What is the nature of time?
February 13, 2007 10:58pm CST
This falls under philosophy and science too, so don't shy away. What exactly IS time? When we argue origins, we debate the diferrence between thousands of years or billions of years. Is it possible that God created 16 billion years in six days? Why or why not? Please respond as extensively as possible.
14 Feb 07
I would say time is the category within which space and matter and energy function. I don't think God will created 16 billions years in six days. Why would would God fool us by creating 16 billion years in 6 days. He could as well have created us in 16 billion years days. Some people say that God created us in six days. I think that is not true, unless that 'six' days is in figurative sense. How could the plant be watered and be made to grow in a day or two, and how could the light of the star reach the earth so early? One can say God can miraculously do all those things. Did God create Eve after 5 hours of creating Adam. And then when did Adam feel lonely? When did he sleep? Immediately after creation? There are all sorts of problem if we read the Genesis too literally. To say that God takes long time to create the universe is not at all wrong, as far as I am concerned. The word 'day' (Yom in Hebrew) need not always be translated as 24 hour duration. It could go both ways, 24 hr duration as well as long unspecified time.
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16 Feb 07
I've looked into the YOM equals unspecified era of time theory, and I just don't think it adds up. There is an unlimited amount of time found in Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. The and could represent any amount of time. But the rest of the story sems to flow in a way that is not consistent with modern scientific theory. I never thought about the time it takes light to travel from the stars to the Earth in relation to creation. That's a really interesting point.