A Time Travel Lesson

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”Psalm 139:15-16

These verses are often used as a testament to the fact that life is present from the moment of conception. But I noted how the last line helps support yesterday's blog entry – about how God is not bounded by time.

To say that all of my days were already documented and written down in God's book before I had even lived them makes me feel as if I have no choice in the matter. It sounds like God has predetermined who will live eternally with Him and who will not, and that I really am not contributing to that decision independently. That would have to be true if God (and His book) were bounded by time as we are. It would simply not be possible for us to deviate from God's book, if He had written it down in advance like a script for us to follow.

But it is those words “in advance” that are the problematic ones. If we remove God from the boundaries of time, then He is able to travel freely into the past and into the future, or to exist in them all at the same time (which is hard for us to grasp). And if He can live in the future, he can go to the moment of our death and know our deeds and actions, while simultaneously writing them down in His book in the past, before we were born! Thus, His book is not a script, but a history of our lives – observed in the future, but written down in the past! Wow.


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