End of Time
This is a phrase I have heard many times as I grew and was privy to the teachings of many different churches. I heard my mother, friends, neighbors, and strangers use this phrase. But, is it a concept that we cannot really even begin to comprehend? I'm not totally sure, but God does not exist in the linear sense we are accustomed to and in fact time is not a boundary or true descriptor of God and His existence. It is written that He is from everlasting to everlasting and also that he is Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end. It is from this last statement that I perceive the concept of the "end of time" is born. But, again here, I must ask if God is from everlasting to everlasting, how does this "end" fit into things?
There is one word that somewhat encompasses my meager understanding in this area and that word is relative. I'm not speaking of kinship but rather a relationship between God and mankind that we cannot understand, yet it is give to and for us in the terms that we may hopefully understand; terms that will allow us to think and portray everything within the reaches of our limited minds and or the capacity for us to understand God.
I have heard it compared to trying to explain to a young child about the complex theories of Physics or the deepest thoughts of Theologists [I prefer this term to Theologian] and the relationship between the reality of God and the reality we perceive. We are afforded guidance so that we may at least break down the concept of endless time or existence into a system (Given us by God) wherewith we track the days, months, years, etc. as defined for us in the Old Testament. God provided the sun, moon, and stars for our use as a means to know, learn, and be capable of following the instructions God gave mankind - His commandments and the portions that declare the times and seasons for festivals in memorial, as an inherent custom (or requirement) within the capability we have of understanding. In other words, God provided us a celestial clock that is understandable to us to help us find some concrete means of identifying with God. They are designed to allow us to draw near to God in terms we are capable of knowing and physically capable of performing.
But getting back to the term end of time, then, it therefore must be a term that only impacts the reality of time as humanity knows it. I offer that the end of time is not really an end, but the beginning of forever or everlasting when we are given the capability to understand. That time of understanding is when all will be revealed to us and in our translated bodies, in our heavenly bodies or forms, and through the new spirit filled existence in the presence of God. When we are in heaven and all is revealed, what a wondermous event that will be. We will know all that we have questioned but failed to find an answer and the depth and reach of understanding that is impossible for us to "handle" now. So, time as God is, has no end and we shall experience that. The end of time is only pertinent to this earthly existence, to the experience we call life in the world - and a world that will pass away as will all the concepts and understandings we have of our primitive existence. For life in Heaven is anything but primitive, in fact a life we cannot explain in concrete terms, but rather a blink in the eternity we will be part of. What a wonderful, exciting, and possibly intimidating truth given us through the word of God.
So, again, the end of time is merely a term we have invented so we can understand the day when tracking time as we know it will not be necessary because once we are part of eternity there is no "time" as we think of it now.
Is it then not a difference between science and theology or rather a harmonized symbiotic relationship between them specifically for our benefit? I favor the latter...