A Christian’s Look at Time.

Some time back at the conclusion of our weekly Bible Study, my Rabbi (Pastor Michael) said something to the effect “I can relate to the eternity of time in the future, but it is much more difficult for me to look at eternity back in time.” Well, this got me to thinking (dangerous!) I think this is quite natural for us mere humans.

First, let’s take a look at time. How we measure time is a creation of man. We base our day on the rotation of one small planet and our year on the rotation of that planet around our small sun. Each are only one of billions in God’s universe.

Albert Einstein proved that time is actually a part of our physical universe, directly tied to the speed of light. We talk about light years and we are able to measure the distance to far galaxies through complex measures of light. An amazing thing is that movement at the speed of light, theoretically at least, means that things moving at that speed don’t “age” as we understand it. So, the light that reaches us from millions of light years away not only shows us what was happening in that part of the universe those millions of years away, the light is actually brand new when it gets here. A bewildering thought, isn’t it? I can’t really get my arms around that one.

In grade school, we learned the difference between a line and a ray. Theoretically, a line stretches to infinity in both directions. A ray begins at a point and stretches to infinity from that point, like light emitted from our sun. A line segment has a defined beginning and defined ending, just like our mortal lives.

Keeping it relatively simple for the moment, we know that God is infinite, like a line. He stretches infinitely before creation and will live infinitely into the future.

It is not so with creation itself and certainly not with humans. We had a beginning, a start. Christians call that start “creation.” Like the light emitted from the sun, our lives (eternal) are like a ray, not a line. We can, through Christ Jesus, envision the eternal future. Not so with the eternal past. Unlike God (Father, Son and Spirit), it is our human condition that allows us to see forward eternally and not backward in time. Hope is in the future, not in the past for us.

Now, to complicate things a bit more, time itself is a part of God’s creation. God is far beyond eternal, He is timeless!

If you can really wrap your mind around that one, you are far beyond me…

Shalom, Art

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3 Responses to A Christian’s Look at Time.

  1. Lovely…your writings were a double blessing, Art & Evelyn!! That caps my weekend! Love it, blessings to you both ~Zoey

  2. Steven Sawyer says:

    Beautiful, Art. And so many questions neither if us has “time” to answer. Thanks for posting.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    In man’s short time span life that he has been allotted (3 score and ten and perhaps now more ) he has so much to grasp his attention

    Ecclesiastes 3
    A Time for Everything

    1There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    2a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    3a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    4a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    6a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    7a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    8a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.
    9What do workers gain from their toil? 10I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yeta no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

    15Whatever is has already been,
    and what will be has been before;
    and God will call the past to account.b
    16And I saw something else under the sun:

    In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
    in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
    17I said to myself,

    “God will bring into judgment
    both the righteous and the wicked,
    for there will be a time for every activity,
    a time to judge every deed.”
    18I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breathc ; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

    22So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?

    But The Lord is looking beyond that, He wants us to spend eternity with Him. It is so important that He gave His beloved Son to die on the cross to make it possible to do just that .

    How shall you spend eternity?

    Psalm 90.2 says, “O Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place for all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth or ever thou hadst formed the Earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

    “But just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him'” (1 Cor. 2:9).

    Jesus said: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul”? (Mark 8:36-37) Your soul is the most valuable possession in the entire world.

    The Bible says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. (Heb. 9:27) The Bible states it clearly. Death is not the worst that could happen to you – IT IS INEVITABLE.

    This is what God did for us to spend eternity with Him , “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16)

    It is our choice where we will spend eternity I.e. forever – in heaven or hell.

    Note to Art: I usually do not comment in this fashion. Just felt compelled to share. Someone may just be needing this. You were the trigger. Thanks – appreciate your indulgence. Please continue with blogs on subject of time.

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