C. S. Lewis, among others, argued that God was outside of time. Some have argued that God exists entirely within time, and that he must exist within time because there can be no meaningful concept of a being without fixed temporality. However, Lewis and others argued that if God was a temporal being, then God would be beholden to and controlled by temporality, which would make him something other than God, and thus Lewis argued that God must have a sort of timeless existence. Aquinas put forth the same idea in somewhat more philosophical terminology by arguing that God, if he was God, must exist in a true eternity which had no beginning, end, or progression. Man has all three: we begin at birth and progress through life to our end at death. Angels have two of the three, because though their existence is apparently indefinite, they had a clear beginning when they were created, and thus mark a progression from that beginning. God, however, has none of the three: he had no beginning and he will have no end, and thus he cannot progress from anything or to anything. Thus, for God all of eternity must be simultaneous, which can explain how God could know the future and how the distant past could be as yesterday for him. However, others have argued that such an existence is nonsensical, that any being that interacts with creation must interact with it in some form of meaningful progression, otherwise how could God distinguish between creation, crucifixion, and judgment. They argue that though God is not ‘beholden’ to time (i.e. trapped within it’s dauntless progress), he must meaningfully progress from point to point in order to distinguish them in a meaningful way. So this is my question for you today: assuming that a perfect, monotheistic God exists, how would such a being interact with time? I’ve given you three meaningful interpretations to work with, but if you have other ideas feel free to present your own.
As always, write me a story of 1000 words that presents and defends your answer to the question.