“In Him all things hold together (Col. 1:17). “In him we live and move and have our being” (Ac. 17:28). Isn’t that like “the Matrix” but everything is generated by infinite Mind of God rather than a computer.
Jesus is the “Word of God” (Jn. 1:1-3; Ps. 33:6; 2 Cor. 4:6) which implies He verbalizes God’s thought, gives it “concrete form” bringing them into existence.
Quantum physics has proved material substance does not exist, the smallest particles are a form of energy.
Which makes it like “thought”—-as in a “dream”, certainly a form of energy.
But it would go too far to allege all is an illusion, as some New Agers do. Rather, the analogy is only as respect to coherence (Rom. 11:33), not the fundamental actuality of all things that exist.
This is not “gnostic”, Christ became flesh and dwelt among in reality just as we exist in reality, not one iota less. The incarnation happened, just as our birth happened and so we exist. This is as real as it gets, not an illusion.
To those who love God, this is very comforting, God is certainly near:
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Acts 17:27-28) KJV
But terrifying to the wicked. There is no escape, no hiding from God. Imagine their response if God rolled up the sky as if we lived in a sardine can:
14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
17 “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev. 6:14-17 NKJ)
There are other proofs Scripture agrees with Paul, in Him we live and move and have our being. That follows from God being the place where all places exist:
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? (1 Ki. 8:27) KJV
So is how the Rabbis understood it:
A common term for the Deity in Rabbinic literature is ‘the Place,’ which originates in the doctrine: ‘The Holy One, blessed be He, is the place of His Universe, but His Universe is not His place’ (Gen. R. LXVIII. 9). He encompasses space but space does not encompass Him.”-Abraham Cohen, Everyman’s Talmud, (SCHOCKEN BOOKS, NEW YORK 1995 reprint of 1949 edition) p. 8.
In no way does this imply God authors or condones sin, the first cause is in the Matrix, not God whose concurrence results from permitting free will creatures make their case in real time.
For example, in the movie “The Matrix” its residents made their choices, if someone drive a car it would behave as a car does driven by them, any consequences their fault alone. The Matrix was not the first cause, the actors in it are.
Nor does this support Gnostic heresy, the incarnation of Christ was in flesh is as real as we are, not one iota less.
Perhaps this has some relevance:
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (Matt. 17:20) KJV