[Excerpt from IS JESUS “GOD”? Copyright © 2017 Edward K. Watson. All rights reserved. Section 6.8.]

 

All philosophical objections to the Bible’s claims can be resolved by addressing a simple question:

What does God value?

We humans have different values for things. What is more valuable, two ounces of 24 karat gold, or a Rolex watch? Why is a smartphone ten times more valuable than the price of the components it is made of? Why is the Mona Lisa a billion times more valuable than the material it is made of? Why can a data storage medium be a trillion times more valuable than the material it is made of?

We may not believe it, but just because we think something is valuable or priceless does not mean God thinks the same.

God sent his Son to suffer and die for mankind for a reason. Jesus became human flesh and died for us for a reason. He was resurrected and permanently joined the God and Man natures for a reason.

The question that is always ignored is “Why?” If the Bible is true, why did God love humanity so much that he had his Son become a sacrifice for mankind? Why did Jesus agree to suffer and die for mankind—something that terrified the creator of the universe so badly that he needed an angel to encourage him to go through with it? (Luke 22:42-44)

Humanity is obviously supremely important to God, and he may simply not care about material things. He may not care for planets or even entire galaxies. Perhaps he considers the worth of a single soul to be more valuable than an entire galactic supercluster? Perhaps his glory is giving us eternal life instead of this vast universe?

The Incarnation, Atonement, and Resurrection of Jesus do not make sense unless God and his Son’s motivations are due to kinship instead of just a creator-creation relationship.

If humans are God’s glory because we are literally God’s spirit offspring in some fashion (Acts 17:29; Heb 12:9-10; Matt 5:48; 6:9 – see Section 6.9); then the Bible’s apex doctrine (the Son of God died for mankind) makes sense, and the universe is an incubator that exists for the express purpose of providing the materials and environment needed for human life to occur. This would then explain the Fermi Paradox, and clarify why the universe seems fine-tuned for life.[1] This may also be why there appears to be tantalizing hints at the smallest and largest scales of physical reality that we’re living in a simulation, or this is just a flatland of genuine reality.[2]

Furthermore, humans are the greatest perceptible things we know of. Our brains are stunning,[3] and, as far as we can tell, are the most complex and efficient machines in the universe. We get mesmerized observing vistas and sunsets. We practice selfless altruism, develop art, language and writing, master abstract thought and mathematical concepts, develop science, and are about to integrate technology into our bodies and enhance our minds, making us even better and accelerating our intelligence.[4]

We don’t think we’re special because we’ve been conditioned by society and our culture that we’re not important. That we’re just another animal. We see how insignificant Earth is in comparison to the observable universe, and assume that means we too are inconsequential.

We forget that just because a crib is tiny in comparison to the mansion it’s in doesn’t mean the baby in that crib is unimportant to the parent who owns the mansion.

We have been spoiled by abundance—after all, there’s around seven and a half billion of us, and we see some of us behaving badly every day. But this doesn’t detract from the fact that humans are truly remarkable as a species, and there’s nothing that can even come close to how unique we are and how superior we are to every other life form (see Section 7.2).

But, if humans are just creations, it does not matter how superior we are. We’re still creations, and it wouldn’t make sense for Jesus to become human flesh and die for us to join us to God, any more than it would make sense for me to sacrifice a son for the sake of some video game characters.

 

[1] The universe seems fine-tuned to allow life to form. If just one of dozens of physical constants were fractionally different, in some cases, just a millionth or a billionth less or greater that what they are; the universe as we know it and life itself cannot exist.

This fine-tuning and the earth’s geologic record that shows the existence of life dating back to at least 3.8 billion years, makes it appear likely the universe is teeming with simple and complex life, despite the current absence of evidence and notwithstanding synthetic chemists cannot explain how life can arise from non-life.

[2] Quantum entanglement, both spatial and temporal; T invariance; still incomplete Standard Model; and the double-slit experiment (as well as other very odd experiments) means we still don’t truly understand the fundamental structure of the universe. The Quantum Field Theory (QFT) and its gauge theories strive to harmonize and explain why things are the way they are. But we may not know for sure until we create a true unified field theory that unites both electromagnetism and gravity—a feat Einstein himself failed to do despite decades of effort.

If we are in a VR world, how can we know? If we find pixels at the smallest scale, we’ll know without a doubt this universe is a VR world but other than that, we cannot discount the possibility. If this is a basement universe and other universes exist outside it (i.e., the multiverse), how can we know? The nature of the subject means it is possible to prove it by the detection of right-angle grids at the smallest scale or by the detection of other universes but is inherently impossible to disprove. Also, for the sake of argument, how can anyone say for sure that they are not just a brain in a jar, and everything they experience are just data inputs?

[3] Genetics is an exciting field, especially with the development of CRISPR-Cas9, which has allowed us to manipulate genes with unprecedented accuracy. A decade after the human genome has been mapped and all chromosomes sequenced; we’re still scratching the surface of who we are genetically. One thing we do know now is there isn’t one or two or a handful of genes that explains intelligence. There are actually dozens, perhaps hundreds of genes that need to be manipulated in order to affect intelligence.

If it is just one or two genes that account for intelligence, it will be possible to claim the sudden increase in intelligence within humans 50,000 or so years ago was the result of natural and random chance. But when dozens or hundreds of genes need to be modified so that the next generation can appreciate markings on a cave wall or strategize to take down dangerous predators; is it more likely something external caused the intelligence explosion that heralded the arrival of modern man?

[4] We’re on the cusp of another intelligence inflection point that is promising to be even more drastic than what made modern man different from all other species. This exponential increase in intelligence is going to occur thanks to the external forces of nootropics, genetic engineering, brain prosthetics, computer-brain interfaces, and integration with AI.

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