We humans love short cuts! We want what we cannot have and we want it now! We’re never content, we always want more, and we’re extremely self-centered. So it was only a matter of time before someone would come up with a shortcut for life. In this world of computers, is it any surprise that we can now have the life of our dreams? Our own paradise if you will?
The devil hasn’t really changed his strategy much in the many years we’ve been on this earth. He doesn’t have to. His strategy works really well..anything but God’s way. Through the media he tells us we must look this way, talk like this and do things a certain way in order to be accepted. It causes us to focus on ourselves. He keeps us focused on ourselves by feeding into our egos. Give the people what they want, and they will forget about God, they will forget about life in general, they will forget about each other.
It is, after all, the century of self.
The battlefield is... the mind.
The epitome of this is Second Life, a new virtual game. There are 2.5 million registered users to date. According to the site, Second life is a free online virtual world imagined and created by its residents, where you’ll discover a fast-growing digital world filled with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity. It is a chance at a second life. Fifth Estate covered two women who became addicted to this game because it offered so much more than their real lives. I mean, who wants to do laundry, cook, clean and look after others day after day (tongue in cheek)? The one woman, married with four children, left her family to meet her virtual partner in England. The second woman of two is divorced. She believes her virtual lover is her soul mate, and is looking for him in real life.
The game offers new life in a virtual setting. In this virtual world you can look like you’ve always wanted to look; be anyone you want to be; have anything and do anything you want. You create an avatar of yourself and create your own paradise. There are no rules, no limits. It is a world that stimulates your mind. Though their basic plan is free, their premium plan can be accessed for as little as $6 a week. Then there’s land purchase and land maintenance, if you so desire (plus tax of course). The fantasy turns into a reality in your mind, holding you captive to it. Though you feel like you’re living in paradise, your very “real” bills are piling up from neglect, along with your housework, your marriage, and your life.Oh, you mean there’s a cost?
There is actually a website dedicated to people who have a loved one who is addicted to gaming. It boasts 4000 members, and goes by the name Gamerwidow.com. When you check out this site, you realize that Second Life is just one game that is of concern. There are many others.
So why am I telling you this? God created humanity for fellowship. By nature, we seek it out on many levels; social organizations, sports, hobbies, politics, and even virtual games. But the greatest form of fellowship, and the one we all need, is a relationship with God which also holds the promise of eternal life. There is no shortcut to this kind of paradise.
I’ve always seen our lives on this earth as a type of schooling. This is the place we learn and grow to be all that God has created us to be. We become fools when we allow the devil to transport us into his virtual form of life, which is really merely darkness masquerading as paradise.
In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.Until next time,