Before sin, there was no time in the sense that we know it now.  Ecclesiastes says that our hearts were made for eternity.  That is why the issue of time can be frustrating to us:

“Why are things taking so long!”

“We need more time!”

“This day has flown by.”

Time is a product of evil.  We were made for a timeless enjoyment of God, but we rejected that truth in the Garden and exchanged it for a lie.  Things won’t get better until we reach that timeless enjoyment of him.  Lord willing, that time will come soon.

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4 thoughts on “The Curse of Time

  1. That’s actually very poetic, but not true. Time is not the enemy nor are we made for timelessness. We’re made to share in God’s own life, but that does not elevate us to Angels (who without corporality do not experience time in the sense that we know it) nor does it lower us to animals (who cannot move beyond their creation in matter). I would highly recommend “Christ and Apollo: The Dimensions of the Literary Imagination” as a great reference point on the tendency of modern thought to escape time as opposed to seeing it as the very means by which God communicates his will and plan.

    http://www.amazon.com/Christ-Apollo-Dimensions-Literary-Imagination/dp/1932236228

  2. Of course God communicates his will and plan in time. He has to. If there had been no sin, man would have always known God’s will and plan. Instead, we sinned and therefore, time is now a burden, not a joy. Time is now a hindrance between us and God. For 33 years, Jesus walked this earth, but no more. We have his Spirit, yes, but Jesus is not with us as he once was. This is why Jesus says of his disciples that when the “bridegroom is taken away, they will fast” (Matt. 9:15; Mark 2:20; Luke 5:35). When time ends for us (either through death or the Second Coming) we will actually BE WITH Jesus, face to face, and not just have his Spirit dwelling in us.

    Furthermore, Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Time is good, yes, even though it is a burden and a hindrance to us. Still, we were made for eternity. We were not made for this world, but a heavenly country. That is plain from Scripture. Do you disagree with that?

  3. By definition, we are temporal beings, because, for each of us, there was a point at which we began to exist. Thus, even in heaven there will some sense of time (again, there will be definitive day at which we begin to exist in heaven). The only truly timeless being is God Himself, as he has existed, and always will exist. Not so for us — time and creation are inextricably bound up.

    I have never heard of/read any Christian philosopher or theologian who has said anything other than this, though I understand that this may be a bit counterintuitive.

    Thus, time itself is not a product of evil; it is a product of creation.

  4. Thanks Mike. Perhaps my vocabulary was poorly chosen. I think when I say that time is a product of evil, I mean *time* in the sense that we know it. Before we sinned, time wasn’t an issue. Of course there was time when God created the world, so it was good. However, it wasn’t time like we know it now. The sun rose and the sun set, yes, but there wasn’t this feeling of time as a roadblock between us and God. As soon as we sinned, we said, “Crap, now we are running out of time. We are going to face death.” Which is not what we were created for either. So, perhaps I should have said, “Time is good, because God created it. But time in the way we see it after sin is a product of man’s sin.”

    What I was trying to crystallize is that we were made for eternity–a timeless enjoyment of God when we are in heaven and say, “It’s been 10 million years and we’ve just begun!” We chose something else by sinning.

    Again, thanks for your insight. Always helpful, Mike.

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