A Self-Evident Eternity Surrounds Us
It seems most interesting to me that the earth's recorded history is only around 6000 years old. Why isn't it 100,000 years old or a million years old? We do after all have an infinite past. Even so many scientific theories only relate to a cosmic horizon of some 13.8 billion years.
Archaeologists speculate as to the development of humans, but they don't really know. After all, they are only digging on a single planet in a universe so vast it is like a child in a sand box.
Some scientists tell us that the process of formation of the earth is hundreds of millions, if not billions, of years old. How is it that we only came to a state of being able to write sufficiently to record our history 6 millennia ago?
I would then think where would a billion more take me and so on. When would I reach the end? I was only 16 at the time and there was no Hubble telescope that showed the endless sea of galaxies. Comprehending the proportions of the cosmos is perhaps beyond our mental capability, yet we know it is endless.
I would also ask myself how long time had gone on before I was born and how long would it go after I die. It was obvious to me that eternity was all around us. This life is a subset of that eternity, a mortal journey surrounded by an infinite past and endless future.
What is the result of our thinking if we fail to grasp the self-evident fact that we are in an endless and timeless universe? If there was a God over all this, what would he be like?
If choices and actions do not find meaning in the eternity all around us, are we not missing an important part of the equation of life? Can we even begin to develop a full purpose without this knowledge?
Philosophy can't solve the equation of death and eternity and neither can science at this point. Only religion can, and only true religion. The false religions of men cannot. The same thing happens to all of us after death. It is not an arbitrary thing according to our whims and undefined individual belief systems.
I didn't even begin to ask myself, "what if my space travels were for a trillion miles or a hundred trillion or a billion trillion?" It didn't cross my mind to think of what had happened a hundred trillion or billion trillion years ago.
Our speculating scientists, with their theories and facts of the materials and formation of the earth don't use trillions. Yet in truth the elements of the earth must be timeless and without beginning as matter cannot be created nor destroyed. Only in the imaginations of some speculating religionists is this possible.
People factor out death and live life in a fog of limited views and pursuing routines that preoccupy their every moment. The bubbles of metal, wood and glass, of cars, planes and buildings that we live in give us a false sense of power and security that is more temporary than we know.
Is deity a whimsical "god of the gaps" only imaginable when science can't explain a natural phenomena or something else, perhaps a natural being? Based on the fact that the universe is endless there could be endless Gods, never encroaching on endless kingdoms.
The philosophical conclusions of theologians have been that for all of eternity God did nothing but wait, nap or delay and then suddenly, apparently on a whim, about 6000 years ago decided to create something. A universe, a planet, people and all that goes along with it.
Theological scholars in evaluating not the equation of eternity, but their own imaginations, was to invent a divine being because they had a book that said there was a creator over this vastness albeit of only a single life giving planet.
Was God really a being like the deity of creedal Christian lore? The one I learned about in my Protestant Methodist upbringing, an incomprehensible trinity of personalities in a single deity? Had God really only been saving souls for 6000 years and was earth his only inhabited creation?
Why would some think us be be so intelligent when we only learned how to write 6000 years ago? God obviously works on the basis all natural knowledge and science, some of which even we can learn and understand.
Why would we not eventually learn all things if our eternity is spent with God teaching us? Why do some think that eternity is the equivalent of being locked in room and told you can't learn anymore?
If we are the result of God living and creating in his image, even that of the natural family for all eternity why would scholars think it just started 6000 years ago? Why would Christian scholars put limits on God saying he does not bring salvation to his children on worlds without end in an endless universe.
Religious scholars did come up with a formula even an X of their belief system. These philosophies of men are combined into a system of limiting beliefs about who and what God is. He is often invoked when science can't explain some natural phenomena.
Not only do they limit God's power to create they also limit his love and salvation to a finite system of saving souls and claim that he incapable of producing after his own kind.
The orthodox concept of salvation consists of a limited number of souls that will praise and worship a being that should by all rights need no praise or worship. Many more are condemned they say to a hell of eternal torment. Such torment was only possible after they were created. What kind of being would do that?
In 1820 a truth seeker, a young man named Joseph Smith wanted to know which religious denomination was correct. Confused by the myriad of Bible based denominations, philosophies and divisive contentions of then current Christianity, he decides to resolve his confusion by turning to prayer. His question for God: Which church was the right one?
He was subsequently denounced by his contemporaries and their orthodox traditions. He was only 14 years old and obviously not a bible scholar or an educated philosopher. How could he possibly have a negative effect on the 2000 year old teachings of creedal Christian theology.
He is still denounced by many today in circles of theological scholarship. Why? Because he wasn't a bible scholar and claimed he was called to be God's prophet. Many unreliable sources and personal opinions would have us believe things that are not true about him and those that succeeded him.
God gave him understanding and revelations that any person can study and then follow the pattern of turning to God for answers. We only seek to teach those that are looking for truth.
A second witness of Christ was given. A companion to the first. The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. It confirms the testimony of the Bible and clarifies that errors that have developed from uninspired scholars.
The prophet Joseph taught God was a person and that we were like him, even created in God's physical image. Rather than being a mysterious and incomprehensible essence he was personal and parental in a natural way. Millions including myself testify that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God.
It is a course of never ending love between actual people, exalted and glorious beings capable of giving life forever and creating endlessly.