Isn’t it amazing how much faster time moves when you have responsibility? I remember as a kid, thinking that Christmas would never come. Time moved at the pace of thick maple syrup in my world when I was 10 years old. The Sears Christmas catalog would arrive in early October, and I felt like December 25 would NEVER get there. At times, I simply could not wait for Christmas day to come, so I would take matters into my own hands and secretly open a present while my mom was in the other room, just to see what was behind that paper and bow. After seeing what it was, I would try to wrap it back up in its original packaging and pretend to act surprised on the big day. Time simply moved too slow for me at that time. As a kid, I had no responsibility, just hope and desire . . . this caused time to move slow from my perspective.
Contrast that with my experience as an adult. As an adult, time seems to move at breakneck pace. From the time that the first Santa shows up in the holiday aisle at Wal Mart, I feel like I blink and it is January 15. Unlike my experience as a child, as an adult, the holiday season is filled with many projects to complete: cards to write, presents to buy, services to plan for, rooms to decorate, parties to attend, etc. This flury of activity causes time to move by so quickly from my perspective. Instead of just looking at the clock, I am working through many preparations for the big day.
Last night, we were having a family advent devotional and talking about how God had been planning for Jesus arrival for thousands of years before His birth. The first prophecy of Jesus’ coming was all the way back at the beginning of the book of Genesis, and God’s rescue plan for humanity was aiming at Christ throughout the Old Testament. As we were talking about this truth as a family, I thought about my experience of waiting for Christmas growing up. As a person with no responsibility, I thought time went slowly. When we think about Jesus’ first advent, we might think that God was slow about delivering on His promised Messiah, however when we think that way, we are thinking as someone who had no responsibility in the birth of Jesus. With child-like minds, humanity simply wanted their Messiah NOW. However, God, who took on the responsibility of sending His Son, was working throughout the Old Testament time to prepare humanity for the coming of Jesus. Time did not move slow to our Heavenly Father because He was working hard to make preparations for the big day.
God selected His people and gave them a moral code to teach them that He was holy. God created a sacrificial system to educate His people that the wages of sin was death. God gave His people a land to call their own as the first fruits of an inheritance that would transcend geo-political boundaries. God appointed King David on the throne of Israel to foreshadow Christ’s future rule on the earth. God preserved His people amidst great opposition on multiple occasions to show them that He would never leave them or forsake them. God spoke to prophets for centuries promising the coming of the Messiah, to encourage His people to take Him at His Word. In the thousands of years from Eden to Bethlehem, I believe time flew for our Heavenly Father . . . He was setting things right for the arrival of His Son.
Remember that as you encourage your kids to wait for Christmas this year (and as you see the days fly by between now and then). Your responsibility in preparing for the big day greatly impacts how you view time. As you work hard to get all the details done this season, may you remember all God has done to bring the Messiah to you.
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IF GOD CREATED THE UNIVERSE, THEN WHO CREATED GOD? Earlier it was impossible for us to give any saattfsciory answer to this question. But modern science, rather we should say that Einstein, has made it an easy task for us. And Stephen Hawking has provided us with the clue necessary for solving this riddle. Actually scientists in their infinite wisdom have already kept the ground well-prepared for us believers so that one day we can give a most plausible and logically consistent answer to this age-old question. Let me first quote from the book “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking: “The idea of inflation could also explain why there is so much matter in the universe. There is something like ten million million million million million million million million million million million million million million (1 with eighty zeroes after it) particles in the region of the universe that we can observe. Where did they all come from? The answer is that, in quantum theory, particles can be created out of energy in the form of particle/antiparticle pairs. But that just raises the question of where the energy came from. The answer is that the total energy of the universe is exactly zero.” Here the question stops. So the clue is this: if we can ultimately arrive at zero, then no further question will be raised, and there will be no infinite regression. What I intend to do here is something similar to that. I want to show that our God is a bunch of several zeroes, and that therefore no further question need be raised about His origin. And here comes Einstein with his special theory of relativity for giving us the necessary empirical support for our project. God is a Being. Therefore God will have existence as well as essence. So I will have to show that both from the point of view of existence as well as from the point of view of essence God is zero. It is almost a common parlance that God is spaceless, timeless, changeless, immortal, and all-pervading. Here we are getting three zeroes; space is zero, time is zero, change is zero. But how to prove that if there is a God, then that God will be spaceless, timeless, and changeless? From special theory of relativity we come to know that for light both distance and time become unreal. For light even an infinite distance is infinitely contracted to zero. The volume of an infinite universe full of light only will be simply zero due to this property of light. A universe with zero volume is a spaceless universe. Again at the speed of light time totally stops. So a universe full of light only is a spaceless, timeless universe. But these are the properties of light only! How do we come to know that God is also having the same properties of light so that God can also be spaceless, timeless? Scientists have shown that if there is a God, then that God can only be light, and nothing else, and that therefore He will have all the properties of light. Here is the proof. Scientists have shown that total energy of the universe is always zero. If total energy is zero, then total mass will also be zero due to energy-mass equivalence. Now if there is a God, then scientists have calculated the total energy and mass of the universe by taking into consideration that there is also a God. In other words, if God is there, then this total energy-mass calculation by the scientists is God-inclusive, not God-exclusive. This is due to two reasons. First of all, even if there is a God, they do not know that there is a God. Secondly, they do not admit that there is a God. So, if there is a God, then they have not been able to keep that God aside before making the calculation, because they do not know that there is a God. They cannot say that they have kept Him aside and then made the calculation, because by saying that they will admit that there is a God. At most they can say that there is no God. But we are not going to accept that statement as the final verdict on God-issue, because we are disputing that statement. So the matter of the fact is this: if God is really there, then scientists have shown that both the total mass and energy of the universe including God are zero. Therefore mass and energy of God will also be zero. God is without any mass, without any energy. And Einstein has already shown that anything having zero rest-mass will have the speed of light. In other words, it will be light. So, if God is there, then God is also light, and therefore He is spaceless, timeless. So from the point of view of existence God is zero, because he is spaceless, timeless, without any mass, without any energy. Now we will have to show that from the point of view of essence also God is zero. If there is only one being in the universe, and if there is no second being other than that being, then that being cannot have any such property as love, hate, cruelty, compassion, benevolence, etc. Let us say that God is cruel. Now to whom can He be cruel if there is no other being other than God Himself? So, if God is cruel, then is He cruel to Himself? Therefore if we say that God is all-loving, merciful, benevolent, etc., then we are also admitting that God is not alone, that there is another being co-eternal with God to whom He can show His love, benevolence, goodness, mercy, compassion, etc. If we say that God is all-loving, then we are also saying that this “all” is co-eternal with God. Thus we are admitting that God has not created the universe at all, and that therefore we need not have to revere Him, for the simple reason that He is not our creator! It is usually said that God is good. But Bertrand Russell has shown that God cannot be good for the simple reason that if God is good, then there is a standard of goodness which is independent of God’s will. Therefore, if God is the ultimate Being, then that God cannot be good. But neither can He be evil. God is beyond good and evil. Like Hindu’s Brahma, a real God can only be nirguna, nirupadhik; without any name, without any quality. From the point of view of essence also, a real God is a zero. So, why should there be any need for creation here, if God is existentially, as well as essentially, zero? But if there is someone who is intelligent and clever enough, then he will not stop arguing here. He will point out to another infinite regression. If God is light, then He will no doubt be spaceless, timeless, etc. Therefore one infinite regression is thus arrested. But what about the second regression? How, and from whom, does light get its own peculiar properties by means of which we have successfully arrested the first regression? So, here is another infinite regression. But we need not have to worry much about this regression, because this problem has already been solved. A whole thing, by virtue of its being the whole thing, will have all the properties of spacelessness, timelessness, changelessness, deathlessness. It need not have to depend on any other external source for getting these properties. Thus no further infinite regression will be there. H. S. Pal