VR Church Bible study is one of the many thriving spiritual spaces in metaverse. It saw magnitude and popularity increase during the pandemic. COVID-19.
Founded in the United States on 2016 by DJ Sotoa pastor based on FredericksburgVirginia, VR Church Bible saw the number of participants continue to grow each year.
“Some religious people said “Hey! I want to help and volunteer” and so it was like an epiphany and I think we started a new kind of church“, said DJ Soto.
“We have all the functions of a physical church, or what you mean as a physical church and we express it here in the metaverse.“.
If they increase the number of services per week, DJ Soto says it’s like a psychological change.
“We are no different from other churches, either physically or in the metaverse“he said, explaining that they”now associated with hundreds of people in living worship. Our influence indeed number in the thousands“.
“Making Manuscripts More Meaningful”
Garret Bernalwho attended the event for the first time and who identified as a member of the Chruch of Latter Day Saints, praised and praised the church’s construction in virtual reality.
“They have 3d artwork so they put verses all over the place and they put 3d artwork for that“, he said.
“I read the verses, especially these buildings, and I found a translation of the verse I was reading, which made the manuscripts more meaningful to me.“.
Mr. Soto believes the future of church attendance is in the metaverse, because “it makes it possible to reach people who cannot physically go to church“, he declared.
Alina Delp is one of the people. on 2010he was diagnosed with the disease neurovascular who locked him in his house.
“If you have a chronic illness and can no longer participate in what others are doing, people slowly but surely drift away. So it was just me, my husband and our cats“, he said.
VR Church changes everything, he believes.
“Suddenly, there was power again. Suddenly, we are important too. Suddenly you are human again“, She cried.
“Suddenly you feel like you can do anything in the world, when you are repeatedly told that you can no longer do it.. “
RV better than a physical church?
Delp ordained priest of VR Church and one of many baptized there. However, some doubt the validity of virtual sacraments, such as baptism, performed in the Metaverse.
“Theological reflections are like our bodies and matter in part because God came in human form and showed great compassion and empathy to people.“, said Paul Raushenbush of Interfaith Youth Core.
“So, as we increasingly encounter digital spaces, what are the consequences?“.
“Christian theologians have not yet pondered what it means when they congregate in digital spaces.“, he added.
But while some wonder if a church can exist in virtual reality, others find that the experience can be equivalent to, and sometimes better than, a physical church.
“Many congregations – and this includes all denominations, all religions – think it is important to build“, said Jeremy Nickelfounder from Evolvra space for reflection in the Metaverse.
“They think the church is the building, or the mosque is the building, or the temple is the building. The church, the temple, the mosque or the synagogue, it’s the people, it’s the things you do together, it’s how you change the world together. And so we don’t have this illusion“.
Soto explains that it’s not about avataror what they choose to look like, but in the real mind-to-mind connection that takes place in the metaverse and the spiritual spaces such as VR Church.
“All we can do now is stupidity. I can’t imagine what it will look like in eight years“, he declared.
Article translated from English