Infinity is defined as being without limitations in time or space. Eternity means without beginning or end.
In order for an eternal infinite Being to interact with finite beings - a divine diversity is necessary within such a Being - for by definition
infinity/eternity and finiteness cannot simultaneously co-exist. Our Creator, by necessity, would have to enter creation in such a way that was not
entire in ability or form ... as Paul writes that Christ emptied Himself for the sake of bodily incarnation. Indeed it was not just for the sake of
our reconciliation to the Almighty that He came, but the incarnation itself was/is necessary for the purpose of a direct interface between the Creator
and His created. He could not directly communicate with His creation *in His entirety*
without extinguishing time/space itself because our
Creator Himself assumes the absence of time/space.
Of course a sovereign Creator has the option of creating beings who can traverse between His estate and ours (as I believe He has done) - but in order
to interact with us personally, directly, in the first person
there *must* be a divine diversity (the Trinity according to the Christianity
ethos) within the Godhead. The distinction I am appealing to is the ability of God to relay His message to His creation (angels) and personally
interact with his creation (Christ). Mind you I am not calling into question His omnipotent knowledge of His creation nor His ability to communicate
with us itself - but His ability to personally
communicate with us while also
allowing for our continued existence ... for if He were
to, in His fullness,
immerse Himself in space/time - space/time would cease to exist along with all creatures within it.
My point whole point is to show that an eternal Being *must* contain elements of divine diversity in order to interact with finite beings. I'm
Christian and so I believe this requirement was satisfied by the trinity. Of course if there is a sovereign and personal Creator who is NOT the
Creator revealed by Scripture, this creator would still need to contain elements of divine diversity.
Thus, Christ was and remains necessary for more than one reason. This is consistent with the Scripture that states, "I am the same yesterday, today,
and forever" because as time is the measure of changes in matter ... it only makes sense that, in His realm, there is no change as there is no time.
There are yet more reasons still for His visitation. If Christ really is who He says He is, God cannot be accused of living a sheltered life,
impervious to pain, fear, temptation, sorrow, loss, etc. If there is a God and He hasn't taken it upon Himself to incarnate as one of His created ...
then I fear a higher act of love was devised by the minds of men than by this alleged creator.
Of course all of this is merely one girl's understanding, and crude at that - but the logic is consistent in my estimation.
TLDR; Until we are conformed to His image (the rebirth according to Christianity), with the ability to exist eternally - coexistence is impossible in
His presence, in Its entirety,
because His presence demands the absence of time.
P.S. This is what I do. I muse, I opine. Sometimes I write my thoughts down. This is no way an attempt to proselytize or coerce as I've seen some
Christians accused of here on ATS. Please be friendly and civil. I welcome your thoughts
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