In time (or in eternity?)

Posted: October 27, 2011 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Action, Sci-Fi
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“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.” God, speaking to Job, chapter 38:4.

Another cool sci-fi idea. Another cool actor, cool visual effects and so on. Does this movie, however, also follow suit in providing solid ground for discussion as many other sci-fi classics do? Minority Report, Inception, Blade Runner, Source Code, Adjustment Bureau: all of them use cool sci-fi plot devices to discuss deep things. Check the trailer and we will talk more. It is ok if you simply want to continue reading. We have time either way.

Here is the skinny: In the future you only age until you are 25. Then you receive a number of time credits, which you use according to your discretion. You can spend a lot of time/money on a gourmet meal or go for the dollar (half-minute) menu. You work, you make money (time), which you can use to keep on living or to buy stuff. You can, in theory, live as long as you have time (money). And you do not age. Pretty cool idea huh? Of course, Timberlake clearly will stumble upon a wealth of time that is not his and things will quickly get out of control.

The cast is pretty interesting with Cillian Murphy (Inception, Batman Begins, Sunshine) Olivia Wilde and Justin Timberlake (oh so cute).

Tomorrow we will talk a little about how to use time, but today, let’s consider time itself.

What in the world is time? Augustine, way wiser than this blogger, said: “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” Nice huh? I agree. We are limited by time and space, and while we can grasp space, time is one of those things that gets stranger the more you think about it.

Time is one of our biggest constraints, it stops us from learning more, from resting more, from having more fun and from living enough to experience more World Cups Planet Earth loves it (look it up). But have you thought about the fact that time is a created thing? Yes, I mean to say that there was a time in which there was no time. Even better, the eternal God, is not restrained by boundaries of time like we are, but as the omnipresent and eternal he is not limited by time. He is the creator of time and sees all things simultaneously. Wrap your mind around that. Come on, try. You can’t. That is one of the reasons we worship the eternal God. He is the greatest, God is the eternal, uncreated being. It comes to a point in which we need to simply fall to our knees and worship. Where were we when God began time? Only the triune God witnessed this.

Let me finish with Augustine again: “Your today yields not to tomorrow and does not follow yesterday. Your ‘today’ is eternity. Therefore you generated the coeternal, to whom you said ‘today I have begotten you.’ You have made all time and before all times you are….” Put that in your theological pipe and smoke it!

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