We probably don’t think about it too much, but there is such a thing as an unbiblical and unchristian view of time and history. False religions often have erroneous views. For example, Mormonism teaches that matter is eternal. Many Eastern religions teach reincarnation. And so forth. However, Scripture teaches that God,who is not bound by time, created all things out of nothing. Time has a beginning. History has meaning and is moving forward. God is in total control of it all. He has a purpose and a goal for this world. And so on.
Speaking of time, Os Guinness’ 2019 publication Carpe Diem Redeemed is a great discussion of time and history from a solidly Christian perspective. Here are two paragraphs I marked up – they’re good ones to encourage you to get and read this book!
We are simply not at the center of existence. We will not always be here, and the universe will go on without us as if we had never been here. Most people never hear of us even while we are hear, and all too soon it will be as if we had never been here at all. For almost all but the tiniest handful of us, the day will come when there is no trace uof us in the living memory of the earth. Thus for all our sense of significance, whether modest or inflated, we are all, as the Greeks said, ‘mortals.’ In the words of a Roman epitaph, ‘As I, so you, so everyone.’ Or as the Bible states simply, ‘You are dust, and to dust you will return.’
…Our human challenge is to make the most of our time on earth and to know how to do it.
…Seizing the day, making the most of life, and understanding the meaning of life are inseparable. All three require that if we are to master time, we must come to know the author of time, the meaning of time, and come to know the part he calls us to play in his grand story, which makes the deepest overall sense of time and history. Even more, wonder of wonders, we are then invited to live lives that align our individual hopes and destinies with the very purpose and destiny of the universe itself.
Os Guinness, Carpe Diem Redeemed, from the introduction.
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