Why did a timeless God create time? - John Van Sloten

August 29, 2010

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we look at the concept of time. Why did you create time God?

There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens Ecclesiastes 3:1

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late
The Byrds, 1965

The time has come, he said. The kingdom of God is near.
Jesus in Mark 1:15


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October 18, 2016
If god created time it means there was moment when only god existed an then there was moment when both time and god existed. Two discernible moments means time exists.
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October 10, 2015
Creating time is nonsensical since doing so requires a sequence: "There was no time, then there was time." You need time to create time. Time is a part of God's nature, and He has existed from eternity past. The concept of God being outside of time came from pagan philosophy, not the Bible.
FEELSonWHEELS
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November 22, 2013
Pls meditate on the Eternal Nature of God & U you will get the ans In Brief-God Created time so that man may know how weak & timid he Is, no matter how much one boasts in itself.You are only Dust.This is just a fraction that I am putting here.We can never understand God with our small & limited wisdom.It's only through Prayers & his grace, the copious God grants his knowledge to the sincere hearts.A word of advice with respect & Prayer.Pls do not Preach with human wisdom.Use God's wisdom ONLY
gaurav chopra
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July 20, 2012
cause and effect doesnt apply to God because he has never not existed
ShinobiGarth
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May 21, 2012
What I don't understand is that you start off by saying God is everything,
then you say God is nothing. This same argument can be used to explain the big
bang lol And it sounds very contradictory. In nothing, how can there be
positive and negative because that would obviously mean there are two things
and the action of them cancelling each other out is cause and effect. And if
cause and effect exists, on the basis for your argument, then one can ask the
question what caused God. Good attempt tho

CMVMic
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April 24, 2012
Simply. God is unchanging and exists eternally in the "now". Not in a dimension of "time". But "to create" is "to change". And change requires time. So for God to create, the first thing he created was time and creatures to create within that dimension of time. And so we do....changing (creating) every second of the day. God's "will" is not "thought". "Will" just is, so no time is required.

As to T1 and T2, God is all things.....positive and negative....which cancels each other out. Zero. So God is "everything"; but in fact, God is "nothing". In "nothing", all possibilities exist; as opposed to "everything" that can be eventually defined. So the Bible is correct that all things were created from nothing. Thus, no time in Zero.

MaryCasey1100
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April 10, 2012
Stumble and fall the truth stands tall/reclaim the salty character of time and the covenant identity to be a light with the memory of exodus still on the lips and the flight to a desert wilderness as a refreshing gift/reorientation for the journey ahead/we are not the center of the universe
jake bosch
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April 03, 2012
If God is timeless, that means that there could be 0 time delay between his will to create the universe and the universe actually existing because time wouldn't exist. However, if God is timeless that means he always must have had the will to create the universe, if he didn't, that means there are two points of time being indicated:

T1: God didn't have the will to create the universe
T2 God did have the will.

The idea of God having the "will" to create the universe implies time between the will and the creation, if there was no time between the will and the creation, and the will always existed then the universe would be eternal.

If the universe requires an external cause, it was most likely a spontaneous non-sentient timeless external cause (assuming time began at The Big Bang) because this cuts out the "will" which in turn, cuts out the problem of time implications in a timeless domain.

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November 23, 2010
I like the question. Assume, for the moment, that time is not an illusion. One of the constants of time is change. Catholic theology teaches that the next world is perfect. That, by definition, means immutable (a.k.a. unchanging). Hence, if you go to Heaven or hell, that's where you stay. It also helps explain why ghosts seem to repeat their actions over and over. They are stuck. They cannot change. Time allowed a paradox. By dying, Jesus, a.k.a. God, changed.
HnFLabs
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