"Barry, I am not criticising that you have a particular belief.
I just don't like it when you represent it as if this is mainline protestant belief.
Here is why I do NOT believe that time will not exist in eternity.
It has to do with the relationship of time to matter.
The Bible teaches that we will have new bodies in eternity. We will not be merely spiritual beings. we will be physical.
And earth (albeit the NEW EARTH) will exist throughout eternity.
That earth is presented to us in very real physical terms.
So, although that existence will be endless, and very different, it will still be marked off in sequence of events, thus the existence of time."
I believe it IS a mainstream CHRISTIAN belief. It just isn't discussed much, certainly not amoung non-theologians."
Responses to above: Bodies in eternity?? Those bodies will be like Christ's who's body passed through walls. And it apparently did not have blood, since He told Thomas to thrust his hand into His hands and side. Bodies with holes don't hold blood. Obviously something other than just physical.
The new earth?? If it's like the old earth, it will wear out. So is it physical?? Not like we understand.
God created time. Nothing inside something can create that thing.
Although the concept of being "outside" time is very difficult to understand, I think it makes so many things easier to understand. God's omniscience for one. How does God know past, present and future?? He is outside time, and sees it all.