Monday, April 16, 2007

Reflections on Eternity: An Introduction

Eternity extends beyond the realm of time. Minutes and seconds vanish into the vapor of that which is called Forever. Hours and days, weeks and months, years, decades, centuries, and millennia—all stand as dust, transitory, unseen microcosms in the galaxy of the never-ending.

Imagine a coffee cup. At the disk-shaped bottom of the cup lies the entire period of known and unknown history. Grant and Lincoln, Nebuchadnezzar and Alexander the Great, Napolean, and Adam—their lives, deeds, and existence take up not even a cubed milliliter. Throw the cup now into the center of the Atlantic Ocean. Within minutes, it has vanished, to be remembered no more.

If time today is thus perishing, why do we serve it as if it were a god to be worshiped? Why do we bow the knee to that which will fade, foregoing the most important elements which extend beyond mortal existence into the realms of the everlasting?

A familiar song says: “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Now imagine that above the sinking coffee cup comes a mist impenetrable by any force. While the porcelain sides of the object are soon to be ravaged by the ocean’s powerful surge and tempests, an abiding aura ascends above the crushed object. This mist lives on and on, illustrative of those investments which will last forever. For eternity.

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