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The intersection of science, faith, and reason and how the world points beyond itself to the Designer.

Time: Part 4—Time & God

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Time

Our conventional view of time is insufficient to explain the eternal nature of God. As the one who created our space-time universe and stands outside of time, God always was and always is; there’s never been a time when He didn’t exist. He alone is able to survey time in its entire duration. Some of the things related to God’s purposes, such as free will, election, and divine sovereignty, are mysterious to us because of our own limited view of time.

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Time: Part 3—The Inadequacy of Conventional Views

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Time

The fact that God’s view of time is different than ours and that there are many instances of precognition (seeing events before they happen, as in the case of John and the book of Revelation) are two reasons to reject our conventional view of time as complete. While some have proposed multiple dimensions of time to explain these phenomena, there’s much we simply do not know, except that our ordinary sense of time seems to be inadequate.

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Time: Part 2—Time & Physics

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Time

Ken Boa discusses how the findings of physics have had an impact on our understanding of time. Rather than seeing it as absolute, we now understand it to be relative to a reference point. Also, as we can see from verses like 2 Peter 3:8, God is not constricted to a certain time framework as humans on earth are.

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Time: Part 1—The Mystery of Time

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Time

Adapted from a chapter in Ken Boa’s book “God, I Don’t Understand,” this series will explore how the Bible views time, including the relationship between God and time and between humans and time. Part 1 gives an overview of the mystery surrounding time, emphasizing the limits of the human perspective and the evidence that there is more to time than we often consider.

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Graphic of the three magi and the Bethlehem star

The Return of the Bethlehem Star

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When he was in seminary, Ken Boa wanted to incorporate his astronomy background into his master’s thesis. He did so by studying and writing on the star of Bethlehem. His thesis was published by Doubleday in 1980 and later (in 1985) by Zondervan as The Return of the Star of Bethlehem. You can purchase the book in the Ken Boa Store. 

Before looking at some of the attempts to explain the star,

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