Post by strangewind on Jan 7, 2008 15:33:09 GMT -5
Oooh! Yes, we are back to the start, but with a new wrinkle: how does time travel affect the realm of the state?
In other words, an ideal state is a sphere of influence that includes the authority of God, the righteous exercise of the king/leader/representative, and the righteous submission of the people. When the proverbial "Man Out Of Time" lands in a version of this sphere that is otherwise foreign to him, to whom does he answer?
After all, when Moses sent spies into the Promised Land, were they not still his subjects? Though they inhabited (briefly) territory that had other rulers, they were not subject to those rulers and the Lord, but to Moses and to the Lord.
When a time traveller "occupies" new territory, who is his authority? What if the authority of the new territory is more righteous than the time from whence he's travelled?
What happens, for instance, to the man sent by Hitler's SS to a time forward to implement strategies potentially benefiting the Reich? How might his indoctrinated self struggle with his duty to an Empire that No Longer Exists?
I guess this is why God doesn't generally let us see into the future - which of course is what you would be doing when you went back to the past (sort of). We'd make a hash of it. Since the fall, us doing what genuinely seems best to us so often turns out wrong.
Definitely sharing the gospel with Hitler would be better than killing him. Or at least deflecting him in some other way. You can't kill someone for what they might do. Because, assuming you could change the future (an assumption needed if you can kill Hitler) it is not set in stone that he will do it.
Time travel is so confusing.
Last Edit: Aug 23, 2008 18:00:23 GMT -5 by kirstymca