Key Thought for this session:
“Ultimately I can go only one of two ways — which path do I take?”
Now, Ian communicated some thoughts he had on the topic of Reality.
Let’s look at what he had to say:
“I am a Christian. I believe the Bible is the Word of God. And I agree that the Bible teaches that God is beyond our understanding. He is infinite in terms of time (eternal), space (omnipresence), and knowledge (omniscience). Since I am finite, I do not pretend to know everything about God. He is truly incomprehensible.
“I think it is an evidence of pride when someone thinks they have a handle on reality. God transcends reality. And therefore, reality is whatever God wants it to be at any time. This life as we perceive it may actually be ever-changing at any moment. Everything we see could all be a figment of God’s imagination and change constantly. Who are we to say that reality is as we perceive it?
“There was a movie that came out years ago that tried to demonstrate this. I can’t remember the name of it. But it generally reflected what I’m trying to say. In the movie, all of reality was simply a perception shared by human beings in what was basically a computer program (some kind of an artificial intelligence). True reality existed outside of their perception. I would be quick to emphasize that since God can do anything He imagines, reality can be ever-changing.”
OK, this is a common view about God you likely face these days. How should you respond? Maybe you agree, but if you feel uneasy about what Ian is saying, how could you challenge him? Take a moment and think through the questions below that might give you some ideas about how to help Ian see this issue from a column B perspective.