Anyone interested in the British TV show “Dr. Who” in recent years will know that “the doctor” has practically ascended to the status of a god, as has his amazing time machine, the “TARDIS”.
Certainly he’s a modern super hero (and arguably the most interesting one), having saved the world many times from various alien threats, always against all odds and at the very last possible moment, and usually in London.
The doctor is the last of the time lords from the planet “Gallifrey”, unless, that is, the “Master”-a time lord who has vowed to do all he can to destroy the doctor and who seems to manage to avoid being dead for very long- survived his last dual with said super-hero. The doctor is able to travel back and forth in time at will in the “TARDIS” (oh Lord, please can I have one of those?)
By the way, what’s his first name? Answer: “the”.
While the doctor flits back and forth through space and time to the amazement and amusement of his admirers and fans, It irritates me to be told that the Christian God is “too small, too narrow and too boring”. As I wrote in a post called “Is God a Teapot?”:
How can a God who created the universe and everything in it, which itself “cannot contain him” be too small? How can a God who designed and made DNA, dinosaurs, deltas, dragonflies and diamonds be uninspiring? How can a God who knows all things be too narrow? How can a God who willingly died at the hands of his own creation in order to give them eternal life be too exclusive and too judgmental? How can a God who created time, space and matter be too new?
The Biblical God is the ultimate “time lord”, and the ultimate space-traveler. He was so centuries and millennia before (if I can use the words “was” and “before” in context with eternity) the first doctor, the first Star Trek Captain, and Jules Vern’s “Time Traveler”. In fact he is the time Lord, as expressed in numerous scriptures. Here are a few examples:
“…before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58 NIV);
“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8);
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5);
“…the universe was formed at God’s command” (Hebrews 11:3);
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” ( Colossians 1:17);
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8);
“I have told you everything ahead of time” (Mark 13:23);
“he is the living God, the eternal King” (Jeremiah 10:10);
“…for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done” (Isaiah 46:9-10 KJV);
“I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).
I heard a prophecy teacher saying that God has sped time up so as to get us to the Rapture quicker and get the world sorted out…
(My apologies to those few of you who may have read this before in one of my “Mind Burp” posts-I’m rather proud of it and wanted a few more people to read it)
The theory goes that the whole world is on fast-forward, that’s why it’s so hard to fit everything into a day, and why it only seems like yesterday that we were chewing on a rusk and having our diapers changed.
This idea is not Biblical and it doesn’t comply with science.
Bible characters, writing many centuries ago, observed that a life- time seems to pass in the twinkling of an eye. James said:
“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).
“Man…springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure” (Job 14:1-2).
I’m no physicist, but I do know enough to know that time is inextricably one with space and matter, and is so in every single particle in the universe. If time were “sped up”, so would be the operations of the atoms in your brain, your legs, your car, and in everything around you, so that you would not notice any difference. The calculations of Einstein, to some extent demonstrated to be valid, show that, for example, while a man travelling at half the speed of light in space would come back to earth having aged less than his contemporaries, his own experience on that space ship would not have given him any impression that time for him was going by slower than it had done on earth.
With God one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years are as one day. He is outside of time and not affected by it, so he doesn’t have to be “in a hurry” to do anything, and wouldn’t notice the difference anyway. In fact I often wonder why the Lord isn’t in more of a hurry to straighten things out (can anyone give me an “amen”?).
No, time has not been sped up, (at least I don’t believe it has). Instead, we are going crazy in this modern society which we’re all guilty of creating, trying to fit more and more into our day, and being pushed by our governments and our own proclivities to go faster all the time. The more you try to fit into your day, the quicker time will seem to go. If you were to sit quietly (without your TV-painful I know) and watch the clock for a day, you would seem to have “slowed down” considerably, and may find yourself getting rather relaxed, and perhaps even a little bored. ZZZzzz…
WHERE DOES ALL THE TIME GO ANYWAY?
While on the subject of time being short, it occurred to me, in my unscientific way, why our past seems to have gone in a flash-and I think we all have that sensation, don’t we? I’ve heard it said that even nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
Many memories are stored in our brains. However, the time over which they transpired is not. When we look at those events from our past, they are not replayed in our minds over the time it took them to occur. A memory of a day out comes into our mind like a series of photographs or short clips of an edited video or sound-track. Memories are like a deck of cards stacked together with no space between them, or like a computer program which has been compressed to save space.
If you want to sense some of the time which seems to have vanished, you perhaps need to try to replay your memories at normal speed, with every little movement, discussion, down-time, journey and rest fully played out in your mind, so that a day out ten years ago would take you a day to recall.
Alas, it’s not all there is it? Perhaps that’s a good thing, because if everything were stored there would be pain, boredom, fear and unhappiness stored there also.
The lesson for us all is that we need to make the most of every day, to live life God’s way-in love and holiness, to appreciate every blessing, and to enjoy life to the max. By doing that, we won’t have to look back with regrets, but with thankfulness, and with a joyful anticipation of the future.
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
Did you ever dream of having your very own time machine?
Having recently viewed the last few series of Dr. Who, and having generally enjoyed it rather a lot (keep it up BBC), my sons and I inevitably engaged in several discussions on what we would do with a Tardis, had we one on hand for our own personal use.
As we travel forward in time, we can all conjure up in our minds the things we would go back to fix, to avoid, to do properly, to appreciate fully, or to enjoy all over again. But perhaps in a way we do have the equivalent of a Tardis at our disposal, thanks to our Creator-it just happens to be named differently. It’s called “wisdom”; it’s called “living in the present”; it’s called “seizing the moment”; it’s called “appreciating what you have”; and it’s called “wake up and smell the bacon”
2: HOW TO LOSE, AND LOVE IT
I used to play a variant of a card game called Hearts, in which if you are dealt a terrible hand you can announce your intention to lose every “trick”. By losing every single trick, according to the rules you win the game.
Sometimes life can seem to be like that. It almost seems like having made so many mistakes it’s tempting to intentionally get everything else wrong so as not to break the pattern, and so in some strange upside-down way to ultimately “win” the game of life.
Losing, or apparently losing, is one of the many appealing aspects of the gospel of Christ, to my mind. In the eyes of the world, Jesus Christ was the ultimate “loser”. He tried hard to gain a following and “start a new religion”, but he failed to win over the respect and support of those in influential positions, and he failed to get elected, and he failed to get the “religious right” behind him, and he failed to impress the leaders, the movers and the shakers who may otherwise have given him a helping hand up the ladder of success, and he failed to get some real heavyweight talent on his team, settling instead for poor, uneducated and unsubstantial fishermen. Finally, the efforts of the man came to nothing when he was shamefully humiliated and crucified.
Ah, but that’s the view of the unbeliever: the distorted, sad, miopic and unenlightened view. The truth is that because “he humbled himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross,” what followed was not defeat but victory:
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place, and gave him a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:8-11).
It’s our association with him, and with his death and resurrection, which assures our ultimate victory too, in the grand “game” of life and eternity, in which if you lose, you win:
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it” (Luke 9:23-24).
3: TODAY’S TEN NATION CONFEDERACY, PLUS ONE…
Studiers of Bible prophecy often talk of a “ten-nation confederacy”, as represented by toes (Daniel 2) and horns (Revelation 17:12-14), which speak of nations and their leaders. Interestingly, the current NATO summit has created just such a force to deal with Islamic State. It’s being called a “core” group, and the leading leader of this coalition is, no doubt, President Obama. The possible “plus one” is Iran, one of Israel’s arch-enemies.
The 10 nations IS will be confronting are the US, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark. However, if the U.S. decides to accept Iran’s willingness to help with the Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei and his Quds force, IS will be fighting 11 nations.
No, I’m not saying that this is it-I’m sure it’s not and the time is not quite right yet. But gosh, it does get the back-chills going a little. It also demonstrates one of the central points in my recent post on the kingdom of the Beast, which was that when the time comes, the West will be working alongside at least a part of the Islamic world to subdue the rest of it, and Israel.
No doubt taxpayers’ money will be used to fund the lawsuit.
Atheists and their legal organizations, normally whining about what they see as constitutional obligations in favor of “the separation of church and state”, or waging war to stop anyone displaying a cross in a public place, or up in arms when some Christian group attempts to use government-run buildings after hours for their services, are curiously quiet…
5: UP THE DOWNS, MATE
I haven’t personally known a lot of “Downs Syndrome” people in my time-perhaps a half dozen. But without hesitation I can say that they were all beautiful people: humble, gentle, smiling and uncomplicated. And I believe firmly that when Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3) he was encompassing such people. God’s love is as near to them as to anyone.
But Mr. Richard Dawkins gave this advice to mothers having babies with Down Syndrome:
‘Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world’ (1).
What right has Dawkins to comment on what is moral or immoral? If there is no God, there is no such thing as morality, except what man devises for his own satisfaction. One man’s morality may be another man’s immorality, and who has the right to push his morality onto the rest of us-isn’t that religion? Isn’t that hypocrisy?
Evolutionism is all about death: we evolve because we suffer and die. So why not just suffer and die? The weak should die and let the strong get stronger. But this is not the way of God, it’s the way of the enemy of life and liberty-Satan himself.
6: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
If only this were a one-off, unique sort of story, we could all rest in our beds and say to ourselves, “it’s alright, Joseph Stalin has not been resurrected”:
A high-school student in Tennessee was sent to the principal’s office because she said “God bless you” to another student who sneezed (2)