The following essay was originally published at the Frozen North.
The Sinister Potential of Virtual Reality
by Nick McAvelly
July 10, 2017
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12)
There have been several technology conferences around the world recently, in Spain, China and South Korea. According to the people giving talks at those conferences, the possibility of creating a globally accessible virtual reality is right around the corner. We all need to think about what this means.
I will suppose, then, not that Deity, who is sovereignly good and the fountain of truth, but that some malignant demon, who is at once exceedingly potent and deceitful, has employed all his artifice to deceive me; I will suppose that the sky, the air, the earth, colors, figures, sounds, and all external things, are nothing better than the illusions of dreams, by means of which this being has laid snares for my credulity… (Descartes, Meditations)
Men are so simple-minded and so controlled by their immediate needs that he who deceives will always find someone who will let himself be deceived. (Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter 18.)
There have always been human beings willing to adopt the role of an evil demon, who had it in their power to deceive others. And history shows us that there have been no shortage of people willing to follow such individuals. Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, for example, did not fight against one another to settle the matter of the Second World War. Other people had to die on the Eastern Front to achieve that. One man could have put a bullet in Adolf’s brain, or blown the so-called “man of steel” to bits, but instead, millions of human beings followed these two masters of deception into a war of unprecedented death and destruction.
If the technology exists to create a virtual reality that will be run according to the rules of its creators, with no necessary reliance on Judeo-Christian morality, then you can be sure that evil people will get involved in that project and use it for their own ends. And there will be no shortage of people who will allow themselves to be deceived. Like a detached brain floating in a vat, they will allow the creators of the new virtual reality to flood their minds with signals and stimuli, and the resulting psychological experiences will be given primacy over their old life.
How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14: 12-14)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
The adversary has always had the desire to be worshipped like God. With the creation of a global VR system, the adversary can exist in a counterfeit reality, where willing subjects give him the power to control their consciousness. A false messiah can be encoded into that reality, and if anyone does not worship this being and recognise him as the ruler of their consciousness, then they can be cast out of the new virtual reality to exist only on the flat plane of their old life. Users of the new system will not risk that, because the forthcoming virtual reality will be the most addictive thing there has ever been. Anyone who rejects the truth and chooses to exist as a brain in a vat, by living in a micro-apartment and plugging their own consciousness into the new virtual reality, will have lying wonders channelled into their mind that will satisfy their every desire, no matter what those desires may be.
As time passes, the initial thrill and satisfaction of having virtual sex with porn stars and virtually shooting people they don’t like will wear off, and users of the new VR system will become jaded. The creators of the new reality can then open new doors to the system’s users, who will end up having more and more deviant psychological experiences until they finally become the most twisted, morally corrupt people who have ever lived. There will be absolutely no barriers, legal or moral, to what the system’s users will be able to experience within their own minds.
The users of this unrighteous deception will not only become morally corrupted, so that they cannot function normally in the “old” reality any more, they will be in thrall to their false messiah. The creation of a global virtual reality will lead to the creation of an army of amoral beings, who can commit the most heinous acts in the name of their virtual Führer. And we can expect these Satanic soldiers to be temporarily disconnected from the global virtual reality and sent on missions here in the real world, before being allowed to reconnect their consciousness back into the virtual reality at a higher level. We have already seen human beings whose minds have been taken over by Satanically inspired teachings shooting people, beheading people, and blowing young girls up with suicide belts loaded up with rusty nails. The creation of a global virtual reality will only enhance the ability of the prince of the power of the air to deceive human beings, and bend them to his will. That will inevitably lead to a time of anti-Christian persecution around the world, the likes of which has never been seen before.
The creation of a globally accessible virtual reality will therefore be a hugely significant event. This addictive product has the potential to make its owners wealthier and more powerful than anyone in human history. The new VR system may be marketed by emphasising its peripheral benefits, but once it is established it has the potential to serve a dark purpose. As the American writer Lyn Leahz has pointed out, the truth leads to conviction, which leads to repentance, which leads to salvation. The establishment of a virtual reality will allow people to live a counterfeit life instead of dealing in the truth, so that any further steps on that spiritual path are impossible. The users of the new VR system risk not only losing control of their own consciousnesses, which in literal terms means losing their minds. They could find that their souls have been shanghaied and they are trapped in a living hell where it will finally, and most cruelly, be revealed to them that the virtual reality they willingly participated in has become a means to an end. That end is the psychological and spiritual enslavement of all of humanity, a fate which they cannot escape.