Re: [asa] Event or process

From: Christine Smith <>
Date: Tue May 08 2007 - 23:09:32 EDT

Yes Merv, you're right--when stating that it's not a
"boom", I was speaking in rather anthropogenic terms.
From God's perspective, it could very well be a "boom"
(or 6 days). I liked very much C. S. Lewis's metaphor
for how a timeless God perceives a universe of time,
as though He were an author writing a book, who could
pick it up from anywhere at any time.

I won't go too far down this "what is time" road
though, because I am not a pure physicist by any means

--- Merv <> wrote:

> Christine Smith wrote:
> > Why the long process then? Why not an instant
> "boom"
> > and here we are? As the study Bible at my church
> posed
> > the question in Genesis Chapter 1--why, if God
> could
> > have created the universe in an instant, did He
> choose
> > to create it even in 6 days (process)? Being a
> > geologist (and again, my prism metaphor being a
> lot
> > like a mineral structure), I liken the process to
> that
> > of metamorphism. God uses the laws of nature and
> the
> > constraints/challenges of evolution (a.k.a. high
> heat
> > and pressure), to form the truly precious gems of
> His
> > creation--his souled creatures for whom He cares
> and
> > loves.
> By what absolute standard do we conclude that it
> wasn't (isn't) a
> "boom"? Augustine started a great line of thought
> that your study Bible
> follows. But it goes both ways. I've started
> thinking of this as
> another of our clinging egocentricisms that we
> haven't yet deposed. We
> know that space doesn't have some sort of absolute
> "center" (let alone
> that we aren't it) and we now have no trouble
> standing on Galileo's
> shoulders and thinking of all motion and position in
> relative terms
> only. But we still tolerate a tyranny of one tiny
> region on the
> logarithmic scale. We invent useful units (meters,
> kilograms,
> seconds...) and size them to appropriate magnitudes
> such that they are
> useful on scales of what we see as "ordinary" --
> where we think all the
> interesting action is, naturally. But if I were
> beam of light newly
> emitted from primordial earth, the entire thing
> would (from that
> perspective) erupt and dissipate in an instant (all
> those untold
> billions of years we have so much trouble imagining
> -- gone... done...
> geological deep history in a "blip") -- since time
> stops at the speed
> of light and the traveled dimension collapses, I
> would cross the flat
> universe in an instant, though it is billions of
> years to us. If I'm a
> bit shaky while trying to clamber up to a perch on
> Einstein's shoulders
> here, I trust others will correct me. Even so,
> imagine a timeless God's
> perspective! Our exponential (logarithmic) scale
> of perception may
> turn out to be just as relative and without
> conceptual "center" as our
> linear space is. That should help us put six days
> in perspective.
> To the stone mountain, or the star, we would be even
> less than the
> buzzing insect that flares and is gone in an
> "instant". To the buzzing
> insects, we ourselves could easily seem the
> unmoving, "permanent"
> mountains of eternal longevity. What are we, God,
> that you are mindful
> of us? Perhaps the answer can be -- we are specks
> of dust, and the
> apple of God's eye at the same time.
> Thanks for sharing your thoughts. As you can see,
> the danger in doing
> so is that someone else can pick up on just one
> thing you said and
> prattle on at length about it. :->
> --Merv

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