Why doesn’t God use time travel?

Why doesn’t God use time travel?

You’ve made a mistake. Again. A big one. But what can you do about it? Nothing. You’ll just have to wear the consequences. *Sigh*. If only you could go back in time, so you could get it right instead.

If life was a movie, we would be able to do just that. Time travel. All we would need to be able to do-over anything, is to get an electrical surge (The Terminator), a “time-turner” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), a hot tub (Hot Tub Time Machine) or any suitable conduit between now and then. Simple.

Right now, X-Men: Days of Future Past is dominating cinemas. In case the title didn’t trip your “time travel” alarm, the premise of this superhero’s sequel should: Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) must soldier on to prevent the wiping out of mutant humans — by returning to the past to save the future.

For the umpteenth time on screen, the only solution to a problem is the rewriting of history. A tempting option, as we’ve all lived through stuff we wished we hadn’t. But, in the off-screen world, no-one has been able to use the time-travel solution. Even though we know it just takes a flux-capacitated car (Back To The Future) or a snowy night’s sleep (Groundhog Day).

God has placed all kinds of limitations upon what he has created. You can’t become an ice-cream. I can’t become a laptop. Scooting back and forwards through time is another boundary. Why would God do that? Sure, movies demonstrate the perils of time travel, but how helpful would it be? Like that guy in romantic comedy About Time, we could modestly use it to make our lives better, right?

Apart from movies also showing how people abuse time travel (Time Bandits to Looper), let’s lift our sights higher. Forget about us. Why doesn’t God, the original Time Lord, use time travel? Doesn’t he have the divine technology to go back and prevent bad stuff?

Like when the first humans defied God, and evil entered the world. Couldn’t God have used a heavenly time machine, and got Adam and Eve to have another go?

Or how about when God came to earth, in the person of Jesus? Why didn’t Jesus use his almighty power to find a convenient wormhole, go back, and avoid unfair crucifixion?

Movies employ time travel, but God never has. Which tells us something about how God created existence to unfold, in a particular direction. Even if it involves things we, like God, would prefer to not see happen. Such as his beloved son, Jesus, dying on a cross.

Movies would urge God to use time travel to try out infinite options. But God sent his willing son to die and rise again. God provided no other option to the problem of all our problems. Evidently, that solution is God’s only solution.

Just as Jesus lived life going forward, we benefit from not being able to go backwards in time. Unlike Jesus, we’re not perfect. Mercifully, God can use the bad in our lives to refine us. Draw us closer to him and Jesus, in reliance and trust. Like it or not, we learn from experiencing mistakes, misfortune, pain and tragedy. As 1 Peter 1 clearly indicates, faith in God’s eternal solution is strengthened by sticking with God. No matter what.

Ben McEachen



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4 thoughts on “Why doesn’t God use time travel?”

  1. If we could go back and change things we would be on a different path.That path could have lead you to dying young and unsaved.If you are alive and following the Lord,the old path I took in the past,with happiness or sorrow,lead me right here where I am now…alive and healthy.

    1. He does time travel.
      That is perhaps the initial most significant aspect of the mystery of God revealed in Revelation as the Little Bible is opened and the old creation of confusion collapses in light of the 3rd Day & Hour of Christ’s return: in The Beginning.

  2. God didn’t use time travel because 1. God is time travel, this is what lets him tell prophets about the future. God didn’t use it in the garden of Eden because the Devil was also in the garden, using it as his own. We can’t turn ourselves into inanimate objects because it is self serving, and can’t bring anybody else closer to Him. Jesus didn’t use a wormhole because we’d all be doomed if he did, and thank Him so much that it was his will to suffer on the cross for me. But, the Bible says that I can do all things through Christ and his righteousness, if I believe, do not doubt, and do not fear. If I believe time travel is a hoax or a myth, then it is…

  3. God lives outside of time – I believe he can pull time like an individual can pull books from shelves. Beside that, in order for good to exist – evil also must exist. I believe when God allowed free will to run its path, evil was bound to fester since imperfection can’t live up to perfection. Satan – the most beautiful angel, was bound to become jealous – eventually leading to making fools out of humanity.

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