If this be a sim, the Bible contains the cheat codes.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
It’s frightening and fun to think we may be living inside a simulation — and thus, not real, not real as we understand real.
The Bible cultivates this fearful supposition.
Genesis, 1:2: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.”
Without form. Void. Think, your video game before it was powered on, before any 1s, 0s, before it is compiled.
Genesis, 1:11: “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”
A simulation? The Bible allows for this!
God said, God made, God let, but also…
Genesis, 2:8: “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.”
I cannot be the only one to notice that the book of Genesis offers an uncanny description not of coding, not of programming, but of running a simulation.
Which, really, is the entire point of a sim.
Genesis, 1:27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
In his own image!
I know, you don’t believe, you think this book was written by a vain human, one incapable of viewing God as anything but human-like, because human-like elevates human, and thus this mythical god must be us, only more so. But it’s also exactly what a — life — running a sim would do.
But you persist. It’s merely fables. Tall tales. Oral traditions. Fantasy!
Wrong: Your retort is merely what you want to believe.
Genesis, 2:1: “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished.”
Means nothing, you exclaim. The people back then were unaware of evolution, unfamiliar with change, unaware of the long arc of time! They naturally assumed everything was finished.
Genesis, 2:5: “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”
The Genesis story, whichever translation you prefer, doesn’t read like a fable, nor a tall tale, nor story, nor a narrative, nor myth, not even as news or a diary entry. More shocking still is that this narrative isn’t even speaking to us — us humans which the story is ostensibly for — but rather reads like the backstory of a video game.
Do not click through this.
Genesis, 2:8: “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
If this be a sim, where does the sim start?
That’s where he placed man.
Genesis, 2:15: “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
To dress it and keep it. Our role as sims!
Genesis, 2:19: “And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.”
Name everything you see. Sim work!
Now recall that we were cast out of Eden for eating from a tree which, per the Bible, God says was not for him, not for the other “gods,” not for the beasts or fishes, and absolutely not for humans. Who was it for? Is finding out our alt purpose?
Genesis, 3:5: “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Take from this tree and you become self-aware.
Is creating the technology — or the AI or nanobot or other yet-unimagined ‘life’ form — which then gains self-awareness our purpose?
Or is that still the purview of God?
When we took from the tree did that forever deny or merely delay the dawn of self awareness of what is to follow humans?
I wish to find out.
How do I jump to that level?
3:24: “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
Cherubim and a flashing sword are guarding Eden! That’s exactly what a sim maker would put there!
If this be a sim, then maybe nothing matters, and equal to nothing mattering is that the entire world can be re-written. It’s frightening and fun to realize that we now possess the means!
If this is the start of the new of everything, what world do you imagine?