Virtual reality church Bible is one of the many evolving spiritual spaces in the metaverse. It has seen its size and popularity increase dramatically during the pandemic. COVID-19.
Founded in the United States in 2016 from DJ Sotoa parish priest based in FredericksburgVirginia, Bible of the Church VR has seen its number of attendees steadily increase year after 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.“, She said DJ Soto.
“We have all the functions of a physical church, or what you call the physical church and we express it here in the metaverse“.
When they increased the number of services each week, DJ Soto said it was like a psychological change.
“We are no different from other churches, physical or metaverse“he said, explaining that they”now interact with hundreds of people in live worship. Our influence is certainly in the thousands“.
“Making Manuscripts More Meaningful”
Garret Bernalwho attended the event for the first time and identifies as a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints, applauded and praised the building of the church in virtual reality.
“They have 3d artwork, so they installed verses all over the place and installed 3d artwork for those“He said.
“I was able to read the verses, especially these buildings, and I could see a rendition of the verse I was reading, which made the manuscripts much more meaningful to me“.
Mr. Soto believes the future of church attendance lies in the metaverse, because “it allows you to reach people who cannot physically go to church“, he has declared.
Alina Delp is one of those people. In 2010he was diagnosed with a disease neurovascular who confined her to his home.
“When 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“, she says.
The VR Church has changed all this, he believes.
“Suddenly, you have the power again. Suddenly, we are important again. Suddenly you are human again“, He said, crying.
“Suddenly you feel like you can do anything in the world, when you’ve been told over and over again that you can’t do anything anymore.. “
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Delp he was ordained a priest of the VR Church and was one of the many baptized there. However, some have questioned 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 for humans“, She said Paul Raushenbush of Interrelith Youth Core.
“So, as we meet more and more in digital spaces, what are the consequences?“.
“Christian theologians have yet to ponder what it means when they meet in digital spaces“, He added.
But while some wonder if a church could really exist in virtual reality, others find the experience to be the same, and sometimes better, than a physical church.
“Many congregations – and this includes all denominations, all religions – think construction is important“, She said Jeremy Nickelfounder by Evolvera space for meditation 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, they are the people, they are the things you do together, it is how you change the world together. And so we don’t have this illusion“.
Soto explains that it is not avataror how they choose to appear, but of the true mind-to-mind connection that takes place in the metaverse and its spiritual spaces as Virtual reality church.
“It’s just crazy what we can do now. I can’t imagine what it will be like in eight years“, he has declared.
Article translated from English