God and Timelessness

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God and Timelessness The attributes of God have and will always be a mystery to mortal mankind. One of the most puzzling aspects of God, which has kept philosophers busy for centuries, is God’s relation to time. Traditionally philosophers like Boethius, Anselm and Aquinas have argued that God is timeless, believing that he does not exist at any point in time and that he does not experience temporal succession. In order for me to be able to make my own remarks on the subject, I will first briefly discuss timelessness in general and what it means to be timeless. How does God connect to the universe? He created the entire universe, does that include time and space as well? If God did create time and space, then God must have been somehow outside of both time and space. This has been the thought of philosophers from Augustine through Aquinas. So what exactly does it mean to be “timeless?” One could say that to be timeless is simply to be and exist beyond time. This might sound like nonsense to some, but let me further explain. Time as we know it is something we created. In 2 Peter 3:8 we read: “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.” Clearly there is a difference between what we perceive as time and what God perceives as time, if he perceives it at all. The first part of being timeless deals with existence. In order for a being, A, to be timeless, A must exist, but not in any specific temporal location or time. You could say that although A does not exist at any time, A exists in “eternity.” It is important to realize that time and eternity are different things. “Time” as most people today understand it would likely be defined as the progression of moments. This progression of moments would be similar to the motion of an object. Stuart Hackett describes time in the
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