Off the usual moral themes of this blog, this is simply a logical discussion. Time is an attribute of God. You will not find this in any theological text and as far as I know I am the only one to espouse this idea, but it feels right, it appears logical, and common sense verifies it as true.
The “brains” of this world, the intellectuals, are fond of making things very complicated. “Instinct” is an invented word that means “we do not really have any idea.” The dictionary defines “instinct” as “an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species.” Why do birds fly south in the winter before it turns cold? Why do the swallows fly from Argentina over the same pattern to San Juan Capistrano every year? Why does a dog chase its tail? Actually, we have no idea, so we ascribe these behaviors to “instinct.”
In the same way, the late Stephen Hawkings, the brilliant and modest physics genius had problems explaining how life could evolve in the universe without God, so he came up with the idea of a “multiverse,” an infinite number of possible universes in which one, ours, could possibly have evolved life without Outside interference. A pretty idea, but sounding an awful lot like Star Trek, it is basically absurd intellectualism to disguise his lack of evidence shrouded in complex mathematical formulae that he claimed “proved” there was no need for God. The amazing thing about truth, or Truth if you prefer, is that it is usually self-evident. “The king is not wearing any clothes” is a statement only a child would make in a kingdom that could not bear royal embarrassment. No need for complicated conspiracy theories or complex equations.
So let’s get back to Time, a feature of our universe that I believe to be an attribute of God, like Space (yeah, that one, too, but maybe for another blog). Time stretches back into eternity past and forward to an eternal future. It, like God, is immutable; that is, it never changes in spite of Einstein’s ideas. It is beyond the pale of man’s imagination to figure out a “time” when Time did not exist. There is no reference of the Bible that says Time had a beginning. The created universe had one, but “when” did that happen?
There are other things about God that our little minds cannot fully understand. Remember, HE is God, we are not! Thus, we have to rely on what He has revealed about Himself. Somehow, He is Three-In-One, a single being with three persons. We followers of Jesus are not tri-theists. There is One God, and He is ONE. Yet Father blesses the Son at His baptism and the Holy Spirit descends like a dove over Him (Luke 3:21-22); all “parts” of God, yet each is fully God and sort of like . . . well, there is no adequate illustration of God, because He IS God and there is only ONE of Him, and no one and nothing else in the universe is like Him.
So let’s get back to Time, again. The Bible never says, “Time will be no more.” That’s a line from a nice song about spending eternity with Him, but not a theological reality. When will we be with Him? When we leave this world by death or the Lord’s return. How long will we be with Him? For all the Time of eternity. Clearly the Bible does not teach that we will somehow lose personality or identity; mystically absorbed into the infinite (Buddhism). Hinduism and Jainism teach there is a personal soul but its blissfulness is very close to Buddhism’s loss of personality by the time you reach that state.
The Bible shows individuals around the Throne of God worshiping Him, not in some ethereal sphere of timelessness, but in Eternal Time (Revelation 4 and 22). It is the measuring of Time that changes, not time itself. Einstein pictured a train passing at some distance from an observer, and it seemed to go slower than it appeared to someone on the train. We see this when we watch a jet slowly traversing the sky; we can trace its travel with our finger, but if we were in a balloon up next to it, it would be whizzing by! But the time and speed it is traveling does not change; only our perception of it. So Time does not bend, but our measurement of it does. We have all experienced this in the way we perceive time, sometimes happening very quickly, sometimes very slowly. But Time is constant and does not change.
There was a time when God was alone . . . as the Three-In-One who had communion within Himself. Then at some time in the Eternity past, He decided to share His existence with others, so He created amazing beings (to humans) of light and majesty, that if we were to encounter one of them, we would be inclined to worship him (Revelation 19:9-10). Like God, He gave them free will, intelligence and emotions.
Then at another point in Time, Lucifer (Light-Bearer), one of the chief three angels came up with an absurd and twisted idea that he wanted to be God (Isaiah 14:14). However, the insanity of his thought was that he was a created being, not eternally existent in the past; not omniscient, not omnipresent, not omnipotent, not containing Time and Space in himself. So God kicked him out of Heaven, i.e. left him out of relationship, and separated him and the third of angels who followed him from the Life, Light, and Love that is God.
At another time, God decided to create another being, after creating the Earth, the planets, the stars and the galaxies of our universe. He made this one with free will, intelligence and emotion as well. Only this time He limited how much of Himself He would show to these created beings. So Adam and Eve walked and talked with God, who apparently took on a form that they could comprehend. Now we live in the in-between Time, between Eternity Past and Eternity Future, but actually part of the Eternal Time: “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
So in my childlike view of The Emperor’s New Clothes, my little brain just figures Time is an attribute of God. What difference does this make? Very little for our spiritual lives. Like arguments between the Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday crucifixion of our Lord, the important issue is that He was crucified and raised from the dead. The important thing about Time is that it is in His hands and He has numbered the days for each of us before we appear before Him (Psalm 139:16).
As for Space, besides the Acts 17 reference, you can look at Colossians 1:16-17: “For IN him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and IN him all things hold together.” He inhabits the “Colossian Space.” (see https://www.physicsoftheuniverse.com/topics_relativity_spacetime.html)
Just wondering while wandering through Time and Space.
3 thoughts on “Wondering While Wandering Through Time and Space”
Hello, my brother, I really enjoyed going through this article. Thought provoking, for sure, that one of God’s attribute is time, eternally! I’ve appreciated the aspect of you tackling perhaps, a “new” thing for our contemporary society. I’d recommend St. Augustine on the same treatment. I’ve forgotten the title, but he did go further in detail., in explaining what you wrote here.
Duh, if Stephen Hawking would have read that work I’m sure, Augustine would cause him to think hard. Let me look it up and see if I can get a soft copy; even though I read through it many years ago through hard copy.
Either way, you should consider re-publishing this article for 2021, yes? I think it can get more interaction from your readers since in 2018 I bet many, perhaps (?), might have missed it? Just a thought, though. 🙂
Very glad to read your works, as always!
I may have read Augustine on this many years ago. I kept a quote from what I read: “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” But like you, I cannot recall where.
As for republishing, it is not high on my agenda as there appear to be much more pressing things the Spirit is bringing to mind. But your encouragement is always such a blessing to me. yours and His, c.a.
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A very interesting read. Thanks for pointing me to it! I would not dispute any of what you have said. Funny, the paragraph about the Bible not saying time will end reminded me of reading Revelation 10:6 in the KJV last week, which ends, “that there should be time no longer.” If you look at other translations, most of them say there will be no more delay. The word in the Greek is chronos. I am not able to make a judgement about the meaning one way or the other. If time is an attribute of God, then it will clearly not go away. There is also that reference in 1 Corinthians 15:18 – And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. Time sure seems to fit into the “all” category!