Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
Imagine you are watching a movie with a car chase scene. The driver of one car rolls out just before his automobile plunges headlong over a cliff, and the car smashes against rocks as it tumbles down, breaking into pieces and finally exploding.
Now, if you run the film backwards, you will see an explosion producing a dented automobile with broken pieces jumping back into place. Then the dents become smooth as the car backs its way up the cliff. As we celebrate the passage of time with God’s gift of a brand new year, let us stop to consider what time really is. And let us praise God once again that the Bible is amazingly true and accurate!
From my description above, you can know the film is now being run backwards because such behavior is never observed in real life. We do not see an explosion produce a car, and we never see a shattered car flying up the face of a cliff. Yet, this is what evolutionists say happened somehow – explosions and time somehow made things much more complicated than a car!
Indeed, as physicists point out, “time” is actually defined as the “direction” in which entropy or disorder/decay increases. Modern scientists observe this law of incessant decay as the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, and it proves itself over and over as thoroughly as the law of gravity. And all by itself, this law sends evolution over the cliff.
This truth is also in the Bible. When Adam rebelled against his Creator by eating the forbidden fruit, God told Adam he would decay. “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19b). It was part of the curse on creation because of sin. The Bible restates this principle of the creation’s decay with time in many texts of scripture. For example, Romans 8:21 says that the present creation is in “bondage of corruption (decay to a disordered state)”. Time is heavily correlated to the creation itself – to the laws that govern matter.
The Bible also describes God as Creator of time itself, along with matter and space. This is inherent in the language of the Bible’s first verse: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” And Hebrews 1:2 says the following: “(God) hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made [the ages].” The Greek word “aionas” is translated either “worlds” or “ages”; yet, it is the word from which we get our English word “eons”. It means a period of time.
So the Bible lumps the creation together with time in prophetic foreknowledge of what only came to be understood by scientific men in the 20th century as the space-time continuum – or more completely, the space-matter-time continuum. Consider Psalm 90:2, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” As theologians would say, our Creator exists in “the eternal now”. Though He transcends time, He can participate in it. This is why the Bible says “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years” and can talk in terms of “the fullness of time” in relation to the fulfillment of prophecy.
So science once again can be said to be catching up with what was already in the Bible. Scientists came to realize that time cannot be separated from the three dimensions of space. Space-time is a mathematical model that joins space and time into a single idea, calling it a continuum – in four dimensions (the three dimensions of space plus the one dimension of time). In the time-space continuum, as we move through space, time is “dilated” like the pupil of your eye (time-dilation). The faster we travel through space, the slower we travel through time (i.e., the more time slows down). This is referred to as time-warping.
Difficult as this is to grasp, it has been shown to be true through experiment. For example, in 1971, four incredibly accurate cesium atomic clocks (which measure the vibrational frequency of the oscillating atoms of the element cesium) were synchronized and flown on commercial planes that circled the earth twice. Then the clocks were compared to the reference clock at the U.S. naval observatory. Sure enough, the moving clocks differed from the reference clock by exactly the amount predicted mathematically for the time-space continuum principle.
Extending the mathematics, if we traveled at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second), time would stand still. Furthermore, according to the principle, if we were able to travel faster than the speed of light, we could actually go backwards in time! This is the basis for science fiction stories, even though the speed presently of manned spacecraft is only 6.9 miles per second. But can you imagine in our glorified bodies being able to travel about and arrive at far flung places instantly if we wanted to?!
Amazingly, at the end of the Bible in John’s visions, these truths are made clear:
- The first heaven and earth will have passed away.
- There would be a new heaven and a new earth.
- There would no longer be any death.
- There would no longer be any curse.
This outcome must be the case if we are to have eternal life. In eternity, we shall be immortal, which means death and its process are removed. And our experience of time with its current constrictions will, therefore, change. In fact, in Revelation 10:6b, the Greek word chronos (chronological time) is said to disappear: “…there should be time no longer.” This may very well be more than just an end to the delay of history, delay of the present created age (aion), because it is an end of the present created age as we know it!
The so-called “end of time” is coming one day, dear Christian. All the more reason that we should pray, and work for, and give to causes which bring the truth that sets people free from sin and free for eternity! And on that note, I want to say a sincere thank you for supporting Creation Moments with your thoughts, your prayers and your financial support. May God bless you and your loved ones throughout this new year!
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