God the Divine Programmer

The invention of computers and the programs that run on them provide us humans with a good analogy of how God created the Universe and has supervised its subsequent development.

Within the confines of a given coding language, a computer programmer has the freedom to decide what kind of program or world one will create. In the case of the computer-generated virtual realities that have multiplied in recent years, these primarily visual and auditory worlds allow humans to interact with each other, or with the created reality of the program or game, via the medium of the programmer’s code. There are several features of computer programs that I believe can help humans better understand the relationship between God and Its Creation, namely the Universe and Life on Earth. First, just as the human programmer does not exist in the world that one creates, neither does God exist in the Universe It has created; but even so, just as the human programmer can intervene whenever and wherever one chooses to do so, God can also intervene in the Universe whenever and wherever It chooses to do so. In the case of God’s interventions in the Universe, and more specifically on the Earth, these interventions are manifestations of God’s existence. Second, just as the human programmer sets the rules and regularities that determine the nature, contents, and possibilities of the world or program that one creates, God sets the rules and regularities that determine the way things unfold, as well as the kinds of things and the possibilities that exist in our Universe. The existence of these rules means that the computer programmer most certain does not interact with every user, and neither does one have to intervene at every moment in order to determine how things will occur or unfold in one’s created world, or for things to continue existing. Similarly, in God’s case, the existence of natural laws and regularly-occurring processes, many of which have been fashioned by God, means that God does not interact with every living organism or object in Its Creation, and neither does It intervene in everything that happens in the Universe so that these events proceed in an orderly fashion, according to Its will. Third, just as the human programmer can make changes whenever and wherever one chooses or decides is expedient, while taking into consideration the already existing code, God can make changes whenever and wherever It chooses or decides is expedient, while taking into consideration the laws that it has previously promulgated for Its Creation. Like computer programmers, God also writes code; but Its code is called natural or scientific laws by human beings.

There are also similarities between the characters that exist in these computer-generated virtual realities and living organisms – in particular human beings, since it is doubtful whether other organisms are aware of God – in God’s created Reality. If you were a computer-generated image that exists in a computer program, you would not be aware of either the programmer or the program’s code and the changes that are made to it periodically by the programmer. All you would see and experience are the effects and restrictions of the code and any later changes made to it. If you were an intelligent creature like us humans, you might try to develop a theory to explain these conditions, while trying to detect regularities in the way your world operates. By doing so, you would perhaps discover the computer programmer’s rules, according to which things happen in your world and the possibilities that are available to you. The many humans who call themselves atheists or agnostics are like computer-generated images or entities that are not aware of the existence of the programmer, or dogmatically insist that their world and everything in it arose and developed by chance, in accordance with the “natural” laws that govern its development and have given their world its particular features and order.

There are many things that humans living today know which people in the past didn’t know. These things are both positive and negative: the positive things are contained in the various fields of study, such as the different fields of science, while the negative things are realizations that many of the superstitious beliefs held by humans in the past are wrong, such as the widespread belief that thunder and lightning – which were terrifying spectacles for humans who lived in rudimentary shelters that were not protected and insulated from the elements – were manifestations of God’s anger, or that devastating, unusual, or calamitous events like storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, eclipses, famines, droughts, pestilences, and birth defects were the result of having disobeyed or displeased God in some way. But even so, superstitions still abound in our so-called modern age. The many physicists and astrophysicists who believe in the existence of multiverses is an example. Another example is the widespread belief in the reality of market capitalization – that the speculative buying and selling of stock shares actually creates wealth, when all that is happening in these speculative transactions is that money is being transferred from one person to another, just as occurs in a game of chance and skill like poker. The primary scientific superstition at the present time is the nonsensical belief that both the Universe and Life on Earth arose from fortuitous occurrences in accordance with the Laws of Nature.

In my opinion, future ages of human beings will laugh at the many scientific simpletons who presently believe that the Universe and everything it contains, including Life on Earth, arose and developed solely in accordance with rigid or unvarying natural laws and processes. It is time for humanity – at least that portion of humanity that has accepted the nonsense spouted by that fool of a philosopher named Friedrich Nietzsche that “God is dead” – to give back to God the rightful place that It has always occupied in relation to Its Creation: God is the Creator of both the Universe and of Life on Earth, without whose actions, decisions, and interventions neither of these things would exist. However, the many religious simpletons must recognize that it is science, and not the simplistic and erroneous creation stories contained in so-called holy works like the Bible, that correctly explains exactly how God fashioned the Universe and Life on Earth. This is the synthesis that humans who are living today are privileged to understand, provided their brains are not prevented from doing so by the rigid laws of human logic or by their contempt towards either of these two seemingly contradictory views about how the Universe, and Life on Earth, arose and developed.