“There is another pretty dramatic wrinkle in the neat line between past and present, too: Sometimes, the present can influence the past.”
What to Consider
- What are your views on creation and the age of the universe? How does this affect your theology? How does this impact the living out of your faith?
- How do you understand God’s relationship to time?
- How does the doctrine of the Incarnation change how we understand the way God acts within time?
How to Go Deeper
- Discuss the differences between God’s timing and human timing. Consider stories such as Abraham and Sarah with Isaac, Israel’s time in exile, or the crowd’s desire to make Jesus king after he fed five thousand people. Bring in different theories on the nature of time and share how, even though we don’t understand time, God still acts within history.
- Read Genesis 1:1-2:4 and discuss how God was around before the heavens and the earth were created. Use these different understandings of time to consider the different ways we can understand God’s relationship inside or outside of time. This video from the Center for Christian Thought might help.
- The bible is bookended by Genesis 1 (creation) and Revelation 22 (new creation). Contemplate ways we might understand time before the creation of the universe and after the new creation talked about in Revelation 21-22. Consider what the future might hold for the physical world, including our bodies, if time no longer results in death and decay.