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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!

Contagious Imagination

In Imagination on June 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Because we imagine, we’re able to create. It’s from this life of active images that we become imagining beings. And as imagining beings our imagination leads to one thing. In his book, The Poetics of Space, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard tells us what that one thing is:

In analyzing images of immensity, we should realize within ourselves the pure being of pure imagination. It then becomes clear that works of art are the by-products of this existentialism of the imagining being. (p184)

Art is the result. We could say it’s fruit from imagining beings. Art is what makes us special from all other living beings. Through it imaginations become contagious. History has been altered on many occasions due to the implementation of contagious imaginations.

What if we cemented all humanity’s imaginations together for a task? What if the collective creativity in humanity came together at one time to glorify God? What state of life would we live? Perhaps a portion of heaven on earth?

What else would spread from a collective imagination of believers? How much exponentially would our contagion become if we all produced art for God in our generation? The outcome would be contagious imaginations glorifying God in ways we never dreamed. i’m certain it would usher in Christ’s return.

Once-In-An-Eternity Personality

In Adam and Eve, Imagination on June 18, 2012 at 3:15 am

Of all the personalities to come from an infinite God with infinite creativity – came forth Adam and Eve. The depth of  options for God to create a personality hurts me to think about. God’s infinite combination of personalities were intentionally sorted down to two types.

Adam and Eve’s genetic make-up was not an accident. They didn’t accidentally become themselves. God not only gave them breath of life, but instilled a once-in-an-eternity personality in each of them. As His first human creations, He formed them to be themselves. For this is how He created them. And they did the best they could while being themselves. God has also done this with you! He has chosen specific characteristics for you to be who you are. Everything good about you was intentionally created by God as part of your design.

Imagine the oxygen, colors, animals, water from a new earth. Now imagine losing all of it. Imagine being banished from it and inheriting a decaying world with allergies and airborne illness, faded colors, angry animals, and undrinkable water.

God loved them and trusted them to do the right thing. They were designed for that day and time. They disobeyed God and lost it all; including God’s presence. Instead, they were left with His essence. God hid His face beyond the 10 dimensions of space and time. One day they saw God, and the next they only heard Him walking in the cool of the day:

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:7-8

Never having felt shame to suddenly having shame poured over you is severe. The Imagination had to work overtime to make sense from new sensations and feelings of separation from God. And perhaps it was this separation which was true shame. Randy Elrod proposes, “What if they [Adam and Eve] were ashamed of what they had lost (an intimate connection) rather than ashamed of their nakedness” (Sex, Lies & Religion, p30)?

This separation would last until Jesus died on the cross for us. As Francis A. Schaeffer points out, “The separations that resulted from man’s Fall were bought to their climax as Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, being bruised and bearing our sins in substitution, cried aloud: ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ (Mt. 27:46)” (Genesis in Space and Time, p106).

After Jesus cried these words, He forced victory through His lips with “It is finished” (John 19:30). The separation had ended. The direct relationship of humanity with their Creator was reunited. But Adam and Eve could’ve only dreamt of such a day. i wonder if they dared to imagine such a redeemed reality. As for their reality, they had plenty to think about.

Jesus’ Imagination Revealed

In Imagination, Jesus on May 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Adam was already in a sinless world and still had the ability to sin. Jesus was in a sinful world and had the ability to remain sinless. Adam’s imagination had no capacity to think of an evil alternative reality because he didn’t know good and evil.

Jesus’ imagination knew of both the evil and the righteous realities which could come from mankind. Like Adam’s imagination in the garden, Jesus’ imagination was still very creative. The parables he taught are proof enough that even in a sinless body, within a sinful world, that the imagination can still be highly active.

John the apostle tells a story of when guards were sent by the chief priests and Pharisees to seize Jesus but couldn’t. Instead of arresting Jesus, the guards had found themselves listening to His sermon. This particular sermon roused questions of whether He was the Christ.

When the guards reported back to the chief priests and Pharisees without having arrested Jesus, they didn’t encounter a warm welcome. They were bombarded with the question, “Why didn’t you bring him in” (John 8:45)? The guards’ reply really distinguishes our Lord. They replied, “No one ever spoke the way this man does” (John 8:46). Talk about hitting the nail on it’s head! With these words, the guards summed up Jesus’ imagination.

Perfect Imagination = Sinless Mind

In Imagination on May 9, 2012 at 4:13 am

You’ve probably been asked this baffling question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, then does it make a sound?” Before you answer this, think about this one. “If a man speaks his mind in a forest and no woman is around to hear him, then is he still wrong?” i’m not going to answer it. But if we could ask the first couple on earth this question, they’d probably say “yes”.

Adam and Eve are such an interesting couple to think about.  Matter of fact if you had to paint them would you give them a bellybutton? This was a question of much debate back in the day. The church scrutinized Michelangelo for giving them a naval in his portraits on the Sistine Chapel. Hopefully, i’ve gotten your mind on track to think about Adam and Eve.

It was by thinking of the way Adam and Eve lived when i asked myself, “What were they thinking?” Their creative process and more specifically their imaginations changed after sin. But what were their imaginations like before sin? What is the imagination like in a sinless state of reality?

Adam and Eve are the only people, besides Jesus, to have had a perfect imagination. Perfect in the sense of sinless. Though, for Adam and Eve this window of “perfect imagination” was shut rather quickly. After they disobeyed God, their environment, as well as their bodies, and imaginations were instantly altered.

Imagination is a Canvas for God

In Imagination on May 9, 2012 at 3:25 am

We daily encounter decisions and each decision has an alternative reality. The path we choose can make or break us. That’s why it’s important to use the versatility of the imagination. It’s great to use it as a pathway to release creativity, but it’s even better to use it as a gateway into righteous living. In short, it places our feet near a threshold to avoid rash decisions. The imagination is a tool to holiness. It’s an extension of God. A sermon by revivalist Bill Johnson tells how our imagination is God’s literal canvas:

Your mind is a gift from God, to reflect, mirror, catch the thoughts, the ambitions, the imaginations of God himself. Every artist starts with a clean canvas. And your mind was created to be the canvas that God paints on. (Podcast: “See, Hear, Remember” 11/10/2011)

The sad part is that most of us are tuned out to the pictures God paints on our mind. Most Christians don’t even get as far as a smudge of color on their canvas. And others get a few brush strokes and automatically assume they have the right answer instead of waiting for the full picture from God.