Travelling Through Time

Whether Paul, or Apollos or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ’s is God’s.

– Letter to the Corinthians.

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Aniekin’s a girl, a teenage girl: she’s fifteen and in high school. Her father travels a lot because of work. Her mother too because of business. They give her everything she wants, but not everything she needs. They do not give her their time, their presence, their attention.

Aniekin’s lonely: she resorts to making ‘friends’ online. She hooks up with a fellow in second year in some college: his name’s Anietti. He invites her to a party. They meet at the party…

Soon, Aniekin’s found pregnant.

He says No! The child is not his. She burst into tears. He was her first and only. Her world falls into pieces.

Aniekin, it’s been four months, you’re told to abort the pregnancy, the preacher says to keep the child. You’re scared you’d lose your life during an abortion. You know you’ll lose your life if you kept the child – already you’ve stopped school because of your swelling tummy.

You do not know what to do.

Last night, you fell asleep. In your dream you saw a lady in white. She was young. She shone so bright. She stood at the foot of your bed. You felt too weak to sit up, and she walked over and sat beside you. She smiled, held you, stroked your arm and said:

“Anie. What if I gave you a chance to go back in time, an opportunity to correct your wrong? Would you take it?”

You were too weak to respond. And she knew.

“Hush. Don’t say a word. I’ll return tomorrow night for your answer.” She said.

She walked over to the foot of your bed. Your eyes fixed on her, while you lay still on your bed. And then you fell asleep in your dream and awoke in reality.

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You fall asleep again tonight. You dream the same but this time, there is no angel. She never returns.

You awake to realize that your dilemma remains. The angel wasn’t real; she was your wish fleshed out.

The tears, they rise, but you let them fall.

In reality the past is at best a reference, a memory, something to build on. It doesn’t change, cannot change; but the present and the future can.

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And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

– Luke’s Gospel

Jesus is the Christ. He built a bridge between the human and the divine, granted man access to the Father. He paid the price for man’s fallen nature: He was the right substitute.

Before the cross, he prayed a great deal; sometimes for strength to bear the weight of the world in that one moment.

Once as he prayed, two men appeared to him in celestial glory – he also took on the same glory. Moses and Elias had died decades before Mary’s Immaculate Conception. But now they stood and spoke with Him. They spoke to Him of His impending death and resurrection, by which he’d save and justify man. They told Him of His future to help strengthen His present.

One of two things occurred during this incident: either Jesus, in the then present time, traveled to timeless eternity – the realm of the physically dead but alive in the Spirit – or Moses and Elias came all the way from timeless eternity to the then present time. Whichever, someone traveled through time. Someone also heard about, saw the future and received strength for the present.

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After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven…

– John’s Revelation

John was known as The Beloved. He had much affection for Jesus. Jesus much loved him. He loved to embrace Jesus a lot. Jesus never shooed him.

Have you ever read John’s Book of Revelation as a connected story and not just select verses? You should. He’s reported to have seen a vision. I think it becomes really interesting and (maybe) more real when at some point you see him as traveling in time from AD 96 (still disputed) to a time still to come. He saw the apocalypse, the happenings of the end. He saw the great tribulation, the judgment, and if you believe you’re going to heaven, he saw you and the others who do. He spoke to real beings, heard them say real things. Then he returned and wrote about them.

John traveled in time. There was no time machine. There didn’t have to be. John only had to be in the Spirit. He was in the Spirit, and in the Spirit he moved years ahead of his time, ahead of our time, ahead of times still to come.

The Bible doesn’t refute time travel – it even gives accounts of people who traveled through time. It reveals that one way by which I can change the past is in acknowledging the deity and sacrifice of Christ: this obliterates my past wrong, and gives me a new start. It states that I can only influence the future by working in the present. It also says that I am only limited by space and time because I choose to be: because in the Spirit I can see tomorrow, in the Spirit I can reach the other end of the world, in the Spirit I can fly.

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