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   Time?

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   Not the easiest word to define.

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   Here’s astrophysicist/evangelist Hugh Ross’s definition, relating time to

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(1) cause-and-effect,

(2) its relationship to the Law of Thermodynamics, and

(3) personal relationships¹.

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For that, however, you’ll have to continue your dozen seconds through the DOOR.

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   “Time is difficult to define. Unlike space, accessible to humans in 3 dimensions, time is accessible in only one. And try as we might, we can neither stop nor reverse the arrow of time. What’s more, it’s impossible for any human to get outside the cosmic time dimension and observe all its properties.

   “Nevertheless, scientists, theologians, and philosophers have noted several immutable properties of time. Scholars agree that time is a dimension or realm in which cause-and-effect phenomena occur, with effects always following their causes. They also agree that apart from time, cause-and-effect phenomena anywhere in the universe cannot occur. In other words, time is integral to the operation of cause and effect.

   “Scientists observe a second property of time: a thermodynamic relationship. They measure the universe’s total entropy (amount of disorder or total amount of energy no longer able to perform work) as increasing in direct proportion to the passage of time. Time appears to be strongly linked with, or defined by, the 2nd law of thermodynamics (the law of continuously increasing entropy or decay).

   “Psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, and theologians have also identified a relational property of time. They note that without time, relationships are impossible². And what’s more, the degree of depth, significance, and reward (or conflict) experienced in a relationship appears strongly correlated with the amount of time invested in it.

   “Scholars speculate about other properties of time as well, but not without considerable dispute. Only on the 3 time markers–the occurrence of cause and effect, the increase of entropy, and the development of personal relationships–has widespread agreement been achieved.”

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   ¹ Hugh Ross, Why the Universe Is the Way It Is (Baker, 2008, p. 127). Use of actual numbers instead of their expression as “words,” coloring, and boldface (throughout) are ours.

   ² This impossibility refers to created life. The creator of time, the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), is in no way limited by time.