“Before” Time?

When I was at church this morning, one of the worship songs we sang had a verse that said “Before time began” or something along those lines.

That got me thinking: how does it make sense to speak of “before” time?  What was “before” time?  There was no time for there to be a before!  Let’s say this moment is t5, we can go back to t4, t3, t2, t1, and then t0, but there’s nothing before that, since before would imply time.

Of course, we typically know what someone means when he says “before” time.  Unless he just isn’t thinking about it, a person typically doesn’t mean to say that there’s time before time when he says this.  The Bible says it as well:

“. . . the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:25)

Even if there is no “before” time, we know what he means.

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