Monday, July 11, 2011

A Glimpse of Eternity

"That's what I see. All the time.
And doesn't it drive you mad?"
"It's like when you're a kid, the first time they tell you that the earth's turning and you just can't quite believe it because everything looks like its standing still. I can feel it. The turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet spinning a thousand miles an hour. And the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty-seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go... That's who I am."

A few weeks ago I was attempting to explain time loops and time paradoxes and time-space continuums to a friend of time.  Her reaction was to get increasingly dizzy as I expounded upon fixed and flux time, and how something could be everywhere and everytime.

"You are tiny. I can see the whole of time and space; every single atom of your existence. I can see everything. All that is... or was... or that ever could be."

I explained about the time-space vortex, and how it was everywhere, not in just one location. Time is like a sphere, and we are tiny threads running over it. And I tried to give examples of how something affects all of space-time, not just one part. Not just one time period, or one location. It's more than being everywhere at once, it's being everytime at once. Literally everywhere, all encompassing. No beginning or end. It doesn't exist in time for it is time.  Then I was struck by a sudden thought.

"And the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us."
That's what Eternity is. It's not a measurement of time... it is time. It's all of time. It's past, present and future. When the bible talks about being with Christ for Eternity it doesn't just mean for the rest of time. It's not from here on out. It's here, and always. We're not just with him for forever, we always have been. From the beginning, to the end, and back again. We were never without him. It's Eternity, Forever, and with everything. Every moment in history, every part of time and space, outside it and beyond... so completely, utterly, and totally encompassing, beyond any restrictions or dimensions that logic or rationality can explain. And that's dizzying, eh?

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God and the same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

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