Technology has proven to be one of the most effective tools known to man. However, what does God think about Churches conducting baptisms in virtual reality?
Certainly, there are circumstances where a “virtual” baptism is all that can be accomplished. However, in the majority of cases, persons who are seeking to be reborn can attend a church for baptism. Further, the entirety of community, which is experienced through the Churches’ congregation is non-existent should online ministries become commonplace in regards to Church worship.
Churches across the country are installing massive TV screens and advanced technology to further entertain the audience, in an attempt to keep up with the ever-changing world. All of which is alright; but, where is the line?
Some Churches are not only installing massive screens, but they’re also creating a virtual space, in a virtual world, and conducting baptisms in a fictitious reality. “We are leaving the information age and entering the experience age of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality),” said D.J. Soto, pastor of VR Church, which he says is one of the first fully computer-generated religious institutions.
Remarkably, the VR Church has roughly one-hundred and fifty persons who attend each week. “Our sermons are less stage-delivered,” Soto said. “They’re more engaging. We want people to really experience the scripture, so I’ll have everyone follow me as we go through the story.”
Furthermore, according to the pastor, he set out to create a “radically inclusive” worship experience after he left his job at a local megachurch in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 2016. Shortly after that, Soto started the virtual congregation.
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“There are certain conversations that are tough to have in physical churches,” Soto said, “And some people who don’t identify with any specific religion may have a hard time finding where they fit in.”
The digital pastor says the simulated environment is welcoming to people with religious traditions and atheists alike. “Let’s have discussions for or against God, and let’s be respectful. Everybody is invited to a VR church,” Soto said.
However, regardless of the person, the ‘soul’ focus of worship is Jesus Christ, or at least It should be. What say you reader, would God accept or reject a “virtual baptism?” Comment Your Answer.