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Could the augmented reality of Pokémon Go have a spiritual lesson for us?

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[Steve Myers] Pokémon Go is the latest rage in the gaming app world, for your iPhone or your Android. It works – it’s an augmented reality game. So I’m standing outside the home office of the United Church of God because this is one of the geo-locations that are actually used in the game. So they use the rock, they use the building as a gym in this game, this augmented reality game. Now, I had to look that phrase up because I’d never heard of “augmented reality” before. In fact, it’s described as a live, direct, or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS data. Early versions of this you might see in a football game where they put the first down mark across that field. That’s augmented reality.

Well, Pokémon Go uses little creatures in the real world. And so it’s supposed to get kids out and play and walk and exercise out of the house. Now, the interesting part of this is they say that the AR – the augmented reality – enhances your perception of reality. But let me tell you something that really enhances your perception of reality. It’s the reality of the spirit world. Now, you don’t see the spirit world, just like people who aren’t playing Pokémon Go can’t really understand why these people are walking around with their phones, looking at these pretend little creatures that are embedded, I guess, in reality. The spirit world is real. In fact, there’s a section of Scripture where Elisha the prophet showed the reality of that spirit world.

2 Kings 6 is where you’ll find that, verse 16. Here we find Elisha facing the armies of the enemies, and in facing those armies, he told one of the people with him – he said, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” What was he talking about? Well, he’s talking about the spirit world. “So Elisha prayed,” verse 17, “and he said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ The Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16-17 2 Kings 6:16-17 [16] And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. [17] And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray you, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
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). And so we have this great spiritual army that was really watching over them. And you know, we are surrounded by the spirit world, even though most people are walking around in this life unaware, just like those that aren’t playing Pokémon Go are unaware of what that game is all about. But the spirit world is real, and in 2 Corinthians we’re told that’s what our focus should be. If you really want the real reality, look to the spirit world. Look to God.

In 2 Corinthians chapter 4, it tells us that very thing. This is in verse 18. He says that as Christians, “We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18 2 Corinthians 4:18While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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). So let’s not just augment reality. Let’s look at the actual reality of the spirit world that God wants us ultimately to be a part of.

That’s BT Daily. We’ll see you next time.

Comments

  • KARS
    This latest news report has been the "tip of the iceberg" for me. We are a very sick world. We seem to always be trying to find a means of escape from reality. Though this is meant for entertainment, it has it's negative drawbacks. There has already been a report of a car accident. Because this game can only be seen by a 'smart" device, it doesn't exist in every day life without this device that so many do not have but the privileged few. With our unseen God (even though we cannot see him), we see his wonderous works every time we walk outside our doors. His flora and fona, his insect world, his process of metamorphes of the catapillar. It is endless. Therefore he exists in a unseen spirit realm. No matter how much we may deny his existence, you can't runaway from all his works no matter where you go. His awesome power created it all and you don't need a devise to see it. :-)
  • KARS
    I don't know how offensive this may be. Talk about insanity. Now you so called sane people want to know what it's like to be one of the mental ill? You complain about the mentally ill. Keep going in this direction of your fantasy world and you just may join the ranks of the insane. I've already read about a car wreck because of this fantasy world of theirs.
  • cklockhart
    Yes, Mr. Infantado's articles are very well written.
  • cklockhart
    Thanks for the explanation Steve Myers, and for the upbeat manner in which it was presented! The trees and bushes around the office building there are pleasant and well maintained. That rock, too, is always a favorite of mine. So why place an animated "pocket-monster" around all the settings? Some might think it is cute. Bottom line though, you are STILL staring at your phone, right? That in and of itself humors me. O.K., it cracks me up! One still has to catch or tag the creature WHILE STARING AT his or her PHONE. (At least with virtual reality glasses, one's head is up.) Reminds me of the song "they paved paradise, and put up a parking lot...they put in a tree museum. They charged the people a dollar and a half* just to see 'em...all in all, it seems to go, that ya don't know what ya got till it's gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Cheers! *<although the app is free, it might cost ya a bruised bump on the head 'cause ya just walked into a tree!>
  • Joshua Infantado
    This timely Mr. Myers. I also thought of augmented reality as a way Satan deceives this world. He has used augmented reality to convince many people that his version of reality is better than the reality of God, that it is better to get rather than to give. I hope it is okay to leave a link in my comment. I also wrote an article about Pokemon GO and how Christians should respond to it. Here's the link: [Link removed to comply with comment policy.]
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