Now versus Time

When it is "now," it is "now" in every place; it is "now" over all the universe. But matter cannot tell when it is "now," or describe what "now" is. No instrument, however ingenious, can be so accurate, so exact, as to be able to strike "now": it would always strike too early or too late.

"Now" is a fixed fact, and is always absolute. The time, for instance, of noon in one place may be quite another time in another part of the world. On the other hand, "now" in Europe is also "now" in Australia and in America. In fact, it is "now" at the same instant everywhere.

Paul says that "now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." He also uses the words "knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep." Is not this to know or understand the nothingness of time and to awake to the understanding of man's present oneness with God, to awake to the fact that man is now and forever God's image and likeness? To the so-called human mind it may seem to take some time before one is entirely awake after a bad dream—the memory of it may linger in the thought; yet one declares over and over again that it was only a dream, without reality, place, or effect. Another dreamer might wake up more quickly, perhaps instantaneously, and not even remember anything of the dream. Just so it is when the truth about God and man is revealed to human consciousness; it may seem to take a longer or a shorter time, as time goes, but the revelation can be unfolded instantaneously now, as in the twinkling of an eye.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Spiritual Thinking
June 9, 1928

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.