Sunday, November 07, 2010

It’s a matter of time, Part 2



This article is the second of a two-part series. See "It's a matter of time, Part 1." Also see my response to a comment made to that initial article, "Hermeneutics" and to my article last week, "In the beginning God created, Satan did not destroy." The original reason for writing the article was a response to an on-going discussion I am having with a relative in regard to the Creation account in the Bible.


Now, consider time from God’s perspective.

In Peter we read that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day (II Pet. 3:8). In the Psalms we read that a thousand years in God’s sight are as yesterday when it is passed, and as a watch in the night (Psalm 90:4). As you know, God is infinite. Anything divided by infinity is zero. Any amount of time is finite. So, For God all time is zero. A nano second is then the same as fifteen billion years for God. When He created the stars the light of them stretched from one end of the universe to the other in an instant.

Consider the miracles of the Holy Bible and the time involved.

In the Marriage Feast of Cana (John 2:1-11) water is drawn out of a pot filled with water and taken to the head master. The head master drinks it and says it’s the best wine offered at the feast. From the time that the water is drawn until the head master drinks it the water has turned into wine.

Consider how much time is compressed into these moments. The plants have to grow, they have to be pruned, the fruit has to grow, ripen, be harvested, pressed, allowed to ferment and aged. This is a process that would take several years depending how much you want it aged. Considering that God made the wine it probably has an eternal age to it. All of the time for this process to occur naturally was accomplished in a moment by God. We see from this that God isn’t limited to the time constraints of the natural process.

Furthermore, consider the widows oil in II Kings 4:1-7. The woman was a widow and had two sons whom the creditor was going to take to be bond men to pay off the debt. So the widow asked Elisha what she should do. Elisha asked what she had in the house. She said a small pot of oil. So Elisha said go borrow from your neighbors as many containers as you can. Elisha said shut the door on yourself and your sons and pour the oil into the containers. She proceeded to fill all the containers with the oil. How much time would be required to make this much oil through the normal process? God did it in just the amount time it took the woman to pour it into the containers. God not only provided oil in no time at all but He provided oil where there was no oil. There was more oil poured into the new containers than what was in the original container. In other words God multiplied the oil as she poured it.

When Jesus was walking on the water and the disciples saw Him the disciples had rowed half across the lake. Peter got out of the boat to walk to Jesus and then got back in the boat with Jesus. And then immediately they were at their destination. Imagine the time it would take to get from the middle of the lake to shore. And God did it in an instant. He is not limited by the natural constraints. Therefore, why should we believe He is limited by natural constraints in creation?

Jesus said they have Moses and the prophets. If they don’t believe Moses and the prophets they won’t believe even though ones rises from the dead and goes to them. So if you don’t believe what Moses has written on creation, how will you believe?

P.S.

Fellow A Good Choice ... blogger, Matt wrote a good article on the various theories concerning creation with a good analysis of them. However it must be remembered that the Biblical book of Genesis is not a theory and is to be taken quite literally. It is a revelation by God to Moses and is an eye witness account of creation. God was there and He spoke to Moses face to face for forty years. I doubt if the people who contradict Moses can talk to animals which they can see much less talk to God who they cant see. Moses talked with God in person, face to face, as with a friend. When one speaks against Moses, it is God who is demeaned. - - - Sam

1 comment:

Jesse Clark said...

I actually had to take the last line of this blog and add it as a favorite quote to my FB.

I do question though if time is seperate from God. Consider a writer writing a story. To the characters time is happening at a relentless pace, but for the author it is exactly whatever time he is focusing on. To the writer the last page is as clear and present as the first, not only that but the writer can "answer prayers" in both the future and the past. So then the progression of time is the 'focus' of the writer. It's not something seperate from the writer, the story won't "move" without their attention.