[265] Is the Universe Real or is it a Virtual Reality?

12 I myself have made the earth and have created even man upon it. I--my own hands have stretched out the heavens, and all the army of them I have commanded (Isaiah 45).

26 Raise your eyes high up and see. Who has created these things? It is the One who is bringing forth the army of them even by number, all of whom he calls even by name. Due to the abundance of dynamic energy, he also being vigorous in power, not one [of them] is missing (Isaiah 40).

33 Oh the depth of God's riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable his judgments [are] and past tracing out his ways [are]!
34 For who has come to know Jehovah's mind, or who has become his counsellor?
35 Or, Who has first given to him, so that it must be repaid to him?
36 Because out of him and by him and into him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen (Romans 11).

2 Enwrapping yourself with light as with a garment. Stretching out the heavens like a tent cloth (Psalm 104)

27 for them to seek God, if they might grope for him and really find him, although, in fact, he is not far off from each one of us.
28 For in [en] him we have life and move and have our being, even as certain ones of the poets among you have said, 'For we are also his progeny/offspring.'
29 Seeing, therefore, that we are the progeny/offspring of God, we ought not to imagine/think that the Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone, like something sculptured by the art and contrivance of man (Acts 17).

40 And there are heavenly bodies, and earthly bodies; but the glory of the heavenly bodies is one sort, and that of the earthly bodies is a different sort.
41 The glory of the sun is one sort, and the glory of the moon is another, and the glory of the stars is another; in fact, star differs from star in glory (1 Corinthians 15)

11 And I shall certainly put my tabernacle in the midst of you, and my soul will not abhor you [God has a soul, a spirit within a body. So God has a body as do the angels and humans who are in his image] (Leviticus 26).

1 This is what Jehovah has said: The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where, then, is the house that you people can build for me, and where, then, is the place as a resting-place for me? (Isaiah 66).

12 For just as the body is one but has many members, and all the members of that body, although being many, are one body, so also is the Christ.
13 For truly by one spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink one spirit.
14 For the body, indeed, is not one member, but many (1 Corinthians 12).

27 Now you are Christ's body, and members individually.
28 And God has set the respective ones in the congregation, first, apostles; second, prophets; 3rd, teachers; then powerful works; then gifts of healings; helpful services, abilities to direct, different tongues.
29 Not all are apostles, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all perform powerful works, do they?
30 Not all have gifts of healings, do they? Not all speak in tongues, do they? Not all are translators, are they?
31 But keep zealously seeking the greater gifts. And yet I show you a surpassing way (1 Corinthians 12).

So Jesus had his own body but became married to his wife, the church, whereupon his body became expanded to include the 1NC saints.

Likewise Jehovah expanded his original body to include the angels in the 1HSC and then when that fell apart with the sin of Satan, he remarried and expanded his body to include the angles in the 2NC. Now the universe is external to humans (not inside our minds) and it is external to angels (not inside their minds). And since angels are in God's body, the universe is external to God's body. So it exists outside of his body and therefore outside of his mind. We at one time thought that the universe might be a virtual reality created within God's mind. But we now think that is incorrect. God originally had a body for his spirit before he became Angeliah and transferred his spirit into an angelic body. And a body is a means for a spirit to interact with an environment outside that body.

Reality for a person is something external to his mind.
Virtual reality is something internal to a mind.

We at one point thought from Romans 11 and Acts 17 that perhaps the universe was like a giant computer game created by God in a part of his mind, or perhaps internal to another form of intelligence that he had created. We no longer think that (thank God).

So before the Big Bang, and before God created the angels, before time became as causal as it is today, when the universe was all dark matter, God existed in a body with a real environment external to his body. We do not want to attempt to go back further than that right now. 

God became Jehovah when he caused to become the first thing that he created. Whether that was his own body, the environment outside his body, or Archeden or Matriarch or the first heavenly animal - we do not know.