- Religion and Philosophy
How to Recognize Eternity Within You
The Beginning of Eternity
When you hear the word eternity, you probably imagine it to be something incomprehensible- a term that is literally not bound by the time restraints that our bodies are obligated to obey.
But God created every human being with a desire to yearn for eternity. There is security in hearing a story that has a definite ending, one in which we are able to have some closure. And yet there's always that possibility that there could be a story beyond what has been written. I think that most of us have a desire to learn about the unknown but too often it is overwhelmed by our fear of it.
Eternity Existed Before God's Creation Did
God interwove eternity into all of His creation. Even the plants and animals reveal this to us. Isaiah 55:10&11 say, "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." God didn't intend for any part of His creation to cease to exist. This is seen even "in the beginning" when "the Lord God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will certainly die" (Gen. 2:16&17). We can discern that God was talking of a spiritual death because Adam and Eve did not physically die the moment they ate of the tree. The fact that God commanded them not to eat of the tree for fear that they would die implies that God's intention was and is to live with us forever.
Thank God that He's provided provision for our mistakes through Christ. We can still enter into an eternal relationship with God by accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior. And this eternal relationship has the capability of being brought about the very moment we accept Christ. It doesn't have to wait until we get to heaven and God doesn't want it to. We are called to express heaven's kingdom on earth through our everyday actions.
Eternity Throughout All of Creation
Because all of creation came from God, all of creation breathes out God's qualities. In a sense, eternity can represent fullness. If, when God created the world, He withheld eternity from creation, then everything He created would cease to exist by the end of the day and He would have to re-create the world daily. Yet He created seed-bearing plants- plants that would carry on their God-given beauty through reproducing itself. Plants that would speak heavily of an awe-inspiring, all-sufficient God. Adam and Eve would never live with lack as long as the plants acted according to how God created them to be. All of His creation acts harmoniously to bring about what God desires. The wind carries the seeds to the soil, the rain comes down to allow a new plant to grow, and the life of the plant starts all over again.
God also have Adam and Eve the authority to continue life. Life on earth didn't end with them. It began with them when God said "Be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:28). Each character in the bible didn't die without leaving behind an impression that impacted others. We have the ability to impact those around us. You have eternity on the inside of you. Anything that causes a ripple affect leaves behind a representation of what eternity looks like. Eternity holds life and a continuation is what is already taking place. Eternity reproduces. Pray that God would help you to use that knowledge to make an impact on those surrounding you.