Thus both with creatures other than man and man, their creation to a human eye would look like a blink of an eye event. Plants are not there, you blink, and exuberance of plant life covers the whole earth, etc.
So St. Basil in Hexamaeron says: Therefore for us to understand that the world is created by Divine will not in time, it is said: in the beginning God made. To expound upon this ancient exegetes, expressing the idea more clearly, said: instantaneously God made, that is abruptly and instantly.
Bl. Agustin (do not know the source) said: God creates with the time, not in time.
Likewise St. John of Damascus in the Exact Exposition of Faith (book 2) states: Further, body and soul were formed at one and the same time, not first the one and then the other, as Origen so senselessly supposes.
in the Lord,
The glorious appearing of the Lord, the general judgment, and the end of the natural world are events which will take place almost simultaneously. They are described primarily in the 24th and 25th chap*ters of Matthew, in the third chapter of II Peter, and in the last pages of Revelation
, which is first and foremost the book of eschatology.
Time began at some point, and accordingly at some point time will cease. For, as we are taught by the God-enlightened St. John of Damascus, after the general resurrection and the universal judgment, time will no longer be counted in days and nights; there will be “rather one unending day”. “Time will not exist then, but creation will be maintained” under a different form of course. “The created world can exist even in a state of ‘not in time’. Creation began, but will not cease to be!” The soul and the angelic beings have a beginning, but do not have an end, as St. Gregory of Nazianzos theologizes. Consequently, as Fr. Georges Florovsky writes, “it is possible to liken creation to a geometrically stretched band of rays or semi-direct lines, which from their source or at least from their initial point extend into infinity”. The world was created ex nihilo
with the omnipotent word of God, “Let there be” [Gen. 1:3]. It began at some point. But “the word of God goes out, but does not pass away”. The God-inspired Apostle affirmed that “the word of the Lord abides forever” [I Pet. 1:25], and the life to which this word of God regenerates us is one eternal life. Moreover, God “created all things that they might exist” [Wis. Sol. 1:14]. “He did not create them for ‘a while’, but for always. With His creative word God brought creation into being for always”. Also, “there is no plan to recall this creative decision” of the omnipotent God. Consequently, “the world has a contingent beginning, but not an end. There is grace in the irrevocable will of God". (An Orthodox Survival Guide for the 21st Century)
Under the Lord's protection, Victor
Edited by Father David Moser, 06 March 2008 - 04:52 AM.