“Understanding the Doctrine of God’s Time” by C. Robert Line examines the concept of how man’s time is different from God’s time and why that matters.
It explores issues such as whether God’s omniscience precludes man’s agency, how long the creation took, how God listens to and answers all of our prayers at the same time, and how people can use time wisely.
The author explores these and other questions by referencing scriptures, the words of modern-day prophets and by sharing his well-thought-out opinions. He offers no definitive answers because there are none. “Perhaps we are given temporal glimpses of eternal realities that we might cope in our limited, linear existence,” Line writes.
The book is divided into three main sections titled “‘All Is As One Day With God:’ Reflections on God’s Time”; “‘God’s Timing:’ Reflections on Time in Our Temporal Existence”; and “‘From Everlasting to Everlasting:’ Reflections on Eternity.”
In the final chapter, Line discusses and gives examples of how "God’s prophets, particularly in the Book of Mormon, intentionally used a beautiful, powerful, enlightening style of writing to reinforce the doctrine that his work is, indeed, one eternal round.”
Although this chapter contains some beautiful examples of chiasm found in the Book of Mormon, the explanations and proofs used to identify chiasmus make it difficult to find a direct connection with how the subject relates to the concept that God’s time is one eternal round.
Overall, the book offers a faith-filled, often thought-provoking exploration of a difficult but relevant — and timely — subject.
For the past 23 years, Line has been a full-time religious educator for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and holds a doctorate from Purdue University in sociology of religion. He and his family live in Cedar Hills, Utah.
Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street in Springville, Utah. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at dramaticdimensions.com.