“NOW” removes so-called Biblical Contradictions

Time…What is time? Thoreau says that “time” is the stream in which he goes fishing. Less colorful and more boring than Thoreau’s definition, we think of time as one minute, or one day, a day of 24 hours, a year of 365 days, 60 seconds in one minute, a lunch break is one hour, and a coffee break is ten minutes. But what is time? It has to be something, because we measure it, right? We debate questions like: Has time always been there, unchanging? Is there a beginning to time? Will time ever end? Does time move at different rates? What if “a day” wasn’t always 24 hours? Some calendars measure a year differently, so how do we know what a year is? The understanding of the concepts of time and what time is and how it appears to you are important issues for you to consider. These questions are not just for the philosopher or scientist, but for every person, young and old. In this article, we will explore a reality known as “time”. It has serious implications for us as we search for meaning in life and a better understanding of God and our relationship with God.

We can trace the beginning of time back to the Big Bang. As we try to understand the Big Bang, we see that everything physical, natural laws, everything we touch and see and breathe had its beginning at the Big Bang. Time, as a dimension is no different. All laws of physics, chemistry and the other sciences have two distinct worlds. One we know something about after the Big Bang, and one we know nothing about before the Big Bang.

Time was created as a dimensional gift to us at the Big Bang. So, if the “dimension” we call time was nonexistent as we know it before the Big Bang, then what was there? “Now” was there. A word we use all the time, yet few understand its true meaning. “Now” is that point that is neither past nor future. It is a point that does exist in a multidimensional Universe; but a point whereby you can infinitely subtract any piece of time from, no matter how small the unit of measure. I guess you could say “now” does not exist in time.

Understanding this concept of time and the nature of the “Now” is critical to understanding many of the so-called contradictions found in the Bible. Let’s look at one such set of verse. At the crucifixion, Jesus is talking to one of the criminals hanging on an adjacent cross, Luke 23:43 in the NIV reads “I promise that today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Compare that to Luke 24:7 in the NIV where we read, “The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail Him to a cross. But three days later He will rise to life.” Three days later? What’s the deal? Is Jesus in Paradise the same day He died or was it three days later? This is a big deal for some; let’s look at the important “Apostle’s Creed”. The Old Roman version (circa 200AD) stated in the fifth section, “The third day He rose again from the dead”; a newer Roman version (circa 700AD), the same version I recited in the Episcopal Church, adopted by Catholics and others, states: He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead.” Now, how can this be? How can Jesus be in Paradise the same day He died on the cross for our sins, and suffer separation from the Father, taking our sins on Him, making them His own and paying the price for three days? Some believe there was a separation of body and spirit, and the spirit went to Paradise, to “Abraham’s Bosom”. But that doesn’t explain the physical bodily resurrection of Christ 3 days later. It doesn’t explain Thomas touching His wounds, Jesus eating fish on the beach, or the discussion on the road to Emmaus. One group is likely to say, we believe this way; and another group is just as likely to say, we believe this other way. Soon the two groups could soon be at odds with one another, arguments instill, feelings are hurt, and Satan smiles at yet another Christian conflict and a win for his evil side. With your new understanding of time and that “Now” doesn’t exist in our linear time experience, Jesus is both in Paradise the day He died, plus He experienced the pain and separation from the Father, paying the price for our sins, and physically resurrected from the dead three days later…all at the same time, all at the same moment.

In the “now”, with no movement in time, the beginning and the end are the same moment. Strange I know, but that is why I’m trying to expand on this time issue. This is the nature of dimensions of reality that we cannot understand because of our limitations; faith is indeed required. The non-believer uses the so-called Biblical contradictions as their proof that Christianity is a false religion; how sad and limited in their understanding they are. But look at this way: If we Christians, confessing our faith and belief in Christ Jesus, can relax a little knowing that we are limited in our ability to understand dimensions beyond three. If we can accept that the many seemingly contradictory verses are all indeed correct at the same time. We would then be much more loving toward each other. Isn’t that what Jesus asked us to do?

[For more discussion on Time, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

Don’t Use Calvin to Separate Christians

It seems that I have been encountering a number of places that are using John Calvin’s ideas of predestination to divide Christians into “Calvinists” and Non-Calvinists”. Any division of Christians on the basis of the human understandings of predestination or election is of the devil in my opinion. I will explain such a direct response shortly.

While it is true that some of us believe in predestination and some of us don’t, I will show you that both groups are right and there is no need for division at all. Divisions of Christians on any basis only dilutes the forces for Jesus and His commission for us to spread the Good News of the Gospel to all peoples. When Christians fight and divide, only Satan wins.

It is true that John Calvin believed that God’s sovereign will held all things together. Calvin, along with Luther and the other reformers, held tight to Biblical roots. They wanted to get the Church back on track to Biblical basics. John Calvin believed in one God, one people of God, one gospel of grace, and one story the Bible, the Logos. All Christians should be on board at this point. Now, the age-old argument sticks up its ugly head…were we predestined, elected to be in God’s House before time began or not? Before I give you the answer, let me ask one question. If everything is set ahead of time…who is in and who is out…then why did Jesus tell us to go out into the world and spread the Good News of the Messiah, our Lord and Savior?

“Time” is a dimension created for our earthly use. God exists where there is no time…everything is “now”. If everything is “now”, then there is no passage of time, and the beginning and the end are the same moment. That means that God can experience time as you do; as the song goes: “He walks with me and He talks with me, and tells me I am His own.” And as with Adam walking in the Garden together; but the Bible also tells us that we were known by God before the foundation of the world. God knows what we are going to do before we do it, because to God there is no movement of time. But wait, we are not God’s puppets controlled by heavenly strings; God’s love brings with it the risk of freedom to chose which way we will go, toward God or away. There is more on this subject of “time” in the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God“, but for this blog, I’m keeping my comments short. The point is that the argument of whether or not there is predestination or election should be reduced to the category of a “non-issue” for both are right based on the “time” perspective.

Friends, there is no real understanding of this; we have no frame of reference on what an existence without “time” would be like. This requires an open mind and faith. Besides, we don’t have to understand it anyway. Jesus said we should come “as these little children”. Not childish, but open, trusting, and believing as a child. One thing for sure, we should not be dividing our brothers and sisters in Christ into groups of separation over such concepts as these that we have no way of comprehending…until we come into His Kingdom. Amen.

Don't Use Calvin to Separate Christians

It seems that I have been encountering a number of places that are using John Calvin’s ideas of predestination to divide Christians into “Calvinists” and Non-Calvinists”. Any division of Christians on the basis of the human understandings of predestination or election is of the devil in my opinion. I will explain such a direct response shortly.

While it is true that some of us believe in predestination and some of us don’t, I will show you that both groups are right and there is no need for division at all. Divisions of Christians on any basis only dilutes the forces for Jesus and His commission for us to spread the Good News of the Gospel to all peoples. When Christians fight and divide, only Satan wins.

It is true that John Calvin believed that God’s sovereign will held all things together. Calvin, along with Luther and the other reformers, held tight to Biblical roots. They wanted to get the Church back on track to Biblical basics. John Calvin believed in one God, one people of God, one gospel of grace, and one story the Bible, the Logos. All Christians should be on board at this point. Now, the age-old argument sticks up its ugly head…were we predestined, elected to be in God’s House before time began or not? Before I give you the answer, let me ask one question. If everything is set ahead of time…who is in and who is out…then why did Jesus tell us to go out into the world and spread the Good News of the Messiah, our Lord and Savior?

“Time” is a dimension created for our earthly use. God exists where there is no time…everything is “now”. If everything is “now”, then there is no passage of time, and the beginning and the end are the same moment. That means that God can experience time as you do; as the song goes: “He walks with me and He talks with me, and tells me I am His own.” And as with Adam walking in the Garden together; but the Bible also tells us that we were known by God before the foundation of the world. God knows what we are going to do before we do it, because to God there is no movement of time. But wait, we are not God’s puppets controlled by heavenly strings; God’s love brings with it the risk of freedom to chose which way we will go, toward God or away. There is more on this subject of “time” in the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God“, but for this blog, I’m keeping my comments short. The point is that the argument of whether or not there is predestination or election should be reduced to the category of a “non-issue” for both are right based on the “time” perspective.

Friends, there is no real understanding of this; we have no frame of reference on what an existence without “time” would be like. This requires an open mind and faith. Besides, we don’t have to understand it anyway. Jesus said we should come “as these little children”. Not childish, but open, trusting, and believing as a child. One thing for sure, we should not be dividing our brothers and sisters in Christ into groups of separation over such concepts as these that we have no way of comprehending…until we come into His Kingdom. Amen.

New Book on the Scene

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