The following was a Facebook note that I posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 9:11pm
The ‘Timeline’ of God
Have you ever thought of how God has been around for FOREVER? He’s always been—never not!!
Sometimes I try to imagine as far back as I can in God’s history……and I never get to the end! I get to a certain point and I’m like, “Dude! It still GOES ON!!!” God is like that…he never stops he’s always going on. He is so Majestic, Powerful, and Awesome!! His Glory and Wonder—His Kingdom—has always been and always will be!! Oh, you can not IMAGINE it. In our little minds, in our comprehension, we can not imagine God. We think, “Oh, yeah God, I know who he is!” but compared to all of him, his whole history, we DO NOT know him. Now we know Jesus because he was in our lifetime. (Well, not mine but the human race lifetime.) But what we know of Jesus is not the entirety of God’s lifetime. What lifetime? He’s always been. Our life on earth is NOTHING compared to 6,000 years, let alone ETERNATY* that God has. I mean think about it, God does not have a beginning.
So you’re like “Dude, why did he not make us sooner?” Sooner then what? There was no ‘sooner’. Sooner is a word that is not in God’s vocabulary. ‘Sooner’, or, ‘closer to the beginning’. There was no beginning for God. So then if there was no beginning, now is just as long as then. There are many songs that say this, but my favorite is the last verse in Amazing Grace, “When we’ve been there ten thousand years………we’ve no less days to sing Gods praise then when we first begun.”
I like the way C.S. Lewis put it,
“Now the first thing to notice is that the whole sting of it comes in the words at the same moment. Most of us can imagine God attending to any number of applicants if only they came one by one and He had an endless time to do it in. So what is really at the back of this difficulty is the idea of God having to fit too many things into one moment of time.
Well that is of course what happens to us. Our life comes to us moment by moment. One moment disappears before the next comes along: and there is room for very little in each. That is what Time is like. And of course you and I tend to take it for granted that this Time series—this arrangement of past, present and future—is not simply the way life comes to us but the way all things really exist. We tend to assume that the whole universe and God Himself are always moving on from past to future just as we do. But many learned men do not agree with that. It was the theologians who first started the idea that some things are not in Time at all: later the Philosophers took it over: and now some of the scientists are doing the same.
Almost certainly God is not Time. His life does not consist of moments following one another. If a million people are praying to Him at ten-thirty tonight, He need not listen to them all in that one little snippet which we call ten-thirty. Ten-thirty—and every other moment from the beginning of the world—is always the Present for Him. If you like to put it that way, He has all eternity in which to listen to the split second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashes in flames.
That is difficult, I know. Let me try to give something, not the same, but a bit like it. Suppose I am writing a novel. I write ‘Mary laid down her work; next moment came a knock at the door!’ For Mary who has to live in the imaginary time of my story there is no interval between putting down her work and hearing the knock. But I, who am Mary’s maker, do not live in that imaginary time at all. Between writing the first half of that sentence and the second, I might sit down for three hours and think steadily about Mary. I could think about Mary as if she were the only character in the book and for as long as I pleased, and the hours I spent in doing so would not appear in Mary’s time (the time inside the story) at all.
pp. 166-167, book 4, chap. 3, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
So in other words, eternity (God’s ‘time’) is like a straight T i m e – L i n e, that is all in one moment. For him there is no Past or Future, only Present. For him the Romans are still killing his son, Jesus. That is also why he CAN’T forget the hurt! He feels it this VERY moment. Yet he still forgives and saves us! That is AWESOME!!
I am writing this purely for the Glory of God!
*I can’t even think that far back. We have a beginning and an end, we can only think within our ability. Because we have a beginning we can’t imagine anything else. Just like a warm climate person can’t think of -40*. And a Northerner can’t imagine a winter without snow…that is unless we experience it. I could always imagine (a little bit) Christmas without snow. But I could not fully comprehend it, until I experienced it. Once we get to eternity, it will be comprehendible. But we cannot comprehend God. Because we weren’t, aren’t and never will be God. We don’t understand the trinity because we weren’t, aren’t and never will be three in one. And I don’t think we will EVER understand God’s beginning, because we will always have a beginning. None of us will have an end. Here on earth, yes. If you think about it, it is easier to comprehend never ending (at least for me) then never beginning. It’s still hard though because I have not experienced it.