by A Alistair de
Ended on February 25th 2017
Some time back I found that in the Book of Psalms ‘King David’ had written down the key to turning around negative emotions: and let’s face it, he had to deal with a lot of them. In his lifespan he had to face some extreme challenges:
I found this key to turning around negative emotions. In fact it was absolutely vital: it helped me deal with envy, bitterness, worry, anger and all the sorts of emotions that I was apparently not supposed to have as a good Christian. Alongside countering negative emotion, there is also a journey into the pure blessings of the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are a set of 8 blessings from Christ that turn conventional wisdom on it’s head and replace it with something completely virtuous: pure and free from blemish. I wanted to get this ability to turn around negative emotions and replace it with virtue out to people in a way that would help as many people as possible.
In order to make this experience as effective as possible I needed to ensure people have a calm environment that distracts them from their worries and allowed them to absorb the wisdom of the Psalms in a peaceful and tranquil setting. For this I created an experimental virtual reality application called VR Church on Samsung Gear VR. It started off as an experiment that was just me publishing something useful to me; but then people started to download it, lots of people!!! VR Church is now highly rated and would benefit people tremendously by being taken to the next level by updating it with these new features:
Virtual Reality Church provides you that space where you can get away, reflect and come back with a whole new perspective from the bible. These periods of devotion or reflection have provide a great way for people to connect with God during their busy lives and also learn the lessons that the bible teaches us of people. I hope to be able to share this with as wide an audience as possible so that they can enjoy this as well. Currently Virtual Reality Church offers a small section of the bible and is a completely solo experience; however if I had the funds then I would be able to focus on this further and make this into a community of people sharing devotional journeys through beautiful virtual worlds.
The existing app is highly rated on the Samsung Gear VR / Oculus App Store and includes a number of beautiful natural scenes where you can experience the beatitudes and the psalms with calm worship sounds in the background: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/gear-vr/1135979366469525/
It only came out recently and already has nearly 10,000 downloads. We have an average review of 4.1/5.0 and some really encouraging comments which it would be great to respond to:
Those are the positive reviews; but we have had one or two areas of negative feedback which we also need your help to address
Although the user missed the rest of the content, there is truth to their comments. The experimental app was done with no budget, just lots of late nights, and so it actually was cheap and it did appeal to Christians. This app though isn’t just to appeal to Christians, it is to appeal to non Christians and non church goers as well, and to do that then we do need to take the graphics and audio to the next level for them.
Compared to what is possible, this app is just a simple demonstration and can be taken further: vitual reality need not be a solo experience. By sharing devotionals and experiences from devotionals we can bring people together and curate a collection of journeys through the bible that can help people with the issues and needs of their everyday lives: from depression to envy to releasing joy: there is much we can get from devotional time and we are hoping that you will help fund this project as a pioneering new way to engage people with life altering biblical content.
The team currently consists of:
The project so far has been self funded and involved selling cars to pay living expenses while it was being developed, we need your generosity. With your help we can reach a wider audience with this application and hopefully really impact peoples lives. Thank you for reading and please consider sponsoring us if you can!