A few months ago, I read a novel by a friend that was built around the concept of time travel. At one point, the characters in this story consider the possibility to travelling back in time to the point when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. They discussed various possible outcomes from travelling back in time and whether or not it would even be possible to change what happened.
The story, and the situation involved, was very interesting. Being a science fiction nut since middle school, I loved the story, the technology, and the ideas involved. I began to think about time travel. If I could travel back in time, where would I go? (Or, should that be, “When would I go?”)
As the characters in the story discussed, would I go back to the time of Adam and Eve? Would I go back further, perhaps to the time that God created the heavens and the earth? (Or, perhaps I should wait until at least after God creates dry land…) Would I go back to see Noah, or Abraham, or Moses? (The Red Sea crossing would be pretty exciting!) What about some of the kings or prophets? Would I want to see David at his best or at his worst?
I mean, if I wanted to be really spiritual, I suppose I should want to go back to see Jesus… but at what point in his life? At his birth? Would I want to see some of his miracles? Could I bear witnessing the cross? Could I bear witnessing the resurrection? Would I embarrass myself by waving as he disappears out of sight during his ascension? Or, maybe I would travel to some point during the life of Jesus that is not recorded in the gospel.
Then again, there are some very interesting times recorded in Acts. I could travel back to learn exactly what those strange tongues were at Pentecost. Or, would I want to hear Peter or Paul proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ? Or, as I have said before, would I choose to attend one of the early meetings of the church?
There are so many possibilities… but, I wonder, what would I gain by travelling back in time? The characters in the story wondered if they could remove sin and evil from the world if they travelled back in time to stop Adam and Eve from partaking of the forbidden fruit. But, what if I did not change anything, but simply observed. What would be added? If I believed because I “saw” Jesus, would that be better than believing by faith? If I obeyed because I “heard” him, would that be better than obeying Scripture and the Spirit?
So, I ask you… if you could travel back in time (not just to biblical times, but any time), when would you go, and why? Also, if we could “see” the events described in Scripture, how would that affect our faith… positively or negatively? (By the way, this is supposed to be a fun exercise that makes us think.)