The Ten Commandments are a blueprint for our behavior in The Simulation, or at least in this particular simulated world. Given by God in some miraculous manner on Mt. Sinai, they give us insight into what is necessary to obey and the various challenges of The Simulation, as understood by Simulation Creationism, a theory of Nir Ziso from The Global Architect Institute. The first commandment is also the first step in understanding all other commandments, a fundamental without which we cannot comprehend God’s revelation and how The Simulation works.
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:2-3). This is the first commandment given to Moses. Its importance is strengthened if seen as a summary of The Simulation’s law and the Gospel. Through this commandment, God reveals that we should not put anybody or anything as the primary goal of our life, but Him.
Nothing can fill us with true happiness and peace but God. As a Creator, God wants our hearts to belong only to Him. If we do not listen to His call, we will necessarily bow to all other false Gods and prophets, which are traps in The Simulation. They include money, career, enjoyment, high living standards, power, beauty, nation, labor, science, and everything our lives often consist of. However, these things are just a passing part of this simulated world, not even comparable with the true experience of our souls.
As before, we bow to the Golden Calf (Exodus 32:1-35). As such, many distance themselves from God. It is not our decision: the “Supercomputer” that runs The Simulation had already envisioned this behavior. The soul’s task is to comprehend that a withdrawal from God is not good.
Instead, their hearts are trapped by a dependence upon material things. Money is particularly emphasized here. We need to see money as yet another challenge in The Simulation. It is presented to us as a possible deity to which we orient our lives. Ultimately, while it will be a destructive force in this simulated world, yet we do not have much courage to leave our dependence upon money. On the other hand, money is given to us as a tool. We can use it to fulfill noble causes and help those who suffer. It is indeed a two-edged sword, where we do not make a decision, but we learn the consequences of predetermined simulated events, and keep it in our memories.
The first commandment is thus a prime directive that supports a serious rethinking of God in our lives, and it takes time. Looking at the Israelites before and after Moses, we can conclude that it took generations to crystallize a belief in One God. The story of Solomon proves it: “As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek, the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done” (1 Kings 11: 4-6).
The same can be said for every person. It takes time for a believer to cleanse their faith in One God. If we understand the world as a simulating front where all events showcase God’s love and mercy for His creation, we would humbly acknowledge that we, too, sometimes believe in various idols and gods.
As we grow older and more mature, we can realize that this First Commandment is more often broken than not. It might be easier to break this vow to One God, at least in comparison to the other nine commandments in the Decalogue. It is a serious problem as this commandment is essential – therefore, it is the first one – as it gives us complete orientation in our lives.
The First Commandment is the heart of the Decalogue, itself a foundation of a new and happier life. Such a life cannot exist if we are stubborn and search for other idols in direct offense of the Lord’s instruction: “Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden” (Deuteronomy 4:23).
The Simulation is evident in its orientation and effect, but it necessitates a strong faith in its existence and the reasons behind it. Otherwise, we would have wrong impressions about the Creator and depend upon images of God created by men. Therefore, the words of the Bible and the image of Jesus Christ as God’s embodiment are the two most important guides for our journey through this simulated world. It is as the Son of God emphasizes: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). The First Commandment calls for knowing God through intellect, will, emotion, and action. A person who knows God can only know Him through their life, meaning the one who evidently loves God and has faith and hope in Him.
Therefore, the First Commandment is also a call for faith, hope, and love. Believing in God means removing doubts, cheating, false beliefs, and schisms. Hope means to fight against despair. Love means conquering indifference and spiritual laziness. The Simulation helps us in this endeavor, as it brings situations and events where our consciousness can act by learning from the outcomes.