Eternality of God?

Many people today hold to this idea that the God of Israel is an eternal being. That is, they believe that God has always existed outside of time⁠—but that is not really the Biblical teaching.
Psalm 102:24 I said, “O my God, Do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years [are] throughout all generations. (cf. Daniel 7:9)
The "outside of time" concept does not fit here. As can be seen in this passage, God has years ("Your years") in the Hebraic view. That describes a God who exists within time (years).
Job 36:26 “Behold, God [is] great, and we do not know [Him;] Nor can the number of His years [be] discovered.
In opposition to Christian thinking, this reveals that there was a number to God's years (in Hebraic belief), and that mankind could not discover it. This (in itself) does not demand that there is no number to his years, but instead, that men ("we") can not find it out. Notice, Jeremiah 33:22 says "the host of heaven cannot be numbered," but Isaiah 40:26 says that God "brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name." The Hebraic view was that God created "the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that [is] in them" (Exodus 20:11), and as far as how long He has existed, "the number of his years" cannot be "discovered" (Job 36:26). 

Moreover, usually passages get mistranslated when it comes to this topic. You may notice verses like Psalm 90:2 which say things like "from everlasting to everlasting, You [are] God." Yet this is more literally, "from eon unto eon, You [are] God" (CLV). There is much evidence in the language itself that the people of old did not believe in the "eternity outside of time" concept. Micah 5:2, which gets translated as "from everlasting" is actually "from days of eonian" (מִימֵ֥י עוֹלָֽם). Notice, days, not eternity. A good example is in Daniel 12:3 (LXX) where the Greek says "εις τους αιωνας και ετι " (i.e. "into the eons and further", not into eternity and further, since there would be no further than forever).

Lastly, the argument of God being described as immortal (e.g. 1 Timothy 1:17) may be brought up. Yet immortality—which means deathlessis also described as something that can be "put on" in 1 Corinthians 15:53-43. Did God put on immortality at some point? Psalm 102:27 says that God's "years will have no end," but the context is "throughout all generations" (Psalm 102:24). It does not expand out beyond or after these generations here. Does God have an expiration date beyond these generations (Psalm 72:5)? Notice, "all generations" (i.e., "generation after generation" CLV) is used with "for the eon" in Psalm 33:1. Yet "eons" can come to an end (e.g. 1 Corinthians 10:11). Thus, we can see (via this information) that Christianity, once again proves itself to not be Biblical. 

- Robert Anthony


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