Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
— Hebrews 4:13, NIV
When life crosses from the physical to the eternal, the solidification of consciousness will happen. All that ever was, is, and will be, will be laid down in a reality so profoundly bizarre, that it solidifies in a dimension that captures both the seen and the unseen.
See, this logic stems from the transcendent nature of “life” departing from the physical realm that is governed by physical laws into one that transcends space-time.
When we are on earth, the self is integrated into the physical environment. We are able to interact with 3-dimensional matter in this realm. Even though we may have free will, but we are still limited by the physical constraints of the observable world. If we are in a room, we can’t leave it unless we open the door. If we are seating on a chair, we won’t fall right through because we are resting on it. However, when the bond between the self and the physical environment is broken through death, the physical constraints of the observable world will no longer hold our consciousness captive. Rather, we now enter the realm of a higher reality, a reality that somewhat breaks the barrier of time; a reality that extends from eternity to eternity.
“One’s identity solidifies in its current shape and form in accordance with the laws of the higher reality.”
In this higher reality, one’s identity solidifies in its current shape and form, manifesting itself in accordance with the laws of this higher reality. By this law, the depths of one’s thoughts and desires manifests itself throughout the realm of the eternal, opening it up for all to see. Along with it, the entire history of the physical world will be presented before all to see. From the darkest of secrets to the worst of crimes, from the happiest of moments to the falling of every tree in the forest, nothing will be hidden. In this state of reality, there will be nothing one can do to hide.
So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
— Matthew 10:26, 28, NIV.
I guess, the implications for all people is clear. All that was done in private will be disclosed for the entire length of eternity. The inner torment and the burning of the soul that well up from within because of guilt and anguish will be the most excruciating thing ever experienced.
“The inner torment and the burning of the soul that well up from within because of guilt and anguish will be the most excruciating thing ever experienced.”
Just, imagine having your entire life laid down before the population of the entire humanity to watch. In that state, everyone will be judged in accordance with a moral code that transcends cultural difference — a moral code that all of humanity will agree upon. And in that state, all guilt will be solidified in the reality with no option to undo.
That, is hell.
But, the key to Christian belief is the fact that we have our faith built on the Lord of the Universe; the Lord of all conceivable universes and dimensions. This is the God that forgives us of all transgression so that we may appear clean before Him in this higher state of reality. With all sins forgiven, eternity solidifies our sinless being with the Maker in eternal bliss.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
— Hebrews 4:16, NIV.
I believe, this is what the author of Hebrews saw when he penned the words of Hebrews 4. On one hand, the transcendent nature of God and His Words judge people “even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow”. The Word of God “judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).
“With all sins forgiven, eternity solidifies our sinless being with the Maker in eternal bliss.”
But on the other hand, we have a high priest who has “ascended into heavens”; He “empathize with our weaknesses”. He will help us in our time of need. He will forgive all our sins. He will help us face the reality that He knew is before us. He is the gospel. In Him, we have life eternal.