Theological

Systematic studies of what the Scriptures teach about critical topics and themes.

Life Beyond Death: What Can We Know?

This live recording of a discussion with Ken Boa (moderated by Michael Stewart) addresses a topic that affects all of humanity: what happens after we die? What do we know about the afterlife from the Bible? This talk occurred at GraceLife Church (Pineville, NC) on in September 2018 as part of its In Question series.

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Time: Part 6—Time & Eternity

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Time

God put a longing for eternity in our hearts; when we die, time will continue forever, in a way only God can see fully, with qualitative differences from our current experience of time. The process of aging will cease, and time will no longer constrain us or drag us down.

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Time: Part 5—Time & History

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Time

Unlike the circular/cyclical view of time taken by the ancient Greeks and today by Hindus, biblical time is linear, centered around the resurrection of Jesus Christ and building to the final climax in history when He returns again.

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Time: Part 4—Time & God

This entry is part 4 of 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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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