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The 'God' Program - by John Prytz

By, or just explaining Life, the Universe and Everythingwith "God done it" is just substituting one mystery by appealing toan even bigger mystery. Just saying "God done it" has no actualexplanatory power. On the other hand, explaining Life, the Universe andEverything as a computer software program, a 'God' Program as it were, can accountfor any and all anomalies. With software all things are possible - evenexplaining God. 


According to one theist of my online acquaintance, if Godknows every possible outcome and what He will do in each case, then there areno surprises ... since a being who knows the entire flowchart doesn't need tothink or contemplate.


That raised an interesting scenario for me.


"If God knows every possible outcome and what Hewill do in each case..."


The phrase "what He will do" requires Hisactual thought, contemplation and decision-making. Otherwise one is justsuggesting that God is a pre-programmed robot who will automatically respondand do A if B and C if not-B and so on and so on. Every possibility is in God's'brain' not because God deduced all possibilities through thought andcontemplation and reason and deduction but because of this pre-programmed chipwhich is pre-programmed with all possible scenarios and all reactions to eachand every possibility thus eliminating any requirement for thinking and deliberationand contemplation and decision-making. In other words, God is akin to thatcomputer that finally defeated the human chess champion because the computerknew - in the same way my theist friend says God knows - every possible movethe human could make and what to do to counter those moves. The computer hadthe chess flowchart mapped out. God is a computer! That's really exactly whatthis theist was saying, or rather suggesting. The evidence...


"...since a being who knows the entire flowchartdoesn't need to think or contemplate" seems to verify my premise. Thewords of a theist verifies my premise!


If God knows every possible scenario - the outline of themaster flowchart that incorporates all possible flowcharts - then there is nofree will involved, just determinism. A computer software program isdeterministic; there is no free will involved.


Let's take a closer look!


God - assuming there actually is a God of course - may ormay not know the absolute future, but one could argue that God must know thefuture because He set the absolutely deterministic laws, principles andrelationships inherent in and of the physical sciences. Causality is absolute.If X today, then Y tomorrow. However, there's one nasty can of worms, a loosecannon, in that deterministic scenario - free will.


It has been claimed that God knows the absolute futureother than what those nasty free-willed humans (and many animals) can and willdo. However, God does know every possible scenario that all of thosefree-willed humans (and animals) can or will do. God knows all of thefree-willed human (and animal) flowcharts and thus can cater before-the-fact todeal with whatever scenario eventuates. That struck me as equivalent as thecomputer program that defeated the human chess champion. That computer softwareprogram knew the entire flowchart of every possible move the human chesschampion could make and thus how to counteract each and every possible humanmove. So, God is akin to a computer, or better yet a computer software program.


At first I thought that equating God with a computer wasbrilliant but I was wrong about equating God with a computer. God isn't thecomputer. God is just the actual computer software program that runs thevirtual reality 'game' that we call Life, the Universe and Everything. Let'sjust call this the 'God' Program, the computer software program that can dealwith all of those free will possibilities or scenarios. In a computer / videogame, the computer software program 'knows' the entire possible game flowchartand has to cater for all possible scenarios generated by the free-willed humanplayer(s). But note that there's nothing supernatural about a computer softwareprogram and thus if God is akin to a computer software program then there'snothing supernatural about God. 


So the question is not how is God the creator but ratherhow was God the created? Here's a scenario. It's the year 2525 and highlytechnologically advanced beings (probably human) have created the most advancedand sophisticated computer software program yet achieved, which they call 'God'(or maybe the "God' Program) and this 'God' Program creates and controls avirtual reality landscape called Life, the Universe and Everything. We,including you and I, are just 'existing' as part of what we perceive as ourreally real 2017 reality but actual we 'exist' in that 'God' generated virtual2017 reality landscape - 2017 being part of the 'God'-generated simulation.That virtual reality landscape called Life, the Universe and Everything works.Again, there's nothing supernatural about it.


But a computer software program - the 'God' Program -requires a creator. Humans are that creator, therefore 'God' was created in ourimage so to speak.


So the question is, a variation on a previous theme, whoor what actually wrote the computer software program, the 'God' Program? Butwhatever who or what programmed the 'God' Program, that programmer(s) yet againdoesn't have to be supernatural even if the programmer(s) are so highlytechnologically advanced that they might appear to be magical or supernatural -Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law.


Dropping down one level, we're not supernatural yet weprogram our video / computer games through our creative abilities and perhapsthose video / computer game characters we have created might view us assupernatural, and of course they would be incorrect. One might see a parallelhere with some of our current religions.   


It is often claimed that God 'exists' in a timeless andchangeless state which is absolute rubbish IMHO since the very act of originalthough requires a temporal existence and a temporal existence requires change.


But, a computer software program - the 'God' Program -isn't of course timeless and it isn't changeless and it doesn't exist in atimeless or changeless state of existence. Yet it doesn't think, decide,ponder, deliberate or whatever other synonyms you care to use.


Backing up again one level, here's a practicalapplication of the 'God' Program. Now if you are willing to accept based on onebook's texts, that hundreds of people claimed they saw a supernatural Jesus(before, during and after) even though there is no independent verification ofany of this that you yourself could make by yourself and for yourself regardingthose supernatural claims, and yet you are (probably) not willing to accept the(usually way more recent) testimony of millions of people over thousands ofyears who have witnessed other (it can't be therefore it isn't vs. I know whatI saw) anomalies - ghosts, dragons, fairies, aliens, Bigfoot, etc. - thenthat's a double standard. One is no more credible than the other. But both canbe assimilated into the 'God' Program (or in more common parlance, theSimulation Hypothesis) without any problem.


Here's another variation on that scenario or theme. If weare virtual beings 'existing' in a computer software program - the 'God'Program - that has generated our simulated landscape called Life, the Universeand Everything then there is no reason why all mythological beings, fromdragons to Horus; from leprechauns to Odin; from fairies to Apollo, couldn'thave also 'existed' albeit virtually. What software can bring into existence,software can terminate. That equally applies to all of the alleged events andcharacters in the Bible, including the supernatural beings - angels, demons, aswell as the Trinity itself. Further, it easily accounts for any and allsupernatural events or miracles related in Biblical texts, like the Sun and theMoon standing still in the sky; the creation of a woman from a male rib; Jonahin the 'whale' living to tell the tale; or the various accounts of what amountsto pure alchemy. With computer software programs, all things are virtuallypossible.  


Dropping down one level yet again, there aremythological-themed computer / video games you can buy today that featureghosts, pixies, dragons, unicorns, flying horses, as well as Thor, Zeus, etc.Actually I wouldn't be surprised if someone, somewhere hadn't created a video /computer game featuring Jesus and company. 

Science librarian; retired.

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