What is ‘time’?

Yesterday I was putting on make up and started to wonder about this aging process…

Aging of the body sure is s result of time.

So is the rising and setting of the sun.

But what is time? Is it actually the turning of the earth? Or is it something else?

If the earth quit turning, would time stand still?

I have read that in light year travel, if we traveled this fast to another planet and returned to earth, we would return to earth before we left it.

I’ll have to ask my physicist friend…


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1 Response to What is ‘time’?

  1. tannngl says:

    This comment was posted on FB to my question by a friend and brother in Yeshua, Craig. Here it is:

    In other languages, such as Greek, there are multiple words for “time.” For example, “kairos” refers to a season of opportunity whereas “chronos” is the physical entity that physicists study. To measure this entity, one requires a process such as the pendulum on a clock or a burst of light racing down a very long fiber-optic cable. The later case establishes a link between distance and time and illustrates that time would exist even if we didn’t measure it even as distance would exist even if we didn’t measure it. However, if you could slow down every quark, every electron, every photon, etc, could we really know? Some equations of physics suggest that time is really the ghost of change, a change that propagates from each point in space.

    In any event, length, mass, and time are things we cannot really define in the scientific sense. Instead, one has to relate to these things through experience and experiment and then define other quantities based on these things. The situation is not unlike faith in which one takes experience, personal relationship, observations, reason, and trust and extrapolates to something one cannot fully prove, define, or explain.

    There is much, much more to say about time and space. Indeed, the Rabbis of Old knew many of the mysteries just now being unraveled by physicists…. but that is a subject for another post, perhaps later in this thread?

    As to the aging of the body, one is dealing with finite telomeres, genetic damage, etc., that we inherited in an imperfect world thanks to Adam’s fateful decision… and our own decisions on top of that. The telomeres are mircroscopic “twist-ties” that hold your dna together. With each cell division, these telomeres get shorter. Thus, one has only so many cell divisions available (and, consequently, can make only so many repairs to the body). The body, sensing the depletion of healing available, slows down and produces less human growth hormone among other things. One then begins to see the disrepair in wrinkles, etc.

    Imagine living to be 700 without growing old as did Methuselah! Or living at peak condition like a 25 year old with the experience, wisdom, and maturity of 12 0000 years! In principle, it is possible even in this fallen world. Scientists are unraveling the mystery now even as they learn about telomeres, hgh, etc. But if such a secret were known, would the elite or even market forces allow it to be given to the masses?

    God posted a terrifying angel, a Keruv with a flaming sword to prevent Adam and Eve from taking of the Tree of Life and thus experiencing this sort of virtual immortality. In our sinful condition, we need our mortality to remind us of our need for a Savior and to remind us to use our time wisely. Growing old is a sad reality of life, but it need not be a total tragedy. The hair of the aged is their crown of honor, a mark of experience and wisdom earned. It is the old who have grandchildren and who are a vital link to the past. It is a beautiful thing in marriage for a man and woman to commit to each other so long that only they can see each other’s youthful beauty when that beauty has long disappeared from the eyes of the world.

    How I wish I could have children of my own and grow old seeing them as they mature and age into beautiful adults! In the context of family and dedication to God, growing old need not be only a curse but can instead be a beautiful and lovely part of the cycle of a life well lived. When I grow old, will I rejoice in time well spent or will I mourn for opportunities lost?

    “Teach us to number our days aright,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

    Bible Gateway passage: Psalm 90 – New International Version 1984
    BOOK IV – Psalms 90–106Psalm 90 – A prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You turn men back to dust, saying, “Return …


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