“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobe, you’re my only hope.”
Sound familiar? It’s one of the most memorable lines in movie history, and for most people, their first exposure to a hologram.
Does this have anything to do with the Bible? More than you think.
Experiments by University of Paris researcher Alain Aspect in 1982 showed that subatomic particles, no matter how far apart they were in space, seemed to have the ability to communicate with each other instantaneously, even when the distance between them would have required communication at speeds beyond the speed of light. (That’s impossible according to any traditional view of the laws of the natural world. ) Equally disturbing research followed, leading physicist Neils Bohr to observe that anyone who claims to understand quantum physics doesn’t understand it. According to physicist David Bohm, these new findings prove the existence of a “complex dimension beyond what we perceive”.
Doesn’t that sound a little familiar? To a student of the Scriptures, it should.
Isaiah 40:17 calls the nations “emptiness and froth”. The material world is ostensibly made up of atoms consisting of a nucleus made up of protons and neutrons, surrounded by a variable number of orbiting electrons. We’ve all learned that atoms are the building blocks of solid reality.
What isn’t taught is that if the nucleus was the size of a pinhead, in a scale model the electron would be one hundred yards away! For every solid part of matter there are 10 15 parts of empty space! The world around us is emptiness with just enough “froth” to deceive us.
But if our world isn’t substantive reality what is it? Aspect’s research stirred up the field of physics considerably, but when the dust cleared, we had a new, rather startling theory: our world is not solid, it’s an illusion. In fact, as featured on the cover of Scientific American in July 2005, it’s a holographic image.
But what exactly are holograms? Really nothing more than a trick of light in which a three-dimensional image is recorded on a two-dimensional space. They are constructed by light reflecting off of another beam of light. In other words, kind of a “light” shadow.
So isn’t in interesting that Psalm 144:4 says that man is “emptiness” and his days a shadow. Hebrews goes a little further, defining the Law as “simply a shadow of good things that are coming, not the realities themselves.” Hebrews 10:1
Which begs a question. If our world is a hologram, where’s the reality?
Michael Talbot, author of Holographic Universe, said, “there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it… are only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so far beyond our own that it is literally beyond both space and time.”
Hebrews 8:5 , fills that in for us a little, describing the earthly sanctuary (Temple) as ” a copy and shadow of what is in heaven”, heaven being the dwelling place of God, ” the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity.” Isaiah 57:15 In other words, just as holographic images are three-dimensional reality on two-dimensional film, our universe may be a higher- dimensional reality “painted” on the 4-dimensionsal time-space continuum that we think we live in.
So our world is a hologram, being projected from a place outside time and space which the Bible gave us a name for 2500 year ago: eternity. There’s still one big piece missing. What does this hologram reflect? What’s it a picture of?
Colossians tells us that: ”These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Colossians 2:17 Christ repeatedly identified himself in just such manner: I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life. I am the door. I am the light. I am the bread. I am the water. I am the resurrection. I am the life.
In him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28), and when he appears, we will be like him, just from seeing him as he is. I John 3:2 Our universe is a canvas on which God painted his self-portrait. Reality is God the son, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
And that’s why no man comes to the father but through him. All things were created in him, through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16) He’s the only ambassador from eternity to ever walk our streets. He is the reality in our universe and as such, He in us is our only ticket to the place called eternity.
Help me, Mohammed? Fat chance.
Help me, Buddha? Don’t count on it.
Help me Shiva? Not so much.
The universe was created to reflect one God -made -man individual. Jesus Christ, the eternal word who became flesh and tabernacled among us.
Help me, Yeshua Ha’ Mashiach. You’re my only hope.