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Timeish Stuff

In artists, Imagination on September 25, 2012 at 8:28 am

All things imagined are under the subjection to Time. Our imaginations can only imagine as far as Time has existed. It’s impossible to imagine what God was doing before Time. So, into what did Time come? Into what was Time added?

The answer is God created infinite space and added Time to it. He says so in Job 38:5, calling Time a “measuring line” around earth. Thanks to Einstein we know that space and Time are intertwined. Thus the fabric of the universe, called “space-time” (4th dimension) was created “In the beginning.”

This is the reason i’m including Time as a topic in this section of verse 1. Still, Time’s role was not the Time we know. The Time we are familiar with began on the official first day of earth. Later in Genesis vv. 4-5, we read about the first “day” drawing to a close.

Before these verses scripture doesn’t mention the value of Time. And it wasn’t until Day 1 when God gave value to Time. The first day was basically a strong declaration by God that set 24 hours as a day. God called a section of Time “day” and another section of Time “night”. He pretty much said “I have officially divided Time, and declare Time to segment into 24 hours in order to form a day.”

God didn’t only want to make days out of Time. He created Time so His creations would be able to have experiences and retain memories of prior experiences. In the words of a great 20th Century poet T.S. Eliot:

Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
(The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)

T.S. Eliot is saying that memories give the illusion to reverse the clock. The imagination takes us back in time by recalling past events, but we must press forward if we want to exist.

In a Timeless realm, could you or i have the capacity to organize eternal (a.k.a. unending) thoughts? Without Time, would we have access to every thought since no Past nor Future would exist? Would there be a sequence to our thoughts without Time?

Would we be able to experience one event without experiencing infinite events at once? Would infinite thoughts crush us if it were not for Time’s capacity to segment our thoughts? i don’t know the answer, this is why i’m asking these questions!