• Michael Haldas

Time


“I would suggest that it is a mistake to describe Christianity as a “historical” religion, despite the space-time reality of its central events. It is more correct to describe Christianity as an “eschatological” religion – a belief that the end of all things – the fulfillment of time and history – has entered space and time and inaugurated a different mode of existence. To put it in the simple terms of the Gospel: the Kingdom of God is at hand.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“In Mark 1:15 Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand…The kingdom of God is at hand meaning it is present and continues to be present. It has broken through into our world. It is not simply a future state.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“For Christian ritual is distinguished not only by its eschatological fulfillment and its sacramental realism; it is also distinct in that it is but the external expression of what is present within us.” (Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ)

“The hour through which you are at present passing, the man whom you meet here and now, the task on which you are engaged at this very moment—these are always the most important in your whole life." (Paul Evdokimov)

“Scriptural passages, beginning with the story of creation, immerse the seeker into history, but more importantly, into a special time—"kairos," or sacred time—when the present moment touches eternity.” (Carol Buleza)

“…why don’t we spend more time in the present moment? The answer is simple. Our broken humanity has lost its natural intuition and no longer knows what to do with the present moment.” (Kevin Scherer)

“The great and abiding temptation for Christianity is to temporize the gospel. When the world sinks into the mundane, the normal, and the ordinary, the gospel becomes a banality, a religious teaching that does little more than moralize or threaten. The wonder that is the Kingdom of God breaking forth in the midst of things is dismissed and exchanged for that which will be, sometime later in the chronos. The subtle message is, “Not now, not here.” But the Kingdom of God is here and now.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Despite all of our efforts to control our own reality, the fact is, we are controlled by the thoughts that barrage our minds. Most of us are unconsciously fixated on either the past or the future…we struggle to live in the present reality. We are more comfortable racing back and forth between the past and the present because we unconsciously believe that we can control it through discursive reasoning or inner dialogues.” (Kevin Scherer)

“The contemporary ignorance of Christian theology has made the Christian life subject to the tyranny of secular life and time. The Kingdom of God is partitioned from the world of the “ordinary” and “normal,” and turned into just one more thing in the future that has to wait its turn. However, this is utterly false and a denial of the work of Christ. In Christ, the Kingdom of God has shattered both time and matter. The bondage and debt of the created order are being overturned. What is hidden is being revealed. That which will be is present even now. Blessed are all who have loved His appearing.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“...we squander our mental faculties with endless hours before our computers, TVs, and iPads. As creatures who were created to commune with God, we waste our time in mindless pursuits, giving little thought to things that are spiritual and of eternal value. We battle not only against the all-ruling God but also against the ruling power inherent in our nature.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“If, indeed, we all have a kind of appetite for eternity, we have allowed ourselves to be caught up in a society that frustrates our longing at every turn. Half our inventions are advertised to save time—the washing machine, the fast car, the jet flight—but for what? Never were people more harried by time: by watches, by buzzers, by time clocks, by precise schedules …” (Sheldon Vanauken)

“The brevity of life is a theme throughout the books of Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. Jesus also spoke about it (Luke 12:20). Ironically, people spend much time securing their lives on earth but little or no thought to where they will spend eternity.” (Life Application Study Bible, Psalms 39:5-6)

“Every day can bring about an event or problem that makes us feel unsettled. If we want to keep unrest at bay, it is important that we prayerfully receive everything with the knowledge that God is watching over us and that all will be fine in the end. Spending time worrying accomplishes nothing, for worrying simply keeps our attention in the wrong place.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“We should have a sense of Christ at all times. I should sense Christ sitting with me at the computer as I’m typing, because He is there. I should sense Christ in every conversation I have, because He is there. Because Christ is there at all times, that should affect what I write, what I say, what I do… use as much time as is possible for advancing Christ’s purposes in this world.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, Foundation Study Bible, Ephesians 5:16)

“In the New Testament, "kairos" means "the appointed time in the purpose of God", the time when God acts… whereas "chronos" [kronos] refers to a specific amount of time, such as a day or an hour…Kronos is the time zone in which days add up to a week, weeks add up to a month, and years are numbered ad infinitum. Kairos, on the other hand, is the word that indicates a state "beyond time." It has been described as time so enriched by meaning and significance that watches and clocks are unwelcome.” (Wikipedia, Carol Buleza)

“There is a kairos, "a season and a time" (Ecclesiastes 3.1) for each divine gift, and this kairos is the time in which God acts, calling us to participate in His action.” (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese)

"In Christianity, time, however achieves a different dimension; the linearity of time does not really apply when our lives are linked with God Who exists outside of time. Time is only for us, created beings, but for Him past, present and future do not apply, He just is (Exo 3:14). When we join ourselves with Christ however, things start to change, because the more we acquire His likeness, the more we start looking at the world, including at time, from His eternal perspective." (Fr. Vasile Tudora)

“The best thing you and I can do is to stop looking at our watches and calendars and simply look by faith into the face of God and let Him have His way—in His time.” (Warren Wiersbe)

“If God 'foresaw' our acts, it would be very hard to understand how we could be free not to do them. But suppose God is outside and above the Time-line... You never supposed that your actions at this moment were any less free because God knows what you are doing. Well, He knows your tomorrow's actions in just the same way--because He is already in tomorrow and can simply watch you. In a sense, He does not know your action till you have done it: but the moment at which you have done it is already 'NOW' for Him.” (C. S. Lewis)

“Our future is not about what we have or don’t have, or about what might happen or what might not happen. Our future is all about Who we know and how well we know Him…In life, in death, and for eternity our relationship with God is what matters most, and therefore should be our main concern here and now.” (Cindi McMenamin, J.I. Packer)

“Some of us live in the past, our lives driven by memories of some powerful experience, defining event, or former relationship. Past-oriented people mix their present choices and relationships with a reality that no longer exists. They steer through life following the dictates of something or someone gone by.” (Dynamis 11/25/2014)

“If we are sensitive to each moment as God’s moment, we can be grateful for interruptions, because God often moves in unexpected ways.” (Albert S. Rossi)

“The time which you lend to God is not lost: He will return it to you with abundant interest."

(St. Basil the Great)

“...how we live in the life to come depends on how we live in this life. If in our deepest heart we love God and seek His Kingdom, we shall surely find it. But if we are wrapped up in ourselves instead, we shall be unable to enjoy the life that God grants freely to all.” (Clark Carlton)

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