Are Virtual Reality Churches the Wave of the Future?
"Attend a real church in virtual reality," says the website of a VR church established by Los Angeles, California-based Pastor D.J. Soto and whose mission is "to explore and communicate God through virtual reality, augmented reality, and next generation technologies."
Soto, the owner of Sonata 7 Studios, LLC. which is a film production and virtual reality company, quit his job as a pastor at a branch of his local megachurch in Reading, Pennsylvania, a few years ago with a burden to reach out to people in unusual places. He and his wife even sold their home and most of their belongings and moved with their five young children into a 30-foot trailer.
His journey soon took him to virtual reality as the vehicle of his dream. However, as Pastor Soto spoke about his vision with pastors and church planters, he realized that Christian ministers are not quite ready to try out this new technology, he...
Absolutely Dr Tim. Does anyone realize the problems that could cause to roads? No road kill collected, no clean roads. Well I guess they won't care, they will do everything by VR headsets then. So nobody will be on the roads anyway.ðŸ˜•ðŸ˜”
"Disadvantages: â€¢Communion and Baptism? â€¢Catholics can't sniff the incense ("Smells & Bells")."
And one more. â€¢no fellowship of believers!
I personally am against a church "meeting" in this form. Although I think it would be a very good option for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are unable to leave their home due to health issues. Even then, it shouldn't replace visiting them.
Good point about loneliness in previous post. Compare that with the frequently seen example of people eating in a restaurant, more focused on their smartphones than having a conversation. Others say young people in general are less social in person because of their smartphones. Maybe, as they get older, they will continue with the same and be very comfortable 'attending' a virtual church service, just like today, they can listen to sermons here at this website and even 'attend' a service broadcast live from all over the world.
BUT, on reflection, we had a recent thread where there was much discussion on topic of Loneliness. I "think" that it was about loneliness in society in general.
However the posts also included Loneliness experienced by church folk, particularly those that whilst in their earlier life faithful workers in a fellowship, but through health, age or infirmity, just faded out of folks memories, only to be brought back to them when the Pastor, or Minister gave the sad announcement of their passing. THIS, whilst sad news, could bring back many happy memories of a previous possibly for years active church member.
My point, (a little long winded) wouldn't it be brilliant, that using this or similar technology where a church service could somehow be relayed, say through SA or other broadcasting site, BUT use the opportunity for on a volunteer basis, one or two physically able folk to go and spend the duration of the service with, what we called "The Shut Ins" not the best name perhaps. But, I am confident that those stuck at home would love too have regular fellowship with other church members particularly on Sunday morning as the service is live....
Let us strive to use technology for the blessing of those unfortunate in our fellowship: All could be Bles
You have to admit there are some advantages: â€¢No transportation issues â€¢Children & women can't be molested by staff perverts â€¢No real estate title or lease to worry about â€¢No menu hassle with pot lucks â€¢Less vulnerable to crazy gunmen
Disadvantages: â€¢Communion and Baptism? â€¢Catholics can't sniff the incense ("Smells & Bells").