God's Time

by Nigel Daring

Primitive man's time comports with God's time. God operates by events He creates and regulates. A day in Genesis does not equate to our idea of day. We systemize a concept of time that accounts for nature while divorcing itself from it. Our day then would base itself on cycles of darkness and light, yet it becomes a cyclical abstraction of regular intervals in itself. The rhythms of nature promote its existence, but it exists devoid of its inspiration. In enslaving ourselves to an artificial notion of time, we recognize and accept its absolutism and stoicism rather than acknowledge its fabrication in its remove from the actuality of nature — its inhumanity shows in its inability to attune itself to human needs; instead it forces human existence to its cold regularity.

The length of light and night varies, but not our concept of time and duty. Time in our reckoning becomes divorced from nature as we are separated from nature. Indeed its conceptualization was meant to establish this distance in our efforts to establish a world. The artificial construct into which we have been socialized has dictated our reality to such an extent that we've come to understand it as absolute rather than a thing of our imagination. We interpret Genesis through our fabricated sense of time. When God declares a day, we immediately associate it with our familiar definition, which is really unfamiliar to nature and existence. God's day, properly examined in context of Genesis and all creation, actually depends on the events. They demarcate time.

God's Time by Nigel Daring

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