Understanding the Doctrine of God's Time

by C. Robert Line

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The nature of time in God’s sphere greatly differs from the nature of time we mortals experience here on earth. And the more we come to understand God’s time, the more we come to understand God and our relationship to Him. As Elder Neal A. Maxwell perceptively observed, “Time is clearly not our natural dimension. . . . Whereas the bird is at home in the air, we are clearly not at home in time—because we belong to eternity.” In this insightful book, you will explore the concept of time as it relates to the Creation, the Atonement, and the Resurrection. Using scripture, quotes from General Authorities and prophets, and powerful personal insights, author C. Robert Line helps clarify the concepts of time, clearly identifying what is speculation and what is doctrine.

This book examines three fascinating aspects of time: First, the concept of God’s time and its impact on agency and other vital doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Second, the nature and importance of time as it relates to us in our temporal existence. And third, doctrines and principles that clearly demonstrate that God’s course is truly “one eternal round.” Gaining insight about God’s time in relation to ours allows us to better understand His omniscience and our agency and how they go hand in hand. Even a limited understanding of these principles gives us a greater appreciation for God and the vastness of His creations and leaves us in awe of His knowledge and power.

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About the Author

C. Robert Line

C. Robert Line has worked full-time with religious education for the past twenty-five years. In addition to teaching with the BYU Religious Education faculty, he has been a presenter at BYU Education Week, Women's Conference, Especially for Youth, and has worked for CES programs as an instructor and director for Institutes of Religion. Brother Line has both a bachelors and masters degree from BYU and also holds a Doctoral degree from Purdue University in Sociology of Religion. He has authored various books and articles and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Century Magazine. Brother Line has served in the Church as a bishop, stake high councilor, elders quorum president, and various other callings. He played on the BYU Men's Basketball team from 1984 to 1985. He and his wife, Tamera Wright Line, have five children and four grandchildren. Their family resides in Cedar Hills, Utah.

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