The Cross and Hyperspace
One of the more persistent myths is the “non-physical” nature of spirituality. The average person thinks of spiritual things, if they believe in them at all, as “ghostly” or vaporous and somehow unscientific. Yet modern physics is rapidly moving to understand that there are many dimensions beyond the ones we perceive. (Refer to this article)
The Bible has made it clear that there are states of being beyond our physical reality, and these realities are tangible- indeed more tangible that our own existence that is subject to the decay and ephemerality of time. (Refer to http://khouse.org/articles/1998/62/)
All of this is important when we approach the resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus), the son of God; he bodily rose again with a new type of body that was physically here in our dimension as human and yet could also transcend the all the space-time barriers of our physical world.
The account of Luke, who was a learned Greek physician, notes that Yeshua demonstrated His new ultra-dimensional reality by performing ordinary physical acts like eating in conjunction with with trans-dimensional acts like appearing and disappearing instantly.
And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. (Luke 24:30-31)
Yeshua specifically challenges their artificial understanding of the spiritual vs. physical world in his appearances to people following his resurrection from the dead. He was physical and yet transcended our limitations:
And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. (Luke 36-39)
Paul, who was one of the most schooled men of his day, as a free born Roman citizen studied under Gamaliel in Tarsus, the capital of the province Cilicia. He directly addresses this new type of existence Yeshua enabled for those who accept him:
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. (I Corinthians 15:44)
In the original Greek, the word body is “Soma” which strongly suggests a whole, tangible state, most definitely not a ghostly existence. This existence that Yeshua, being the Christ, ushered in with his suffering and death is a radical idea, challenging the dominate philosophies from the Gnostics to the Platonists; where intangible spiritual vs. the tangible physical was the undercurrent of the teaching.
Through his death there is made possible a new existence; one that is more real than our own transient reality, because it lasts forever, transcending the dimension of time and therefore death:
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (I Corinthians 15:50-54)
No amount of meditation and enlightenment can achieve this; one only needs to ask for this free gift from God.