Virtual Reality Faith

My son-in-law bought a virtual reality gaming system. After playing on it a few times, I found the experience exhilarating. I became lost in a world of sights and sounds as I surveyed the scenes as they appeared before me. As a result, I reached out to touch items that were not there. Also, I turned to look all around me as I gazed at the visions that only existed on a screen in the living room. However, the situation felt disorienting as I tried to lean on a table that was not real or when the cord wrapped around my feet, and I stumbled.

Benefits

I believe the world of virtual reality (VR) holds many upsides. For example, VR offers the freedom to explore the world for a housebound person. For instance, they could travel to faraway lands and experience the sights and sounds of exotic spots through these systems without leaving home. Additionally, someone might fly to the top of Mt. Everest from the comfort of their home without spending a dime. And they do so without the worry of frostbite. Or, some could travel to the deepest recesses of space or the ocean’s depths and still find time to make dinner for the family. The possibilities appear endless.

Limits

Virtual reality also has its limits. The VR world only uses two of our five senses; sight and hearing. Because we miss out on using our sense of smell, touch, and taste, these experiences feel empty. When I played with the system, I saw, but I could not touch anything, so my mind conceded the encounter was not real. The activity left me with a feeling of incompleteness.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1

Virtual Reality Faith

As Christians, do we pass through this life as if we are in a virtual reality world? For instance, we see the people around us, but we do not experience life with them. Or, we notice and hear their pain and suffering, but we do not reach out to touch them. And, do we try to lean on our own understanding, then stumble without Christ. Indeed, the troubles of this world wrap around our feet and trip us up. If we let it, this world seems disorienting to our walk with Christ.

As Christians, do we pass through this life as if we are in a virtual reality world? For instance, we see the people around us, but we do not experience life with them. Click To Tweet

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.”

Romans 1:25

Finally

Hebrews 11:1 reminds us that our faith is an actual reality, not a virtual one. We find assurance in things unseen. Many around us only view Christ as imaginary while never perceiving the truth of Him or His existence. Furthermore, Romans 1:25 explains that many have exchanged God’s reality to worship things that are not real. Indeed, we are called to share the real truth of Christ with them. Also, we need to share the truth of Christ to those lost in a virtual world of brokenness. VR may be useful for entertainment purposes, but it is not an acceptable method for reaching others in our Christian walk. Real-life requires us to feel and touch in addition to hearing and seeing. Therefore, we must help others to experience Christ in a real-life way. 

Many around us only view Christ as imaginary while never perceiving the truth of Him or His existence. Indeed, we are called to share the real truth of Christ with them. Click To Tweet

Prayer

Heavenly Father. Thank you for the many blessings Your hand provides. Thank you for technology that entertains as well as many other uses. Help me remember that life is more than a virtual world and that You are more than just a virtual God. Show me how to share the real You with others. In Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen.

Blessings,

Yvonne M. Morgan, author, blogger, and speaker.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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22 thoughts on “Virtual Reality Faith

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    I pray I don’t miss a moment of God’s love and presence. Instead of focusing on me, I want to focus on Him.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen to that Melissa. I want my focus on Christ always. Thanks and God bless

  2. Yvonne, I found this post very interesting. I don’t know much at all about virtual reality games. I’ve even been skeptical and never had the desire to experience one. But you did offer some positives which I’d never considered – allowing home bound people the opportunity to experience more than their 4 walls. Thank you also for pointing out that a life serving the Lord is real and not virtual.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much June. If you get the chance, you should try it. It was fun. God bless

  3. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Technology offers so many options today, but like June, I’ve never had the desire to play with VR.
    Then again, with all that’s going on in our world, our culture is feeling more and more like VR!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes it is Ava. Things do feel very unreal at times these days. I appreciate you commenting. Thanks and God bless

  4. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    I remember a discussion in a college class about how we sometimes consider things we see on television as more real that what is around us. I like your proposal of VR as beneficial for those who are housebound. Sometimes we don’t see the upside for the downside. But the downside should be a caution to the rest of us. Great post, Yvonne. God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. Like so many things, they can have good uses as well as bad ones. As long as we stay connected to God, we will know the right way. God bless.

  5. Absolutely spot on, Yvonne. I don’t want to float through life or not truly experience what it means to be human and all-in. But as I walk through life I keep one eye on eternity.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen. The best way to go through life. Thanks Jessica and God bless

  6. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    This is a powerful analogy, Yvonne. The VR scenario is not real, and though our lives are indeed real, we can walk through our lives without touching and experiencing life to the full, life in service to others, life walking side by side with Christ Jesus, our Creator and Sustainer. What a fake life that would be! What all we would be missing! Great post!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda. I think many walk through life today in this kind of fake world. It saddens me to it. I pray we can each shine God’s light to show the way. God bless.

  7. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Q

    Virtual reality glasses kind of freak me out. I, too, see that there’s sure to be benefits, but knowing the sinful nature of people, the abuses of such technology will also be the downside of it. So, more reasons to pray!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes, we do have so many more reasons to prayers these days. If only more people would pray, we might see a change in our society. Thanks Lisa and God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too. Ours is a living and active faith. Thanks Karen and God bless

  8. Such an interesting analogy. I have never played virtual games. I like how you connect it to our virtual faith. Jesus is so real and many miss him. It is, as you say, our responsibility to help others experience him in tangible ways. Great insight!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Marcie. I appreciate your thoughts on my blog. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Exactly. Thanks Candice and God bless

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    virtual reality and augmented reality services

    This is a wonderful point of view i think it will helps me a lot. Happy to read such an appropriate concept.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much. God bless

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