I think it was Socrates who once said that this world is just an illusion. What is real and what is not? Is our universe just a computerized program that merely seems real? Over the past couple of centuries, scientists have discovered that everything is comprised of just over a hundred elements. For example, water is comprised of a combination of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Water looks and feels real enough, but when broken down into elements, its atoms are comprised of electrons, protons and neutrons! Are they only computer-type “programs” containing some kind of programming language that creates the various elements?
When we think of computer programs, we think of either a bunch of zeros and ones, “01010101,” or a software language that tells the zeros and ones how to interact within the computer-bound world of electrons. Computer programs are comprised entirely of electrons. What the computer does not have access to, are protons and neutrons. However, if protons and neutrons were available, then perhaps computers could produce the same elements that presently make up our universe. Maybe they could generate something like the Holidek in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek series.
Long before Socrates came on the scene, early Jewish scholars studied the first chapter of Genesis that tells us where everything came from. They read, “And God said, Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3), and concluded that God made the universe with some kind of language, and that everything is produced out of a metaphysical substance called “light.” Furthermore, the Apostle John introduced Jesus as the “Word” of Creation: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4).
The author of Hebrews 11:3 wrote: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
Was our universe created with a Divine programming language? Did God simply program the laws of thermodynamics to allow all things to deteriorate (or run down) as they currently do? Will God merely reprogram the universe someday? Is this how God is going to create “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (II Pet. 3:13) — a new universe that will never run down?
The more scientists learn about the basic building blocks of our universe, the more convinced they become that a Designer planned it all. Some still stubbornly hold to the Darwinian theory of natural selection, but Dr. Francis Crick, discoverer of the double-helix DNA has concluded that the human genome is so complicated, it could not have merely come into existence accidentally. Of course, being a lifelong advocate of evolution, he cannot bring himself to think in terms of “God” so he set forth the “Panspermia” theory that some space voyagers seeded our planet with its various life forms.
If DNA is the product of some ancient “intelligence” then the basic building blocks of DNA — called “atoms” — also have to be the product of that same “intelligence.” Strands of DNA are comprised of atoms. The programming of the atom may be on a much deeper level than the computer programming of Microsoft, Unix or MacIntosh, but they seem to have similar characteristics, nevertheless.
When Jesus healed the blinded eyes, straightened the bones of the lame, and cured the leper, He was working on the molecular or subatomic level. He merely spoke their healing into existence. In fact, Jesus said that one day, the dead would hear His voice! (John 5:28). When Jesus walked on water or walked through walls, He may have been manipulating the elements. When Jesus read men’s minds and knew what they were thinking (John 6:61), He may have been in control of the technology that connected the human brain with His own.
Someday, we will leave this world, either through death or by translation, and enter the realm of heaven. When we get there, we may find that heaven is more real than this present world. Our soul/spirit may not be a ghost after all. We may learn that our intelligence, emotion and sense of existence are not ghostly after all. Many people have asked about what kind of bodies will we have in heaven? To be sure, we will have real bodies in heaven. They may be more substantial than the ones we have now.