Such simple words yet so often so very misunderstood. There is another way to look at the concept expressed by Peter and Paul (above). You might say that Paul, going for ‘quantity’, embodies the past and the future. The long lost memories, the dreams of things yet to come. Peter, however, knows the truth. He knows that immortality is the quintessence of a single instant of eternity.
It is not easy to reconcile eternity with NOW. Yet, in a strange way they are synonymous. When you touch infinity, time stops. It is not that it is limited to a single instant. It is that the single instant embodies all eternity. There is no ‘was’ or ‘will be’. There is only IS.
And yet this enigmatic IS exists in infinite potential and in endless becoming. It sounds like an oxymoron but when you experience it, it will become real.
While the future, even though it already exists in its potential guise, due to its infinite possible configurations is unknowable, the moment of Truth encompasses all possible eternities. Perhaps that is why we, the Human species have called it the Divine. Though it cannot be embraced by our mind, it can be experienced by our consciousness, which has no limitations.
Because our consciousness is the individualization of the omnipresent Eternal. In consciousness we are inseparable from that that IS. There are ephemeral moments in our lives of indescribable joy, filling us with euphoria that sometimes lingers on for minutes; then dissipates into the illusion of our material life. Such moments are beyond anything offered by any religion.
As we can see, such ‘isness’ cannot be put into words. Many have tried—few, if any, succeeded. We have the Songs of Solomon, Isaiah’s verses: “For unto us a child is born”, Jalaluddin Rumi’s euphoric aspirations… they come close, but…
We cannot define the indefinable without limiting it.
Our mind can handle the concept of NOW only as pertaining to the past—albeit, to billions of years. I attempted to do so in my novel NOW—Being and Becoming. Try it. You might like it. (If you are not yet a ‘Kindlite’, it is also available in paperback).