THE INFALLIBLE COMPUTER
The following is my version of a story I heard, years ago:
Like many before him, a brilliant computer scientist became convinced that from the first second of the Big Bang, the universe has been nothing more than a giant computerized-camcorder (CC) and that on the record is all the knowledge and information, in all its forms--physical, mental and spiritual. If this is so, it ought to be possible to develop a computer which could retrieve all such knowledge and information.
With this in mind he brought together a great team of experts of which he agreed to become the team manager (TM) of a great project--create a personal computer capable of retrieving all knowledge and information generated since the Big Bang.
It took five years, but they developed what they believed was a powerful, voice-activated computer. After a number of private trials, the TM dared to claim: "This CC will answer any question anyone is willing to ask. It--like God, if there is a god--is virtually infallible. Although he was a skeptic, he was willing to accept that it was possible that behind the Big Bang there could be a great god-like mind who created, wrote, produced, directed and has, since the beginning of time, been recording the epic we call the THE CREATION, EVOLUTION AND EXISTENCE OF LIFE--in all its forms.
THE INFALLIBLE COMPUTERIZED CAMCORDER (ICC)
Confidently, the TM, team manager, sent out word to all, not just elite and powerful social leaders but to ordinary families with their children. Of courser he included the media, who had heard about his project. He said, "The team has agreed to call our infallible CC, G.O.D--that which morally and ethically generates all good, organizes it and delivers that which is desirable and delightful to all who have the imagination to tune in and connect with IT (imminent and transcendent being)--in the spirit of respect and good will.
G.O.D and Company, Inc
The TM said, "G.O.D, like a moral and ethical corporation is capable of answering any question imaginable about physical, mental and spiritual matters any human being is capable of asking. G.O.D is programmed to give us the facts of life--both good and evil, but IT has been programmed only to help you overcome evil, not to overcome evil for you."
"In addition, if you have a practical project you want to get done, G.O.D, without doing it for you, will tell you where to get all the information you need to know, and will point you to those who will help you--on condition that in justice and peace you serve one another and the public good."
One of his female friends was a theologian of high character. So he invited her to the demonstration, along with other friends and experts, to be among the first to put his infallible computer to the test, publicly.
At the meeting, first the experts in the arts and the sciences asked their questions. No matter what question was asked, the computer responded, verbally, and with precision. It was able to answer every physical and mental raised, in detail. Finally, the media got into the act.
Everyone present was amazed and very impressed.
Finally, it was the theologian's turn. She was a Christian, but open-minded. With the help of some theologians from other major religions, church historians, scripture experts and linguists, she asked some very tricky questions about the religions, history and content of the Bible, other scriptures and about other religions of the world. Again, the computer had no problem giving the correct answers. The same was true for questions from families and their children.
THE ULTIMATE QUESTION
Then she said, "If you truly are an infallible computer, I assume that you already know that I and the TM, here--and perhaps others among us--have our doubts as to the existence of God--but most of us, to the best of our ability, desire to have and us the power to love one another. May I assume you are aware of this?"
"Yes, I am aware" said the ICC.
"I am glad to hear that you are programmed to help us know what is evil, what love is and can do to help us overcome evil. With this is mind, may I ask one more question?"
"Yes, you may?"
"With deep respect I ask: IS THERE GOD?"Suddenly the room became dark and silent for several minutes. Then gradually the darkness dissipated and a beautiful light-filled cloud filled the whole room.
Out of the light came a powerful and resonant voice with the answer:
"THERE IS, NOW!"