That Which Is Eternal

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about eternal things. It is trivially obvious that something must always have existed, for if there had ever been a point at which absolutely nothing existed, then the fact of our own existence is entirely inexplicable. As it has been said, “out of nothing, nothing comes”.

It also strikes me that whatever has always existed is likely to continue to exist eternally. Philosophically, this is known as necessity; It is impossible for a necessary object not to exist. It must exist in any possible world. The opposite of necessity is contingency, which describes something that might or might not exist. Similarly, the opposite of eternality is temporality… things bound to time.

Necessary objects must also possess necessary essential attributes. These attributes are those that make the object what it is, and cause it to be necessary. These attributes are immutable, that is, they cannot change.(1)

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Rebuke me, please!

Some few years ago, I started noticing a trend among secular pundits. Now, unfortunately, it seems to have invaded Christian thought as well. This trend is, on its surface, a Christian tenet; however, when you dig deep and look at the motivation, it’s only a thinly-veiled attempt to justify following one’s own will rather than God’s will.

I’m speaking about the trend to take Matthew 7:1 out of context. This verse is likely now the most favorite verse, replacing the beloved John 3:16. Because rather than John’s words about God’s love for us, people now love Matthew’s directive to “Judge not”!

If we take this verse to mean that we should not judge others, we fall into gross error, for that is not the meaning of this verse at all. Were this the case, it would directly contradict other scriptures that speak of the value of being rightfully judged when we are in error. Continue reading