Evolutionary theory requires unimaginably vast amounts of time but the mystery of time
itself and whence it came is conveniently ignored. In order for time to exist, it must have beginning and ending, and encapsulate motion. Matter/energy cannot remain perfectly still in the universe without being very old and cannot move beyond light speed without being very young. Because light is absolute velocity, light years define distance, not speed. The number of light years any particular star is from the earth is not relative to the earth’s age and seemingly, according to 2 Peter 3:8-9, the Creator of time has little use for it other than as a providential gift to nature.
The scriptures speak of a first creation, pronounced good, and a new creation after which time shall be no more. Human histories, individual, national, and racial are seen and known from eternity, completed, and stand in agreement with the preacher of Ecclesiastes that “God hath made everything beautiful in its time.” God in His eternity is outside looking in from an everlasting unfolding of sequence rather than a static moment of present, unbound by time, transcending it.
Doctor Lewis remarked that Christianity is a religion one would not have guessed and coined it “good infection.” Christianity embraces no other views, rather most vociferously excludes them. There is no illusion of equating or co-mingling of faiths. Allah, alone, had no object of love and therefore no way to apprehend it, while love is paramount to Trinity. Jehovah is no Hindu duality nor is victory a goal, but a fact of Him. He was not surprised at Eve’s deception or Adam’s fall.
Despite its letdowns and sins, Christianity since its inception, has moved civilizations forward. Its central tenant of Christ’s death on a cross and subsequent resurrection is not a frustration of God with sin meant to appease an unleashed rage. More rather, begotten in eternity, it is an in-time intervention of grace for the benefit of saving from sins His image bearers. There is much more to the story of course but as Ellen Vaughn states in her book [Time Peace], “Jesus died, changing eternal outcomes.”
Cosmologist Stephen Hawking agreed with the thinking of Albert Einstein that laws of certainty and uncertainty should not co-exist. Desperate to bind the universe, A.E. knew the consequences of a capricious one would haunt his dreams. Yet many-splendored nature can be whimsical, volatile, and fickle, and so they both labored unsuccessfully to find the principle that would unify macro-nature and quantum. Einstein particularly hated the uncertainty of quantum particles. Thus his exasperated remarks in a paper that, “Human beings in their thinking, feeling, and acting, are not free but are as causally bound,” (certainty) “as the stars in their motions, but I must act as if free will,” (uncertainty) “exists.” He would have everything in the universe be encapsulated in formula, but the paradox was that such constriction would end in the predetermination of all action, including the very actions of the observer. Predestined to observe one’s own predetermination? No wonder the feeling of entrapment, of cosmic puppeteering. People have never been content with the inexplicable.
The answer, sought but shunned, is found in that certainty and uncertainty cannot co-exist UNLESS someone from outside, the ONLY ONE outside, determines the course; just as when eternity and time interact in concert. God created a predictable visible world with an uncertain atomic under-reality. Even so, some maintain that free will is a charade. God’s created reality however means that Sovereignty can be proclaimed while free will is maintained and calmness attained by realizing a divine, personal, emancipating Love. “There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets.” Daniel 2:28.