An Atheist Crisis of Faith.
MikeLee
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You touch upon ideas from simulation theory, but then you claim things like:

Its not only possible but likely that our future will play out this way. In fact it’s even likely that it already has.

I would like to know how you assess likelyhood. Because, as by the premises by Nick Bostrum, there are several potential scenarios.

(1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a (technological advanced) “posthuman” stage;

(2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof);

(3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation

And your statements assume that (3) is probably true, ergo

I believe that by the time we grow into immortal, godlike beings, we will discover how to simulate our OWN universe, beginning to end, including every human that has ever lived or ever WILL, in a computer system for the express purpose of resurrecting them. I think it is possible we live in this simulation. I think this explains every inconsistency about God that makes atheists scoff at his existence.
If everything needs a creator, where did God come from? Why does God allow evil? If God knows the future, what is free will? Why doesn’t God show himself? How could the mind possibly survive the death of the brain?

You are making some huge leaps there. First, if we “grow into immortal godlike beings”, we will be by definitions be not human anymore; maybe machine, maybe something else. Why on earth would we have the need or motivation to create simulated universes? Or the specific narrow purpose of “resurrection” that you outline.

Living in a simulation does not explain anything for us who live inside, and surely does nothing for one of the 8000 different definitions of gods that have been or are still around this world.

Then you have the big logical problem of this claim: “God/the simulator knows the future”. Even if our universe is simulated, the future might be unknown. I advice you to look at Stephen Wolfram and his cellular automata, where he can show that even simple rules can create complexity to such an extend that it amounts to unpredictability. So even if our universe is simulated, we can say with confidence that the future is unpredictable.

For some of your statements, the argument seems illogical and/or incoherent for me to follow:

We have no free will in this life, free will doesn’t exist until we can know the future. In a simulated universe, time has no meaning, you can simulate the past, the future, everything. Thus, God, who is us resurrected, can see his own future. Free will starts when we die.

What do you base your claim on? First, why would free will be dependent on knowledge of the future? And even worse, why would free will start once we die? This is just jibberish.

This universe is like an incubator of human souls. It was created to allow us to live our lives, specifically so that our minds can be salvaged, even though our real bodies have likely been dead for centuries.

Now you are sounding just like a preacher. I am going to skip over the problem of having no evidence for a soul, because all that constitutes “us” is generated by our brain. But it is utter insanity and hubris to assume that the whole universe was created billions of years ago so that “our soul” can relive a short painful stretch of existence. I’d rather hope that the gods in the future will be smarter than that; why not put us (or our souls) in a great videogame that starts immediatly with us (not 14 billion years earlier) and allows us all to be the superheros we want to be, giving us plentiful of everything we crave, whatever that might be.

Also, is our universe in your scenario a big fishtank for many human “souls”, or does each soul get its own universe? Because I surely would not want to live in a universe that is build to simulate the suffering of millions of souls (I do not and will never get to know), nor do I want my soul to suffer. If I turn to be a god eventually, I would find that highly immoral and would never sign up to create this kind of simulation, where conscious beings are suffering.

This is kind of a “have your cake and eat it too” scenario if I ever heard one. And I can’t find a fault with it.
I can’t say I believe in God and the afterlife now, but I understand how it is possible that death is just the beginning.

You don’t find a fault? I hope I could show you some. From the premise to the arguments to the conclusions, everything you build up is mostly incomplete, logically incoherent or rightout fallacious. I’d like to build thought-castles like the next guy, but at least for mine I try to be more rigourous in my thinking.

If you just want to believe in anything, or if you can’t handle the prospect that death is the end, we already have plenty of religions to choose from. Because:

I think it’s even likely that this has already happened, that this life is a dream, and when you die you will be greeted the by loved ones, told the secrets of the universe, and join the rest of the human race in a place that defies imagination… The real world

does smell a lot like baseless wanna-belief. Just another story with no inch of reality attached to it.