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Heaven For Geeks

I was in church listening to my pastor talk about Heaven from the book of Revelation, chapters 21 and 22, and it got me to thinking… What will Heaven be like for geeks?

Being a “geek” is such a large part of my personality — who I am — that I believe God has planted the seeds of that in my life.  I am not what I am ultimately intended to be, but I do believe I must be a shadow of that.  If I am right, then Heaven is for geeks, too.  We won’t have our “geekness” removed from our souls like a bad appendix.  We will express ourselves perfectly through the reality of who we are in God.

But what will that look like?

Mind you, this is all totally supposition.  Aside from any direct quotes from the Bible I might give here, I speak with no authority.  This is just my geek imagination working.

The implications of “death shall be no more…”

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’  And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.'”

If you believe in the truth of that passage from the Bible, geeks in heaven will get at least one “super-power”: Eternal life.  And it changes everything.

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Sunday Edition: A Geek and His Faith

If you’ve read my little bio over on the right sidebar, you might have picked up on my claim to be a Christian.  I’m not a particularly good one, mind you.  But that’s what grace is about, isn’t it?

One of the reasons I might not be a particularly good one probably has something to do with my other claim: that I’m a Geek.

As a Geek, I absolutely love my “tech toys”.  Give me a new gizmo to tinker with and I’m in Geek Heaven.  As a Christian, I am able to identify those impulses as a form of materialism.  The temptation to spend money I don’t have on gizmos I want is pretty darn strong, but I know I have to be responsible with my money so I (mostly) resist.

As a Geek, I love books.  Tech books and Science Fiction books, mostly.  Yet another materialistic impulse rears it’s head.  But I also enjoy SciFi in many different forms, including movies.  The problem with a lot of SciFi is that it’s not complimentary to a Christian worldview.  In a way, being a Christian makes me a bit of a SciFi Heretic — Aliens are simply allegories, miracles are not just “sufficiently advanced technology” or statistically improbable events, and I see Creation at work where some see only entropy.  But to my mind, better that than to be the other kind of heretic!

Being a Christian Geek isn’t totally contradictory, though.

As a Geek, I have a peculiar way of looking at the world.  As a Christian, I have a peculiar way of looking at the world.  It is possible for me to reconcile the two, through faith.  As a Geek, my view of the world is colored by scientific observation.  As a Christian, my view of the world is informed by an honest observation of human nature.  Both worldviews would insist that things happen for a reason, that cause and consequences go hand-in-hand.  Both worldviews look for wonder in the universe in which we live, and both are not afraid to ask hard questions.  Both worldviews find value in knowledge.

Being a geek could be a weakness, but it can also be a strength.  There is nothing “blind” about my faith.  I know why I believe what I believe.  Likewise, being a Christian helps to balance me and keep me grounded when my geek imagination tries to run away with me.

Geeks have a reputation for being strange.  Christians often have a reputation for being strange.  It means we have a different way of looking at things than so-called “normal” people.  And I kinda like being strange.

Sundays I’m going to try to explore what it means to be a “Christian Geek”, as often as I can.  You’re welcome to join me in that journey, whether you’re a geek, a Christian, or both.

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