Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Defining "Time"

I went on the Internet to acquire the definition of the word “time”, so that you might be able to better follow my reasoning. I decided to use Webster’s online dictionary for this purpose. I was amazed to find 64 different idioms and definitions for the word – time and times – it was amazing.  

However, I settled upon two specific definitions that more closely define my intentions, for this series. They are:
1.             “Duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration.”
2.             “A limited period or interval, as between two successive events” (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/time?s=t)


Let us begin with definition #1: The duration of time, to which I initially referred did have to do with our present lives; the times in which we are now living. I believe that life on this planet earth, as we now know it, will soon be over. I do not believe that we, as human beings, can continue to live in a world that is filled with violence, chaos, dishonor, disrespect, dictatorships, inhumanity, political factions, religious differences, war, environmental instability, etc. Additionally, let me quickly state that I am not advocating a new world order, as we have heard it talked about from various political or world leaders; nor a new world government run by finite human beings. However, I will discuss this idea more fully in a future blog.

With reference to definition #2: I do see time as being limited to the period that finite human beings are “apparently” in charge of what happens, in this world. The period of time that is presently being occupied by us now is a period of time, which lies between two successive events – the beginning and the ending of the world. Now before you give up on me and say that I’m being illogical, give this some serious thought.

Each of us might have a different theory regarding how the world actually started, however, based on my theory regarding this series, as a creationist, I believe that a divine being created the heavens and the earth, along with human beings. None of us were here when it began; we all were born into this chaotic mess. However, there is a very good story behind how this perfectly “good” world, turned into this horrible mess. At some point, I shall visit that concept also; but for now, let us move on to the next point.

Having been born into this world, which was already created, we must admit that it had a “beginning”. Now, some of you may think that when you die, for you that will be the end of the world – but I beg to differ. I believe that there is a definite, set time, for this physical world to end, just like it began. I do not believe that any human being knows when that exact time will be, but according to my reference book, the Bible, it gives some definite time markers, which indicate when the time is getting close. As I looked at some of those time markers, I made the following statement in my January 30, blog:

“The Christian church is living in a time of divine judgment, not sinners (let me quickly clarify that sinners will be judged as well). If there ever was a time that the Christian believer should draw close to God; return to Bible based teachings; to put known sin out of his or her life and to seek the well-being of others, it is now. “


I made that statement based on a Scripture found in the book of Revelation 14:6-7, which reads:


“6) And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7) Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

To be continued in the next blog; don’t miss it!