Dan Delzell: Does Light Exist Outside of Time?

As we consider what the Bible says about light and eternity, some have questioned whether light can exist in the absence of time.

In an article entitled “Does Light Experience Time?” Fraser Cain writes, “I co-host Astronomy Cast, and get to pick the brain of the brilliant astrophysicist Dr. Pamela Gay every week. We were talking about photons one week and she dropped a bombshell on my brain. Photons do not experience time. Just think about that idea. From the perspective of a photon, there is no such thing as time. It’s emitted, and might exist for hundreds of trillions of years, but for the photon, there’s zero time elapsed between when it’s emitted and when it’s absorbed again. It doesn’t experience distance either.” Well that sure is fascinating!

And yet our certainty that light can exist in the absence of “time” is based upon what God already told us in His Word. Here is one way God describes heaven: “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)

This explains how light could exist before God created the sun on the fourth day. In fact, there was already light before the beginning of the second day. All it took was for God to say, “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:3) God’s creative power is not dependent upon time. And there will be light in heaven forever, where believers will dwell in a realm beyond time as we know it.

Scripture proves what is real and eternal. And science is in way over its head whenever it attempts to prove or disprove the supernatural power of God. Albert Einstein said, “The human mind is not capable of grasping the universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books – a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.”

If you can believe that God provides light in heaven even in the absence of time, then you can believe that God spoke light into existence before the first 24-hour day on earth. The eyes of faith see God doing the seemingly impossible. “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)

Did God need there to be “time” in order to create the heavens and the earth? No. “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) Did God need there to be “time” in order to create light? No. “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) God is not prevented from accomplishing His purposes even in the absence of “time.”

And God certainly didn’t need “the clock to start running” before He could create the heavens and the earth. That may be the way man looks at it with his finite thinking, but God can do anything. The brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking applied human reason to this issue when he stated, “Time didn’t exist before the Big Bang, so there is no time for God to make the universe in.”

Well, that is about as far as man’s intellect can take him. And if you reject the supernatural message of Scripture, you won’t be able to believe that God made the universe outside of time. Our human reason is limited in its capabilities. If one of the smartest scientists to come along in recent years doesn’t see how it could happen, isn’t it obvious that God intentionally did something that only the humble would receive and believe by faith? After all, how else could someone ever come to believe that an infinite God created the heavens and the earth, and that He did so in eternity past?

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Source: Christian Post