Friday, October 28, 2005

Conversations with God, part 5

Does time exist?

One of the things that was created in the big bang was time. "As the elements raced forth, time was created, for a thing was first here, then it was there--and the period it took to get from here to there was measurable" (p.24). So time was created as a result of space and motion. But in the wacky world of Walsch, just because a thing was created doesn't mean it actually exists. Later in the book, God was assuring Walsch that all paths lead to God, and that it was just a matter of when a person would get there. Yet it turns out that "when" is a misnomer since time is an illusion. She says, "There is no such thing as an incorrect path--for on this journey you cannot 'not get' where you are going. It is simply a matter of speed—merely a question of when you will get there--yet even that is an illusion, for there is no 'when,' neither is there a 'before' or 'after.' There is only now; an eternal moment of always in which you are experiencing yourself" (p. 104). If it's true that time is only an illusion, then space and motion must also be illusions since that's what time is based on. But that means the whole external world is an illusion. If the whole universe is an illusion, then in what sense did God create it? Doesn't creation imply that it exists? But if it's an illusion, then God didn't create it after all. At most, God only created the illusion. (Who is having this illusion anyway?) The simple answer to all of this is that God contradicted herself, because in the beginning of the book there is every impression that the big bang was a real event which brought about a real physical world, and time is just as real. But now she's saying that time is not real but just an illusion.

to be continued...

Part 6

6 Comments:

At 10/29/2005 10:58 PM , Blogger daleliop said...

It's easy to see that these concepts might seem confusing and/or/therefore profound, regardless of whether they are true or not. I suspect that a lot of readers may have bought into this just because of how it sounds.

 
At 10/30/2005 7:04 PM , Blogger daleliop said...

Where did this page go? lol

http://philochristos.blogspot.com/2005/08/conversations-with-god-how-can-you-be.html#comments

On a sidenote, did you notice that you named the title 'Conversations with God' back then instead of 'Conversations with Angie' in that one particular post? Funny how now you're doing Conversations with God. I guess it was some Freudian slip (I guess Conversations with Angie was a play on the title anyway).

 
At 10/30/2005 9:05 PM , Blogger ephphatha said...

Oh dear, I didn't even notice that! Yeah, I got the idea for "Conversations with Angie" from "Conversations with God."

 
At 10/31/2005 5:24 AM , Blogger Steve said...

see i think the reason Walsch has a different view on these things is because he believes in Christianity out of faith, whereas you seem to believe in it out of reason.

Thus, while you critically analyze what is reasonable or not, Walsch is merely interesting in what he thinks best expresses his faith in God!

 
At 10/31/2005 2:59 PM , Blogger daleliop said...

Hey, the page above got restored today. lol

Did you fix it, Sam?

 
At 10/31/2005 4:21 PM , Blogger ephphatha said...

I didn't do anything to it. Weird.

 

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