Vox Interview Features the Worst Description of Christianity Ever
Let's face it: sometimes it's difficult for even a long-time believer to explain Christianity. Even the most sincere Christians come at their faith with perspective and even baggage from their own lives, and attempts to oversimplify some Christian doctrine can muddy the waters even further. Beyond the obvious statement of "put your faith in Jesus and allow Him to be Lord of your life," explaining Christianity isn't always simple.
So I often wonder why non-Christians seem to think they can explain Christianity so blithely sometimes. Case in point: over at Vox, the often condescending, always left-leaning news site, an interview with Israeli historian and author Yuval Harari features—almost as an afterthought—the worst description of Christianity ever. It's enough to make one wonder if Harari has ever met a Christian or even opened a Bible in his life.
Let me give a little background here. Harari is no theologian, and as far as I know, he has never claimed to be. He's an historian and author, whose first book traces the "triumph of Homo sapiens" and whose new book details "the threat our own intelligence and creative capacity poses to our future."
Harari counts Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Barack Obama among his legion of fans, which tells me that he probably doesn't run in evangelical circles. The interview with Vox editor Ezra Klein talks about the idea of artificial intelligence and how its advent does not bode well for humanity; it's full of the typical anti-technological alarmism that the humanistic Left loves to traffic in.
Klein's last question for Harari muses on whether the development of virtual reality is beneficial for mankind, and in the answer, Harari goes off the rails.
This idea of humans finding meaning in virtual reality games is actually not a new idea. It's a very old idea. We have been finding meaning in virtual reality games for thousands of years. We've just called it religion until now.
In this flippant, dismissive definition of religion, we can see Harari's disdain for people of faith. You silly believers. You're all just playing games. But it gets worse.
Harari goes on to say:
You can think about religion simply as a virtual reality game. You invent rules that don't really exist, but you believe these rules, and for your entire life you try to follow the rules. If you're Christian, then if you do this, you get points. If you sin, you lose points. If by the time you finish the game when you're dead, you gained enough points, you get up to the next level. You go to heaven.
People have been playing this virtual reality game for thousands of years, and it made them relatively content and happy with their lives.