Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More on Time Traveler's Wife...

Spoiler alert....don't read it if you don't want to know it!

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You were warned!

There seems to be this running theme in the book that you simply don't have a choice...you can't change what will happen or what happened in the past. I'd like to explore this philosophy from a Christian perspective.

I was thinking about this on my drive in to work this morning. The Bible clearly states that God has given us free choice. (And people...I know "Time Traveler's Wife" is a work of fiction...no need to berate me about comparing fiction to God...I like to apply Him in all areas of my life, OK?)

So if God has given us free choice...why does it appear in the book that you don't really have a choice? Well...God is the God of the past, present and future. The great "I AM", right? And he lives in each time period simultaneously...he knows what we did, what we are doing and what we WILL do.

With that said...what if time is just a big tapestry? And poor Henry is that crazy string that is running everywhere...and you aren't quite sure what to do with it? So there are a set of choices...and we make them. So we DO have a choice...it isn't that Clair and Henry don't have the ability to make a choice...it is just that in their circumstance it appears that way because they aren't sequential...exactly. How else can God say He is ever-present, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end...and STILL give us our free choice but know what choices we are going to make?

I am not implying that Henry is God. I'm just saying he has a similar sort of time issue...

Make sense? Probably not...well, not to you. I get it. ;-) So umm...if you get it you might run screaming...because getting "Miriam Logic" is the first sign of lunacy.

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