Does the Great Commission Include the Virtural World?

Jesus’ last instructions to his followers on Earth were captured in Matthew 28:19-20 when he said,

19”Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

In this article Jesuits say take word of God to Second Life – Yahoo! News we find that the Jesuits are now encouraging fellow Catholic missionaries to be involved with the virtual world known as Second Life.

I find in encouraging that they are taking such a view and they are not alone.  LifeChurch (based out of Oklahoma) has many physical and virtual locations including an Internet Campus as well as a presence in Second Life Church Campus itself (they purchased a island of 16 acres). 

Over the years and the centuries as man has learned and discovered more about planet earth, we discovered how large the command to “go into all the earth” really is.  In the past half-century we have started to learn more about how large the “world” is as we start to explore space.  Now the definition of “world” seems to be changing again and taking on an entirely new dimension.

Culture and society will always being changing and evolving.  While it is true that there is truly “nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9), there are many different ways in which relationships and communications are used. Is the church ready to take on this new “mission field”?

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