Is the Universe Real?

The universe may very well be a thought experiment of a highly evolved alien race. The truth is, we can’t really know for certain one way or another. Maybe E.T. or Alf are really the ones responsible for reality. Eighties’ pop culture references aside, are we the products of extraterrestrial creativity?

This was the topic of discussion at the recent Issac Asimov Memorial Debate held at the Hayden Planetarium moderated by the celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson. His view on the topic is summarized in the following quote from their discussion, “And if that’s the case, it is easy for me to imagine that everything in our lives is just the creation of some other entity for their entertainment. I’m saying, the day we learn that it is true, I will be the only one in the room saying, I’m not surprised.”

Wow. Tyson won’t be surprised if some other entity created us for their entertainment.

But consider another option: what if another entity created us for his glory? As crazy as it sounds, the line of thinking at the debate would be fully clarified in light of the biblical account, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Apart from a God who is there and who is not silent, we are just left to speculate. Without divine revelation we can never prove we are anything more than a mere thought experiment, just another reminder that reality falls apart the moment we reject the Redeemer.