A Brief History of Time.

In the beginning, there was God. He created the universe and placed humankind on this blue speck of dust in which we call home. We named this home, “earth”. There was no need for a term for God. We all knew who He is. Then we sinned.

In a miraculous turn of events on the plains of Babylonia, languages were formed. Along with it, culture and identity. Confusion sets in, but life must go on. We were dispersed to the ends of the earth, each with our newfound identity. In this vast open land we once called home, things turned foreign.

We knew God, but there’s no way of addressing Him amongst ourselves. We knew our neighbour, but there’s no way of communication. So we closed up into clusters of families, organised ourselves and built nations. Things were hard, but we moved on with it.

We were confused. Why must God do this? We had a common history. We had our story. We were united. We were one. Why must God do this? We begin looking for ways to document it. We need a way to say, “God did this.” How should we go about doing this? Should we start from His attributes? Should we start from His power? We recall the story of the beginning, about how our forefathers said the earth was made. Was it dark? Was it chaotic? Let’s call Him Khaos. Let’s call Him Allah. Let’s call Him Shang Di (上帝). Let’s call it Ahura Mazda. Let’s call Him Purusha. Let’s call Him God.

We turn to worship Him. But with a change in identity, are we even worthy of worship? We questioned ourselves and sought the counsel of our peers. We took what was left of our memory and execute it in our respective land. We burn sacrifices to the Lord in a manner that felt so distant in our vanishing memory.

Though our hearts ache for the damage God had inflicted upon us, we know, deep down, that we need to worship. Only God is worthy of all worship. That’s what we did. We built the statues and altars that enabled worship, and we offered what we thought would please God. We prayed with all our heart that we’d one day be restored to the glory days; that the world would be one, that we would be with God.

We wrote our deepest yearnings in text. We wrote of creation, of identity, and of the after-life. We wrote about God and the manifestations of God. We wrote about life and all the wonders of the universe. We compiled them and taught them to our younger generations. Generations after generations, the stories were passed on. Deep down in our consciousness, we yearn for the love we once had. But on the outward, we’ve lost sight of life. Is this all there is? We incorporated education and political structures. Along with these came legalism. Soon, we forgot what all these were about. We forgot the reason why we were doing all these. We forgot God.

Millenniums passed. Legal structures of worship are now called religion. Religions are woven deep into the cultural fabric of society. The colours of societies are now what we call diversity. And diversity is what we wanted to preserve.

But with the age of enlightenment ever-evolving, we are beginning to understand that there is no need for legal structures of religion. And even if there are, they are targetted on the here-and-now [1]. They will be gone over time when newer discoveries were made. And even then, just as how Frederick Engels has predicted way ahead of his time, there will come a time when there is a “stage of historical development which makes all existing religions superfluous and brings about their disappearance” [2].

This is as far as what academia can predict. But as deep as the wisdom of academia, the deepest yearnings of the heart remains the same. No matter what happens in future, we will never be able to change our past.

It’d sound absurd to look at the future so as to describe one’s past. It’d sound crazy to look at our common destination to determine our place of origin. But in all truth, this is the harsh truth of reality when we venture beyond the seen and into the infinite; where birth and death are on a single plane, where the destination is our origin, and God is the central figure of existence.

There will come one day where we will all look inward into the depths of our hearts. We will see the common desire we all share; to be in union with the One who made us all. We will all come to the Maker, as diverse as our cultural history has made us, worshipping and serving He who gave us life eternal. Only then, will we return to the glory we once had; to be with the Maker for all eternity.

Footnotes:

[1] – Modern religions have been formed in response to new discoveries in modernity. Ie: Transhumanism, Witness of Climatology, and Scientology.

[2] – The Principles of Communism, by Frederick Engels. Retrieved at: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm

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2 Comments

  1. This is an interesting article, but why does it suggest that God has not communicated with us his name and his direction?

    Exodus 3:13–15
    Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
    14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
    15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation. (NIV84)

    This name expanded here, I AM WHO I AM, appears almost 6,000 times in the Holy Bible and is usually rendered as LORD. God has laid out a plan that he devised to bring us into harmony with him, which is also explained in great detail.
    But, you say, who can understand the words of the Bible? Is the Creator of our bodies and of all living things, and of everything this is from one end of the heavens to the other, a simpleton? Do you think that he will bend down to become like you so that you can understand him? He has directed you to walk in his ways and become like him so that in this way you can grow to know him. If you do not know God, personally, then it is your fault, not his.

    This article tears down historical methods of community with God but does not first suggest what should replace them. Should we not listen to those that actually knew the LORD and lived with him for three and a half years. And thereby congregate in the same way? I too hate religion, but I see the need for community with and in the LORD. I want to see the abandonment of doctrine and the embracing of the Living Word, that is the walking with God in selflessness. This is something that the people’s of the East understand far better than the people’s of the West. In the West, it is me me me, but in the East it is us. With God, it is God and us; the God that IS, the I AM, The LORD and us with him.

    Why did God create the languages and so divide humanity? It was because humanity was uniting under the banner of selfish interest, and not is selfless godliness. Man desires to be on top, but the way to enlightenment is on the bottom. Jesus Christ did not come to force people to follow him, but as one that showed man the way through selfless harmony with the spiritual way of God. Jesus Christ is not the head of a religion, but rather he is one with God, as you should be too. We should not formalize ways of becoming like God, but rather we should gather together and support one another in our living way of becoming like God, that is, in our selfless support of his children. As I lift you up, I am lifted up within my heart. My body is below, but my soul rises to be with God.

    This article is interesting, but perhaps it should have been called A Brief History of Time—Part One.

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  2. Thank you Mark for the comment…! Thank you for actively responding to my posts too. 😊

    I think I’d need to apologise for not being clear in my writings. I was looking at Genesis 1-11 from creation till the Tower of Babel. I purposefully not include the rest of the salvation story because there is no way of knowing if people in the nations that were formed at the Babel incident have a grasp of the heart of God.

    Let’s just assume they do know God since they were scattered, but they do not know His heart. Through the formation of language, culture were formed. Stories of this God who creates and scatters the people will likewise propagate itself in other culture groups.

    More research in this field is needed if we want to point people to the Truth of the gospel using their cultural background. But I think it’s possible! 🙂

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