Re: God and time

George Murphy (
Thu, 20 Nov 1997 20:56:34 -0500

Clarke wrote:

> I would like to suggest a more theological approach to both the God and time discussion. I suggest the solution to these problems is to
be found in the natu
> Perhaps I had better introduce myself first. I am an Australian, I have degrees in science both geology and zoology
(genetics), education and theology
> The traditional Christian view expressed in the creed, “I believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and
of all things visible
> If God created “all things visible and invisible” then He designed and created not only matter-energy but also time and space
together with all the pro
> If one considers the size and age of the universe it is obvious that a creator limited by either time or space could not be in
control of it. In consi
> We should have no physical picture of God the Father. As Moses reminded the Hebrews: “ And Jehovah spake unto you out of the
midst of the fire: ye he
> Our minds find it difficult to relate to a God “without parts. ” but, “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we
beheld his glory, glory as
> Our God contracted to a span,
> Incomprehensibly made man.
> >From the other side of the earth I submit these ideas for your consideration,

It's always good to hear from Australia - I spent 2 good years
at U. of W.A.
I think you're on the right track here: The Incarnation indeed
means that God becomes a participant in space-time in creation "from
the inside" & that we can "picture God". I would add a Lutheran note
though: The Incarnation doesn't mean that the Word is absent from any
of creation, but that the humanity of Christ shares in the divine
George Murphy

George L. Murphy