Sandra L Butler commented on ‘A Time without Time”
True. A day is a period of time (2 Peter 3:8). We entered God’s one-time Sabbath with the new millennium; the beginning of the seventh day or seven-thousandth year since the beginning of man’s spiritual decline, symbolized by the fall in the garden. If man had done the spiritual works (activity) that Jesus spoke of and illustrated for us in the beginning of the 5th day, his heart would have been made pure. He would have kept God’s one-time Sabbath Day, holy. The day that was meant for rest has become the day in which man must do the internal or spiritual works that will save him from himself. An oxymoron, indeed.Sandra Butler
Now, reguarding this oxymoron from the aspect of Philosophical Theology, what might happen when
Omnitemporality intersects with temporality?
Eleonore Stump and Norman Kretzmann (Stump and Kretzmann, 1981). began with their definition of Timelessness as Eternity. They took their cue from Boethius who articulated what became a standard understanding of divine timelessness: “Eternity, then, is the whole, simultaneous and perfect possession of boundless life” .
Stump and Kretzmann identify four ingredients that they claim are essential to an eternal being.
- First, any being that is timeless has life.
- Second, the life of a timeless thing is not able to be limited.
- Anything that has life must have duration but the duration of a timeless being is not a temporal duration.
- Last, a timeless being possesses its entire life all at once.
- https://autosummarizer.com/ Even before dealing with the question in hand early Theological Philosophers or the otherway around felt firstly that they must define God.
We postulate that God’s time breaks through ours at an instance within our herstory.
Humanity does abide in a dimension of time and it is linear(From our direct experience). From our first sunrise to our last; between which is Life.
We can’t help but notice what a worrisome thing is the notion of a timeless,omnitemporal,omnipresent,omnipotent deity to those who demand a measurable certainty. My argument begins with the Assumption that God does not abide within human time. My Faith allows me to disregard the paraphenalia of the HOW.
Assumption – God does not reside or abide within the parametres of Earthly time. Note Reside
Assumption 2- Humanity does reside within the parametres of Earthly time.
We postulate that God’s breaks through our mortal coil at instances within our herstory.
And what might happen at the very least is a blade of grass left unsullied by a foot nudged to the side by a whispering wind to the Salvation and Redemption of those working out our salvation in the Sabbath rest.
Einstien defined time as being Curved, we might say Arc shaped, now that begins to ring some bells, I hope. The most momentous occasion when God broke through the Arc of Time is when God became incarnate and mortal, when God in Christ Jesus became a temporal being defined by a birth life and a death. At one and the same time we are taught that this man also remained perfect divinity, Timeless and therefore outside of our space and time. And God is in two places yet. So the lunacy continues because we all seem to want to nail God down like a pet, yes even me,to possess Knowledge – the Original Sin. Great things happen when God sits down with humanity.
God has been popping in and out of our dimension ever since He created it. One of the first times that God’s presence appeared to all of the Israelites in a tangible way was at the foot of Mount Sinai in Exodus 19
The people had just left Egypt and planned to camp at Sinai. It’s here that the Lord tells Moses that if they keep His covenant, they would be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation . Moses proceeds to consecrate them, preparing the nation for this specific role of being a priestly kingdom. Too chicken to actually do what I am certain they were desperate to do they appointed Moses as their spokesperson and did not sit down with God. So God came to them, to dwell in the Tabernacle seemingly Temporal though not truly since God was everywhere else as well. Yet when we encounter God in our lives it is us being present with God in the Eternal Present which is God’s dimention. All catechisms fly out of the window.
Fire, wind, storm, and divine presence––it’s the whole package deal!Just like at Sinai imagine the beauty, the wonder, the majesty! It was a pretty powerful experience; But, once again, we see that God’s presence was limited to one physical location: Jerusalem’s temple.
This was a magnificent home, but something was still missing: an entire kingdom of priests.
The Green Bough Cometh
When Jesus assumed human form, He was confined to one physical location at a time. But Jesus did not remain in that mode indefinitely. He stated that it was better for Him to depart (a reference to his impending death, resurrection, and ascension) so that the “advocate” could arrive.
In the first Testament the Holy Spirit was given to Prophets, Priests and Kings but Joel promised a time when the Holy Spirit would be poured out on all people.
Joel 2:28 NIV “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Note well, whenever it is that God breaks through the Arc of time God is confined to one place because God has entered into temporal space where it is not possible to be even just two places at a time. The Holy Spirit had to be poured out on all humanity since this is the one way Jesus and the Father can be with us everywhere. It was at Pentecost when this firey event took place,
Acts 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia,Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine….[..]https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%202&version=NIV
1Peter 2:9 NIV
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood,a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Now, finally God has a kingdom of Priests to serve Him, Jewish Priests? Or are all Christians Priests and what does this mean?