Christ and time

  1. Lemma
  2. Χριστός καί χρόνος
  3. English
  4. Koutalis, Vangelis
  5. Orthodox Anthropology - Orthodox theological tradition and practice > Cult and spirituality
  6. 28-11-2018
  7. Mantzaridis, Georgios [Author]. Christ and time
  8. Ο Ποιμήν
  9. Incarnation - Time - christian approach to history - Christian anthropology
    1. <p>Mantzaridis, G. [Μαντζαρίδης, Γ.] (2013). Χριστός καί χρόνος. <em>Ὁ</em> <em>Ποιμήν</em>, <em>78</em>, 1-4.</p>
    1. In this article, the concept of time, and the implications of the Incarnation on the Christian conception of time, are briefly discussed. According to the author, the coming of the timeless God into the world marks a break in historical time, inaugurating a qualitatively new era. The event of the Incarnation corresponds to a fulfillment of time, and this fulfillment should be regarded as the accomplishment of a process of dialogue and struggle between God and the human beings which had paved the way for the appearance of God as a human being into the world.

      The Incarnation heralds the end of the period of human bondage to decay and the beginning of the period of the adoption of human beings by God. The purpose of the existence, not only of the human beings, but of the whole creation, is restored. The course of the world is overthrown, and both a new world and a new time are opened up. This new time furnishes the time of everyday life with the content and the prospect that the time of mythology had tried in vain to present. The invisible is united with the visible, and the Created is united with the Uncreated. The place of humanity in the world is changed, as well as the way in which human beings are related to time. Time is renovated in order to serve henceforth the incorruptibility and the eternity.