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Eternity Is Today



Man's faith journey through life as experienced by One Of Us.



Updated: 2014-10-04T22:33:43.032-04:00

 



Is The Judgment Really Our Own?

2006-02-14T17:55:28.160-05:00

You're probably familiar with the old phrase "Getting caught with your hands in the cookie jar". We've all had those moments where we're caught "red-handed". There's no way we could get out of it...the more we try to deny it the deeper we get. It dawned on me recently that maybe what we call our "judgment day" is something that we do to ourselves in the presence of God. I've personally always had a hard time reconciling the "wrath" of God with God's "mercy". I wonder now whether it is not instead a wrath we call upon ourselves...a hardening of the heart that we suffer by refusing to look God in the "face" and admit that we are caught red-handed...in effect to accept God's mercy. After all, an attribute given to God is Truth. If we look at the actions of our lives as they really are, in truth or impartially, I'm sure we would judge them differently. I always tell people there are three sides to every story; yours, mine, and the truth. This is because we can't help but see things from our own perspective, from our own prejudices (pre-judgments is what the word means). When we face God we can't help but be facing the Truth. And then it may be there that we are called upon to look at ourselves as He sees us...to look at our actions as He saw them...without prejudice, but in truth. And then there we have a judgment call to make..to either bow down in the face of the truth and admit our faults to thereby be cleansed of them, or to deny them...in effect to deny God. After all, Jesus said in Matthew 12:32 "And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come." Could this be what he meant? And if we accept our faults and accept forgiveness then we purify ourselves such that we can live eternally in the presence of God.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Matthew 5:8



Being Eternally Aware

2006-02-05T13:18:41.803-05:00

For me being eternally aware means trying to not only live "in the eternal moment" but also to live "conscious" of this eternal moment. And what is meant by the "eternal moment"? Let me see if I can make sense of this by way of example. Each of us has memories that we hold dear to our hearts. It may have been the moment that our child was born, the moment when we said "I do" to the one we love, or any other significant event where we look back now and fondly recall it. Think back to how you felt "at that moment". We all have said to ourselves that if we can only go back and capture that feeling, that moment in time, and hold on to it forever that somehow life would be happier and more fulfilling. These are examples of eternal moments, moments where time seemed to have stood still for a while as we took in the significance of what was happening and let it penetrate our souls. However we start to lose that feeling shortly thereafter as we become suddenly aware again of life going on around us. And then like that it is gone, continuing to live as a fading memory of a moment gone by.

To be eternally aware then is to bring forth to our present, since the present is all we have, that eternity that we have been invited to by our Lord. This is the eternity to which we were baptized in, the eternity which Jesus calls us to when he says in Mark 1:15 "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." Jesus calls us into the Father's eternal kingdom now. He is not asking to us to wait for the future. As I've been saying there really is no such thing as the future...there is only the present. This is where we live and breath and have our being. The time of fufillment is now. Let us grab hold of eternity now, and let us keep it ever present by not waiting for eternity as if it is a prize to be won at the end of the road, but rather as what it means to have the kingdom of God at hand, this being the time of fufillment, the precious present.



The Infinite Within

2006-02-01T22:29:10.776-05:00

I have a mathematical background and I recall one day in high school having "The Dichotomy Paradox" by Zeno (an ancient Greek philosopher) presented to us. In summary it basically says that if you take an infinite number line then any number within that number line has infinite properties. Let me explain by way of an example. Take the number line below:

<-...-2...-1...0...1...2...->

Now this number line is infinite in both directions....that is it has no beginning and no end. Furthermore, for any given segment in that line, for example 0----1, that in itself is infinite. How? Well if I ask you to start at 0 and go half the distance to 1 then you will be at 1/2. If I then ask you to go half the distance to 1 from there (1/2) you will be at 3/4. If I then ask you to go half the distance from there (3/4) you will be at 7/8. And so on. If you follow the sequence you will see that the fraction will approach, but never equal 1. As a matter of fact you can do the math infinitely, and you will just never get there.

Now enough of the math. However what struck me back then and continues to strike me now is how to me this applies to our spiritual life. God is omnipresent, that is He has no beginning and no end. Within the infinite life of God we exist. Genesis 2:7 says "the LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being." To me I read it to say the the spirit (breath) of God lives within me and gives me life. God is the number line, we are the numbers within. While temporally we have a definite beginning (birth) and a definite end (death), within us exists an infinite life, the spirit of God. So we have an eternity within us that we may not even be aware of. An eternity that exists today. An eternal life that we must discover and bring forth.



Where To Begin

2006-01-29T21:25:54.236-05:00

I am on a journey, just like you. I am really no different than you. After all, we are all made in the image and likeness of our parents, but at our core we ultimately are made in the image and likeness of God. Genesis 5:3 says "When Adam had lived for one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth." And just several verses earlier in Genesis 5:1 we are told "When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God." Now I am by no means a biblical scholar nor is it my intention to debate what any verse in the Bible is "supposed" to mean, because as I see it each of us needs to ask ourselves what does it mean to me. And to me God created humankind (Adam in Hebrew) to be eternal and merciful and loving. Eternal in the sense of "infinite" but more importantly eternal in the sense of "fullness".

So how am I living my "eternity"? Not as well as I'd like, that's for sure! As time goes on I hope to share where that journey has taken me and where it continues to lead me. What started me on this current trek was a retreat I went on recently where the spiritual director posed that eternal life is not something that is "in the future", but rather is something that is "now". There is no such thing as the future. The "future" in the temporal sense does not exist. All we have is "now"... and furthermore what "was" is now gone, so no use in trying to hold on to it. We might as well try to grasp the wind and hold onto it. This has profoundly affected me because I never really thought of it in that way. The more I've been pondering it the more it is changing everything I've felt I've always known about God, relationships, eternity, and the like. I'm not sure I'm really getting across what I mean, and you may be reading this saying "You idiot, what do you mean you never thought of it that way?" All I know is that I came home feeling I had some sort of epiphany, and now I'm just trying to figure out what it was. I feel I've somehow been forced to rethink everything, so I hope you will stick with me as I go about this new beginning.