A character in a video game will never know what life is like beyond his two-dimensional screen. Even though he may move around in his two-dimensional world with a false perception of time, he may never know what is beyond the surface of the screen that houses the entirety of his world. In fact, he probably wouldn’t know that he was controlled by a force far bigger than the entirety of his universe; a force that allows part of the game to be repeated or even restarted. In a world enclosed within the screen, he could have thought that he is doing a task he had once accomplished, but there was no way for him to figure that out. Memories have been erased and time was repeated, but life goes on as long as the power is on.
But what if, the game changes and the character ventures beyond the screen?
First, the notion of time breaks down for the character. The character might still physically be on the screen, but at that point of extraction, he might have gone into a realm that transcends time. In other words, he experiences a reality that is not bound by the time he once experienced. In this reality, everything that he encounters does not affect the experience of time in the two-dimensional screen. Though he does not have the ability to move about freely within this realm, he was transported wherever the Higher Being would want him to go. He would be like a piece of paper who’ve departed from the screen. Without the assistance of a Higher Being holding onto him and bringing him around, he will not be able to go anywhere in the higher dimension. To the layperson observing from the two-dimensional screen, the character who was extracted will appear either not moving, or be in a state of trance, until the Higher Being return the extracted character to his two-dimensional world. The time spent in trance can either last a split second, or it can be as long as a few years. However, to the character who’ve gone beyond the world he’s grown up in, he’s experienced a whole new world for an amount of time that transcends the reality he was used to.
I think we’ve all had that experience — where some dream lasts longer than the other. There are occasions where nightmares appear to last forever and a good dream lasted only what felt like a few minutes. But to the body, a good few hours have passed and we awake to the breaking of dawn. I’m not suggesting that dreams are trans-dimensional realities. But it is certainly related to it one way or another. It’s like a portal of some sort into the unknown; a path in which the Higher Being will use to lead us into a world beyond ours.
Second, the physical experience that we’re used to will break down when we enter a higher dimensional reality. A two-dimensional character that been extracted from the screen and into a higher reality may still, in a certain sense, be confined within the two-dimensional body he is used to. However, he will be like a piece of paper being brought to places by the Will of the Higher Being. What he experiences may be limited to the body that he is in. He will not be able to see and experience the higher dimensions unless the Higher Being transport his consciousness from a two-dimensional body into one that is like that of the Higher Being. If the character is still limited within his two-dimensional body, everything that is happening in the higher dimension will appear to be perfectly natural to him. However, when asked to put it in words, he will not be able to find a suitable phrase for it.
At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”
— Revelations 4:2-8, NIV.
I’m pretty sure what the Apostle John wrote about heaven, and what he experienced, were different. In his limited understanding of the cosmos, he was unable to articulate something that transcends spacetime with our limited earthly vocabulary. After all, he wasn’t dead and he wasn’t in the new body that Christ had promised to give. But this narrative in itself gives us an earthly perspective of how heaven would appear to be (notice all the words he used to describe spatial locations?)
Understanding the higher dimension puts the question of our existence into perspective. It helps us understand that life in its physical form isn’t what it appears to be. Life in its entirety encapsulates that of a reality that transcends spacetime and the universe’ physical form. It tells us that life in itself is not limited by spatial dimensions neither is it limited by time. It tells us of a reality that transcends physical experiences and the existence of a reality that only a new body can experience. And most importantly, it tells us that all of these are in the control of a Higher Being. Without Him, our existence is worth nothing.