Copy or Reality?

Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

Hebrews 9:23-24 (ESV)

More is unknown than is known. We know how much dark energy there is because we know how it affects the universe’s expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery. But it is an important mystery. It turns out that roughly 68% of the universe is dark energy. Dark matter makes up about 27%. The rest – everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter – adds up to less than 5% of the universe. Come to think of it, maybe it shouldn’t be called “normal” matter at all, since it is such a small fraction of the universe.

NASA Science

What is unknown to science is what the Bible calls the heavenly realm. And the writer to the Hebrews tells us that is where Jesus now resides. Not only that, the physical existence we experience is merely a “copy” the true things.

The Scripture declares that Jesus entered into the heavenly realm to purify the heavenly things with sacrifices better than the earthly ones. Which begs the question why?

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:19-23 (ESV)

So the scripture tells us that the entire creation is subjected to the bondage of decay/corruption, that includes the hidden realms of “dark energy and dark matter”. Or in biblical parlance the heavens.

Which leads us to some incredible conclusions. Mankind’s actions are not merely effective in the “physical realms” that is the 4 dimensions of height, depth, length and time. Our moral choices affect the very fabric of the universe. Therefore we can say that moral law supersedes every other law. When God tells us “Thou shalt do no murder” or “Thou shall not covet” he is deadly serious because violations of those commands actually, somehow, affect all of the creation.

So for Jesus to proclaim “Your sins are forgiven” carries with it incredible ramifications. If we consider the impact of the original sin, that act, so innocent in appearance, actually corrupted not just the physical but the meta-physical realm. To be then forgiven the debt of having destroyed the universe, that is truly mind boggling.

What is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Psalms 8:4 (ESV)