Why won’t God allow us to change our past?
The apparent reason we cannot visit the past is time. Wouldn’t you agree? But if we think critically about time, isn’t time something relatively new in the history of man? Genesis 1:27 says God created man, that is you and I, in his own image and blessed the new man and women. Adam and Eve were created very good, and being in God’s own likeness as eternal beings for death had not yet come to the world (Genesis 1:31).
So if humanity is designed in God’s own image, and therefore created outside of the boundaries of time, being eternal, why then can we change the future, but not the past? Wouldn’t it be better if we could find our mistakes and change them so that we remained in compliance with God’s Will all of the time? I don’t know about you, but I often pray for the opportunity to fix the many things in my past that I did wrong.
The Past – Fiction or Fact?
Science fiction writers tackled this question to the point of making the entire discussion mundane. Some say that if time travel were possible, we would already know because it would be a recorded historical event in the past to have met someone from the future. (of course, this argument fails since tomorrow may be the day we meet them) Carroll, writing in 2010, says that scientists don’t know enough about the laws of physics to determine if it is possible to travel in a circular time event.
In reality, God did show us that Einstein was correct, time is relative, and that God does allow us to go back if it meets his need (Isaiah 38:8). God has the power to control the progression or regression of time, but he also explained to us in His Word why He does not, as a practice, allow us to revert in time. The past, God tells us, does not define who we are. God says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past” (Isaiah 43:18, NIV). God wants you to know that for those who love Jesus, he has completely forgotten what you did wrong (Hebrews 8:12).
We are a new creation, Paul wrote to the church in Corinth (2 Corinthians 5:17). If we are a new creation, there is no past for which God would exercise his power to change. But, and every bit as necessary, God will not forget your suffering. God promises to reward you for staying faithful while in pain and suffering, and keeping your eyes on the prize and preparing for the day he returns (1 Peter 5:10, Philippians 3:14). And this Christmas season, never forget someone misses you.