Over at Resting in Apricity, a brief discussion took place in the comments concerning the nature of Eternity. My initial idea of eternity was to associate it with the concept of forever. The blogmistress, CaseyAnn, had a different concept of eternity: that of timelessness. When we consider these two definitions in the context of God, her’s was clearly the superior. When I commented on the two different approaches we took, she left this great comment:
Yes, yes, very good observation and the most beautiful revelation about God. A major error with seeing eternity as quantitative is that it gives the impression of a beginning and an end. God is eternal: He had no beginning and has no end.
I could be off the mark here, but I’ve tended to see eternity as only intelligible as something of an aspect of God. God didn’t create eternity, after all. It gets somewhat confusing when one thinks of hell, however. But my understanding is that hell is not, as popularly regarded, the absence of God but His very presence, which tortures the Godless. This is consistent with the idea that eternity cannot be separated from God.
It is supremely difficult for some people to grasp the concept that time itself is a construct, an artificial creation of something greater. This is understandable, because we are by our very nature temporal creatures, thinking in terms of before and after, cause and effect. It takes concerted effort to try and free our minds from the boundaries of causality, and to imagine something that just is. Even when we can achieve that kind of mental state, we must still acknowledge that as but a tiny mote amidst the unimaginable immensity of Creation, our minds cannot grasp but the smallest sliver of the majesty that is Eternity.