Originally Posted by Mr Spock
Am I mistaken to say that in relativity time is treated as a dimension as space is, only another kind (almost like an inverse)? That is how I learned it. But really, I think time with be vindicated. While i know that intuition is certainly fallible, I do not think it can be ignored altogether. We know intuitively that time exists in a real way. There is no evidence against it, nor do I think there can be. I think the idea that time might not exist simply arises from exaggerating some peculiar mathematical possibilities and too literally realizing possible implications.
Either way, I agree that it makes no impact on determinism and foreknowledge. I am a strict determinist, as I said before.
That's quite a leap. It seems incredibly wide open to interpretation. Heavens and earth could mean the solar system or the earth's atmosphere or the entire universe or whatever else.
I disagree. I think the evidence favors the merism view, that "heavens and earth" is an instance where the two extreme bounds of creation are meant to include everything in between. When viewed in light of other usage of the term, I think it makes sense. Other places where "heavens" and "earth" are used together and seem to be the entirety of creation include Gen. 2:1 (where the phrase is expanded with "and everything in them"); Deut. 10:14; Judg. 5:4; 1 Chr. 16:31; Neh. 9:6; Ps. 89:11; Jer. 4:23, 23:24. A quick Google search reveals that this is the majority view on Genesis 1:1 across even varying interpretations of the chapter at large.