Foundation 2: God Outside of Time

Imagine for a moment that God existed outside of space-time. What would that mean for how he interacts with the world? With humanity? What does that mean for heaven and those in his presence?

I believe this is true primarily because it is the most reasonable explanation for a few of God’s known traits, particularly that of being eternal and omnipresent.

If one imagines God outside of time, then an instant in God’s time is the entirety of our universe’s billions of years, precisely what scripture tells us:

2 Peter 3:8 “A single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day.” – NET Bible

This of course understanding that for the people of the time, one thousand years was the equivalent of the hyperbolic “forever” of modern times. In either case, God being outside of time would account for such a perception.

As for omnipresence, if God is outside of our time, and also the creator of our universe and thus able to enter it at any time or place he wishes, then he could literally spend the entirety of each and every one of our lives with us, simultaneously to our perception. In this way, God remains a single entity and yet is able to be in all places at all times, because he is able to leave and enter our time-space at will.

Another interesting side effect of this foundation is that it places heaven outside of our time-space as well. Which means that when we die and go to be with God in heaven, everyone that we have known or will have known is already there. All of the human time you once knew is already over, and yet hasn’t even begun.

I find this to be a comfort when thinking of the death of children, because this theory would mean that when children die, they awaken in the presence of their heavenly father, but also in the presence of their parents as well, already there, because the parent’s lives had already been lived. You are there with your child, to love them after their death, help to raise and guide them, they have never been without you and have no need to wait for you. Even though to your earthly perception you are still here with many years to go until that might occur.

This is the wonder of the time-space continuum and the beauty of placing God outside of it. There is, of course, no solid proof that God exists outside of time. In fact, there is an entire study of theology devoted to the idea that God exists inside of time. See Process Theology.

Thus, just as if you do not believe God exists, if you do not believe that God exists outside of time, you will likely find any of the following theories and understandings of God to be rather difficult to agree with.

What do you think world? Doesn’t it just make sense that God exist outside of time?

Tune in next time for my final foundation: God is unconditional love.

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  1. Completely mind blowing and simultaneously “of course that’s how it is!” I sometimes think this about prayer too. We can pray for someone or something even after the fact, and still have it “count”. This is sort of how it might work with people who pray for those who have already passed, or those who pray to saint’s or even the Virgin Mary. Anyway, thanks for sharing this and putting it so clearly! As I have told you earlier, I am looking forward to seeing your thoughts on these subjects unfold over “time!” Now going to back up and see Foundation 1!

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  2. I have come to feel that there are two levels of prayer. One is for the person praying, whereby they feel connected and satisfied that they have participated in the wide spiritual universe. This is often accompanied by a feeling of relief or accomplishment. This is the type of prayer I would say is talking to God.

    The second is the actual spiritual and authoritative influence of a given prayer, assuming it is intended to bear weight and practical action. These prayers are the healing prayers, sending strength, declaring safe journey. They are practical prayers using spiritual authority and often only involve God as a source of confidence and strength.

    The kind you mentioned, after the fact, that type of prayer is for you. You want to feel connected to the person your praying for. This is it’s strength. All prayers count in that they produce an effect. I would simply argue that in most cases that effect is internal, not external. We most often pray to change ourselves, whether to bring ourselves in line with God or to quell our fears. This is not wrong, but I feel he sooner we acknowledge prayer is more about us than God, the easier it will be to see God in spite of ourselves.

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