â€œIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1 All things were made by it, and without it was made nothing that was made. 3 In it was life, and that life was the light of men. 4 And that light shines in the wilderness, and the darkness comprehends it not. 5 He (the Word Jesus Christ) was in the world, and the world was made by him; and the world knew him not.â€ (John 1) There is one God Who exists outside the entire space-time universe. He is Creator of heaven and earth, infinite Spirit, light, love, and truth; eternal, almighty, infallible in all things, including His omniscience and knowledge of all future events. He is unchangeable, all wise, just, and holy. He is the triune God Who eternally exists in one essence and three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The one God Who exists outside of time and creation called all things into existence ex nihilo:
"For God there was and is no step-by-step process. He did not...first decide to create the spirits (then) humans (and then) on further reflection, to become a man....We have to think in this way. But that is our limitation. Creation did not proceed like Topsy. It was one decision englobing spirits...and God-made man. And it was a decision not made at any given point in time but in eternity." (Hostage to the Devil, Malachi Martin, p. 414)
Life is a gift from the living God Who exists outside of the space-time universe. And for man who is created in the spiritual image of the living God, time is a cognitive ability that distinguishes man's superior mode of consciousness from the cognitive habits of other creatures. It is a temporal awareness unique to man.
In a landmark study of perception among living species, Kenneth Boulding argues that man's perceptive "image" of time is unique to man:
"Our image of time...goes far beyond that of the most intelligent of the lower animals, mainly because of our capacity for language and for record. It is doubtful whether the time image of the lower animals ever goes much beyond the immediate moment...The human being, on the other hand, is firmly located in a temporal process. He has an image of the past which extends back far beyond the limits of his own life and experience, and he likewise has an image of the future....Because we are aware of time, we are also aware of cause and effect, of continuity and succession, of cycles and repetion....We not only know, but we know that we know..." (The Interruption of Eternity: Modern Gnosticism and the Origins of the New Religious Consciousness, Carl A. Raschke, p. 4)
Time then is a cognitive ability allowing man, who is firmly located in a temporal process, to be aware of that process. Thus as Malachi Martin observed, because man is located in a temporal process, he must think and speak in terms of one word after another word. Man must think in this way---but that is our limitation. It is not the limitation of the living God Who exists in eternity outside of the space-time universe.
Evolutionary cosmogonies are both the antithesis of creation ex nihilo and the primary doctrine of both naturalistic Eastern pantheism and Western scientific materialism and its' primary doctrine, Darwinism.
With evolutionary cosmogonies, life is held to have emerged over time from nonlife, which may be primordial matter, chemicals, or prakriti matter. Limitless amounts of time---millions and billions of years--- are absolutely essential to evolutionary cosmogonies as made clear by evolutionist George Wald. Writing on The Origin of Life in Scientific American (August, 1954, p. 48) Wald confesses that time is in fact "the hero of the plot,"
â€œThe time with which we have to deal is of the order of two billion years. What we regard as impossible on the basis of human experience is meaningless there. Given so much time, the â€˜impossibleâ€™ becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain. One has only to wait; time itself performs the miracles.â€
Over on the knowledgetreeproject website we're provided the following timeline detailing how with vast periods of time the â€˜impossibleâ€™ becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain:"
"...the entire age of the universe...has recently been established as very close to 13,700 million years. Notice, however, that the timeline is given in seconds. This may seem like a rather small increment for discussing the history of the universe. But it really isn't, because most of the events in this chapter take place within the first second. The reason I've extended the timeline to the current age of the universe, showing its age in seconds, is to highlight how very tiny some of the increments of time are that we will discuss. As the timeline shows, the universe is currently about 1017 seconds old. Yet scientists today are fairly confident about what happened back to the first 10-15 (.000000000000001) second or so, and they can tell a plausible story about what happened back to 10-43 of the first second - the smallest increment of time known according to current theories..."
(The Timescale of Creation, http://www.knowledgetreeproject.org/beginningweb.htm )
Note that â€˜time,â€™ which is a cognitive ability of man, acts as a magical energy empowered with the creative powers of the living God. With limitless amounts of this magic the â€˜impossible becomes possible,â€™ meaning that life will spontaneously emerge from dead-matter. In â€œscientificâ€ terms this magic work is called abiogenesis by magicians and their self-deluded followers.
No matter how superior man's mode of consciousness is, the fact remains that he is a finite being firmly located within the temporal process and is therefore limited to thinking in terms of one thing after another. So how can finite, limited man presume to know of events that occurred before he was on the scene? There is only one way---magic thinking.
In his book "Utopia: The Perennial Heresy," Catholic philosopher and historian Thomas Molnar (1910-2010) notes that the two recurring themes of modern humanist ideologies and theisms are naturalistic monism and evolutionary conceptions. At the root of these two themes there is:
"... defiance of God, pride unlimited, a yearning for enormous power and the assumption of divine attributes with a view to manipulating and shaping mankind's fate." (p. 227)
If only the space-time universe exists then we have naturalism, which brings God down into time and creation. And this is precisely what modern evolutionary humanist ideologies and theisms such as rationalism, positivism, progressivism, evolutionary theism, evolutionary Christianity, and Open Theism do---bring God down into time and creation. Speaking of the inroads of the Liberal Church into the American church at the beginning of the last century, J. Gresham Machen said:
"But one attribute of God is absolutely fundamental in the Bible; one attribute is absolutely necessary in order to render intelligible all the rest. That attribute is the awful transcendence of God. From beginning to end the Bible is concerned to set forth the awful gulf that separates the creature from the Creator. It is true, indeed, that according to the Bible God is immanent in the world. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without Him. But He is immanent in the world not because He is identified with the world, but because He is the free Creator and upholder of it. Between the creature and the Creator a great gulf is fixed." (cited by Dr. Peter Jones, The Paganization of Biblical Studies)
Naturalism, whether of the materialist or pantheist type erases the fixed gulf between the living Creator and man while evolutionary conceptions make Him part of the temporal process, but more importantly, of the magicians' cognitive processes.
In his book, "God and the Knowledge of Reality," Thomas Molnar describes the union of man's cognitive processes with the mind of God as the "magic way to perfect knowledge." Unio mentalis, the mental union or marriage between the magician's finite, limited mind and the infinite, perfect mind of God is an alchemical process, a form of Hermetic magic, the sine qua non of ancient Egyptian Pharoahs and their sorcerers, magus priests. The mythical Hermes, the most important figure of the magic tradition, teaches his son Tat about the divinity of man's intellect:
"The intellect, O Tat, is drawn from the very substance of God. In men, this intellect is God, and so some men are gods and their humanity is near to the divinity...If man makes right use of (God's gifts), he differs in no way from the immortals." (p. 78, God and the Knowledge of Reality)
Through unio mentalis, man is magically transformed into god:
"... evolution of man into superman â€” was always the purpose of the ancient Mysteries, and the real purpose of modern Masonry is not the social and charitable purposes to which so much attention is paid, but the expediting of the spiritual evolution of those who aspire to perfect their own nature and transform it into a more god-like quality. And this is a definite science, a royal art, which it is possible for each of us to put into practice..." (The Meaning of Masonry, W.L. Wilmhurst, p. 47)
And so naturalism and evolutionary conceptions are revealed as the Primordial Heresy--the royal science of unio mentalis--being as God.