Living at the Corner of Time and Eternity

I’m glad I’m not a scientist. I already feel like I think too much. Now that we have the internet, we are all privy to the vast, huge, enormous pool of ideas and opinions that are ever forthcoming from pretty much everyone. There was a time when genuine scientists were the sole purveyors of all things scientific, and by that I mean, not just those capable of wrapping their minds around such heady concepts, but limited to those with the financial means to study these things in the rarefied echelon of those who are capable of teaching them.

For myself, even the vocabulary associated with “high science” does something terrible to my brain. And bar graphs, pie charts, and those ones with one set of variables running down the side and another on the bottom, it’s like someone with terrible allergies walking outside on a day when the allergy index is off the charts. My brain seizes up and starts having spasms.

And yet I still sometimes veer over into musings about questions like “time, is it real or just an illusion?”

At one time in my life, I was very much into the idea of learning anything and everything, sort of like being presented with a huge variety of food flavors and enjoying them for the sake of the experience. It is like collecting anything else, after a while you realize the futility of most of it.

After a while, I came to realize that an awful lot of what is presented as “knowledge” is pretty worthless for anything other than showing off to people who know less than you do about something. There is a whole lot of “ever learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).

Entire college curricula are comprised of fairly useless “knowledge” these days. It is useless because it is not accompanied by wisdom. It’s not accompanied by wisdom because it excludes the fear of the Lord, which Proverbs 1:7 tells us is the “beginning of wisdom”. In other words, it’s the very foundation.

What good is knowing Archimedes’ Law of Buoyancy if you don’t know or even believe in the One who enacted that law? People credit Archimedes for the “discovery” of this law while denying that there is Someone behind it who imposed and enforces it. And yet all of societal law is backed by the power of some authority or other, be it police, judge, prison system, etc. Our entire concept of law rests upon the fact that for a law to be of any good, there must be a means of enforcement by some intelligent being with power and authority over those who are subject to said law.

Knowledge without wisdom is personified in Hartle and Hawking’s “No Boundries” theory of time. These brilliant men wanted the Big Bang to be real so badly, they tried to “fix” it with the proposal that time has no end and no beginning. The irony! People who read Bibles call that “eternity”. Coulda saved themselves millions of dollars and countless hours, but nooooo! Had to “re-invent the wheel”

Had he lived longer, maybe Hawking would have accidentally proven to himself there is, indeed, a God and He created everything. Hard to find what you aren’t looking for, but does happen by accident from time to time!

He knows better now! God gave him plenty of chances. He lived waaaay longer with Lou Gehrig disease/ ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) than the average of three years or less. Diagnosed at age 21 in 1963, he just died 2 years and 7 months ago at age 76. Those diagnosed at young age do stand a better chance of longevity, but Hawking’s 55 years is the world record!

My theory about time ( and eternity) is based on 1st Thessalonians 4:15-17.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

We (the living redeemed) won’t precede the dead in Christ, but will be caught up.

To be “caught up” can convey more than one meaning.

“The fireplane pilot swept low, skimming the river, and caught up about 16,000 gallons of water, then flew back above the fire and dropped it”.

“I am finally all caught up on my Chemistry homework”

I think that if heaven is outside of time, and Earth is inside of time, we literally “catch up” to the dead in Christ in the threshold or doorway between this realm to that one because, that threshold is where time stops for all of us!