“After the death of his old friend, Albert Einstein said “Now Besso has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us … know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
New evidence continues to suggest that Einstein was right, death is an illusion.
Death doesn’t exist in a timeless, spaceless world. Immortality doesn’t mean a perpetual existence in time, but resides outside of time altogether.”
(From “Is death an illusion? Evidence suggests death isn’t the end” by Robert Lanza)
It is interesting to learn from the above article that death does not exist in a timeless, spaceless world. It reminds me of Revelation that says both death and hades (ignorance of our true identity) have been cast into the lake of fire (metaphorically – defeated by Jesus’ finished work at the cross through death and resurrection). I think it is true that in a sense, physical death is an illusion, just as its counterpart – physical life – is an illusion. As the article noted, “reality is a process that involves your consciousness”. I think that is one reason Jesus came to earth – not only to restore to us a sense of our true identity as God’s beloved sons and daughters, but also to deliver us from the fear of death – that is, by removing the illusion of death from our consciousness.
“O death, where is your sting? O hades (ignorance), where is your victory? The sting of death is sin (illusion about our identity), and the strength of sin (illusion) is the law (doing in order to become). But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
Regarding our true identity, “sin” can be seen as having an illusion about ourselves, or having a false external identity attached to the physical realm. Our physical body is part of the physical realm, so our true identity isn’t attached to our physical body. So when our physical body dies, our true identity does not die. Our true identity continues to live.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”
I believe Jesus’ words are meant to be metaphorical, or else He was contradicting himself by saying a person “may die” and “shall never die”. How can a person “die” and “never die” at the same time? To me, to live means to live in the consciousness of our true identity. When we are conscious of our true identity and origin in Him, we will never experience a sense of condemnation (a form of death).
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood (symbolic of the physical realm of time and space and materiality), He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
I think this shows that once upon a time, the devil (or false self or ego) had the power of death, which came from the illusion that death was the finality of life. But that was just a lie. Death is only an illusion, therefore the psalmist called death a “shadow”, not the real thing.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow (illusion) of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me”
So the bottomline to me is: There is life that has swallowed up death, as it is written “Death is swallowed up in victory”. It is important for the knowledge of the truth of the gospel be made known, so that people will not despair over “death”. Thanks to quantum science and biocentrism, science is now supporting the gospel of grace and peace as well.
Energy cannot be created or destroyed and can only change form. And according to the article “Five reasons why you won’t die ~ Robert Lanza, MD – Biocentrism”, our presence continues to live on in the lives of those we impact. Our consciousness will also be always in the now, in the face of infinite past and eternal future, experiencing new adventures and meeting or reconnecting with new and old friends in our journeys.