“These shall fight with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, because he is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and they that are with him are called, and elect, and faithful.” —Revelation 17:14
I find it amusing sometimes, the lengths which people will go to try to evade the compelling claim of Christianity to truth. Particularly in our age, so effused with science—and science fiction—the “stumper” questions thrown at me make me shake my head in wonder that they could be asked with any degree of seriousness. I was asked just today whether, if there was life on other planets, what would they believe? If we settled those planets, would we end up with intergalactic religious wars, if we tried to convince Martians to abandon their gods for ours? The only reasonable answer to that question, it seems to me, is the one which Our Lord gave to St. Peter when he inquired about the eventual fate of St. John: “What is that to you? Come, follow Me” (John 21:22).
I think my favourite far-fetched objection pertains to the concept of the “multiverse”. If, like me, you’re a fan of comic books or sci-fi to any degree, the notion of “parallel universes” is probably at least someone familiar to you. If you were one of the cool kids, though, briefly, the notion of these parallel universes basically says that for every possibility, there exists an alternate reality where the other option(s) happened—there’s a reality out there where I’ve never been late getting a blog post in to publish on Serviam, and a reality where I never started to blog for Serviam at all. I’m sure there’s even a reality out there somewhere (though it seems rather a remote possibility) that I actually write interesting blogs for Serviam!
I once had an atheist friend try to use this multiverse concept as a way to reject belief in God. I’m still not sure what the logic (if there was any) behind his question actually was, but he asked (as if it mattered) who would be the god(s) of these other parallel existences. Now, it seems to me that if we have a correct understanding of what Christians mean by “God” (and if you’re not sure, please go read my series on St. Thomas Aquinas’ Proofs for God), that the obvious answer to my friend’s question is “God”. In fact, the very concept of a multiverse—that is, of alternate realities which differ due to any difference in which possibilities were realised—itself demonstrates that this universe (and the infinite number of theoretical alternate universes) are contingent realities. That is, the universe does not exist of its own necessity. It is not self-explaining, but depends upon something else to explain why it exists, and why it exists in this way, and not that. And if the universe is not necessary, then one of the possible realities out there is that there is no universe. (Does your head hurt yet?)
If our universe isn’t necessary, then it depends on something else for its existence. There must be some Absolutely Necessary Being, whose very essence is existence, that created and sustains our universe in existence. And if there is an infinite variety of multiple realities, then that same Necessary Being created them all.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (or, more simply, Christ the King), remember that, while He is the King of all possible universes, you inhabit only this one, and you are responsible for whether you are the King’s loyal subject, or a traitorous enemy.
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