Motion vs Eternity
Motion is the initial requirement for life. Is God alive? Is there motion in the spiritual world? The best question would seem to be, was there a “moment” between God’s decision to make us, and whether he would or not? No, there wasn’t. There is no “motion” in his world. Differences we see in our experience come from the fact that we’re not him. We’re not God, nor could we ever be. Somehow, he will take us into his world with him, though.
Eternity, infinity, must have experience, but no variability beyond the choice God has made. Our variability comes from our weakness, our inability to grasp all that’s needed to make wise decisions, all at once, like God. This is the difference between us. And it’s why he chose to offer grace to us from the very beginning. He knew that in our weakness we would need time to understand he’s the strength we need to rely on. We move through his established law, missing it frequently, but it’s there, immovable. Where God “moves” in our world, long ago he had already predicted our needs and our decisions, and decided to move for us. So in our world, we are simply moving toward him. or away from him.
Motion, then, is not the whole story, just the part we’re living in right now. In eternity there is only God’s law, and God’s power. We can access his power by following his law, and that is what Jesus meant by “Follow me.” I started out making this note to myself just to try to formulate a way to describe the real world. But, it leads inevitably to describing God’s world, eternity. So that’s what I’ll be calling it from now on. So, at this point, I’ve retitled this article from “Motion” to “Motion vs Eternity,” because they are different from one another by polarity. In one, we observe, move, and experience change. In the other there are all of those things, except change. What you would see from one side is the opposite of what you’d see from the other.
God is immovable, but moved for our sake, in every way, before time ever began. He knows us fully, yet he loves us fully. This is more profound than any other thought of grace that could be. He chose death before he chose us. And, he waits for us until we might understand this one thing. God had always been for us, giving us everything, and moreover, not taking it away from any one of us. If we have not had enough time to see this, he gives us more. Though we cannot live in his world without his grace, he made the decision to save us from his immovability, just so he could give of himself more, give us all of himself.
The story of humanity is the story of our decisions, whether to acknowledge God, or not. Everything happens precisely according to how close we are to God. He does not move, he only gives. What he gave us from the beginning will never change, only whether we accept it. Motion, then, is the reason for our existence, but for us, decision is the difference maker.
This is why God chose faith to be the way we see him, or not. We see what he’s made, what he’s done, but are free to look elsewhere. If we look to him, though, that’s when we see this truth: He’s always been there waiting for us, giving us all we need, whether we have asked him to or not. He died for us long before he ever made us, and continues to give himself to us regardless of our faith. He gave us time to think, and space to move, for only one reason, that someday we might be with him forever in eternity.
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