bonds are a lie. All that is certain is death, and it is unavoidable and inexplicable, but of all the things it is, unwelcomed it is not.
If what we see, what we come to presumably know with any reliability, is in actuality not what we think it is, or what it appears to be, then there is no hope save for Christ on the cross, that one day the dead will rise and we will be transformed.
I would never presume I will be considered one of the worthy, even if by luck of the draw, my understanding of the gospel is correct and salvation hinges solely on the work of Christ on the cross and confession of him as Lord and my belief that God raised him from the dead.
Until my next assignment….
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Excerpt from Seeking Light Aurora:
Thomas opened the front door of the diner and leaned inside, holding himself up by the door frame.
“What’s the matter?” Terrance said, looking away from Peg and Carol. They were all huddled together at the counter.
“Her truck is still freaking out. I’ll try to keep her busy for as long as I can, but I’m running out of ideas.”
He looked over at Derrick who was quietly sitting at the back booth reading one of his books.
“You’ve got to keep her busy,” Terrance said. “We don’t have any other choice.”
“Look –” Thomas hesitated. “This isn’t all on me you know. I’ve already told you. I don’t know jack shit about trucks or engines. I’m sure as hell not a mechanic.”
“It’ll be fine,” Peg said.
“We all know there’s nothing I can do to fix that truck.” Thomas was shaking his head. “She’s going to figure out that something’s up. What if she starts asking questions?”
“Stall her,” Terrance said. “We just have to keep her busy for a little while. Remember, whatever it takes.”
“But, what about –” Carol had tears welling up.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Terrance said. “We’ve all been through this before.” He looked at Thomas. “Just take a deep breath and relax.”
“Relax my ass,” Thomas said. “Save that bullshit for her, okay?”
“Just keep her occupied in the garage as long as you possibly can. She’s focused right now on getting her truck fixed, so use that.”
“Whatever you say.” Thomas pushed off the door frame and let the door close behind him.
“It’s not going to work,” Carol said. “She’ll figure out something is wrong and that will be it.”
Terrance put his hand on Carol’s arm, gently trying to reassure her.
“It’ll work, Carol,” he said. “Have faith. It’ll work. Whatever it takes.”
Buy my book Seeking Light Aurora to find out what in the world is going on at this strange, out of the way diner in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness!
But, you better strap in, because this is definitely not child’s play. People are getting hurt right and left – it just might be you next!