Virtual Reality

Thought this was interesting:

So to put it in round numbers, over the next two decades, there is likely to be about a one-hundred fold increase in the amount of available computation capacity. Therefore, anything that can be done with computation will get significantly better, cheaper, and lighter. Robots and machines will become faster and more skillful. Mobile phones/computers will be lighter and have better screens. Cameras will be smaller and much more pervasive and the software for processing their images will be much more powerful. Games and movies will have much better and more realistic animation. Video-conferencing will be much higher quality.

In short, as the physical environment continues to slowly degrade, the virtual environment is likely to get much better. I imagine that will lead people to spend more and more time in the virtual environment.Source

Technology saves time and has raised the standard of living. We can be thankful for this but that last paragraph scares me a little. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to become a part of that trend. Although more subtle and less destructive than drugs, it is also more pervasive and difficult to resist.

Miracles and Evidence

Paraphrased from Sir Robert Anderson “The Silence of God”:

Like Nicodemus, we cannot reason our way into the Kingdom of God. We must be born again.

Peter, an apostle of Christ, and acquainted with the miraculous, wrote “we are born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” It is through the divine Word that we come to know God.

Revelation validates miracles and not vice versa. The apostle Paul wrote, even if an angel from heaven should speak a different Gospel, let him be cursed!

The evidence of miracles is subordinate to the testimony of Scripture.

The evidential value of revelation; an analogy:

An undercover agent is sent on a mission into a foreign country on a mission. His instructions are that he is to enter the country and await an envoy who will provide him with the details of his mission. How is he to know whether the envoy is credentialed? The agent is given a piece of paper that has been torn in half. The envoy will carry the other half.

Jesus is the anti-type to every type in the OT.

“The question, then, is not whether a revelation can be accredited by external evidence, but whether such evidence can avail to accredit a person whose coming has been foretold. And this no accurate thinker would for a moment dispute” A.T.R.