Tuesday, January 31, 2006

(2) Sequential Time

"It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power" (Acts 1:7).
God is not confined by time. We were not created to be confined by time. Time began with the curse of sin. When death began, time began. Before sin man was to use time as God uses time.
God uses time as a tool. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" (Ecclesaties 3:1). The time we experience sequentially, moment by moment, God uses to achieve His purpose in His creation.
God is outside sequential time. As we saw in the last post, any amount of time, no matter how expansive, is nothing in eternity. God is the eternal that time is kept in. The time we exsist in God views as one complete segment. God is without time.
I think it's important that we relize that events do not happen in sequence with God. Everything God does He does instantly and completely. Everything we experience moment by moment in the reality God created for us to exsist in has already been completed and finished in God's reality. God is in a reality outside the one we exsist in. Our reality is contained in Him.
Once we realize the significance of these truths we can begin to understand the full impact of God stepping out of eternity into time to experience our reality. In my next post we go back before our time into eternity past and really start digging into some meat.

Monday, January 30, 2006

(1) Time in Eternity

"Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God" (Psalm 93:1-3).

When I was 5 a year seemed like a long time. A year then was 1/5th of my life. At 30 the years seemed faster. A year now became 1/30th of my life. The year didn't change but the perspective did. 1/30th is a smaller portion than 1/5th.

As long as I grow older each individual year becomes less of my overall life experience and in the same way any amount of time that has an established beginnning and end will always become less significant as long as "time keeps marching on".

In Psalm 93 and numerous other verses in the Bible we find that God is from everlasting to everlasting, or eternal. Once we relize the implications of eterity a great many truths present themselves. It is these truths I wish to explore in this blog.

There are an awful lot of really big numbers. One very big named number is googol which is a 1 with 100 0's behind it. It looks like this:


The largest named number is googolplex which is 1 times 10 googol, or a 1 with googol 0's behind it. I'd write it out for you, but "not only would it be longer than the diameter of the universe, but, it would take more particles than are in the known universe to even write down the digits of a googolplex one particle per digit". (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

If I were to live to the ripe old age of a googolplex then 1 year in my life would be almost an infinatly small portion of the overall whole. Just think of 1 in
time's 10 .

It is estimated that the universe is between 10 and 20 billion years old depending on who and what you read. Whether I agree with this or not is illrelevent. The thought I would like to leave you with is that even if the unviverse were 100 billion years old it would still have a beginning and it will have an end. It would still become insignificant against a bigger sum such as a googolplex, but even a googolplex of time is less than nothing in the scope of eternity which God is bigger than. Eternity cannot contain God and so it goes on from everlasting to everlasting.

We will dive deeper into this when I write again.