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''For the news magazine, see [[Time magazine]].''
 
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'''Time''' is an abstract concept of measuring the sequence of events within the universe.  [[Christianity]] introduced the concept of [[eternity]], whereby time has no meaning and either stops or does not exist.  Evil tends to focus on brief periods of time, as in [[9/11]], while good tends to last longer, as in the [[Resurrection]].
 
'''Time''' is an abstract concept of measuring the sequence of events within the universe.  [[Christianity]] introduced the concept of [[eternity]], whereby time has no meaning and either stops or does not exist.  Evil tends to focus on brief periods of time, as in [[9/11]], while good tends to last longer, as in the [[Resurrection]].
  

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For the news magazine, see Time magazine.

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Time is an abstract concept of measuring the sequence of events within the universe. Christianity introduced the concept of eternity, whereby time has no meaning and either stops or does not exist. Evil tends to focus on brief periods of time, as in 9/11, while good tends to last longer, as in the Resurrection.

Economics makes an effort to place values on time, and to compare the value of the future to the present.

The Bible has 599 references to "time", roughly evenly distributed in the Old Testament and New Testament.

Time is the subject of several of the most enigmatic parables, such as the parable of the vineyard workers.[1] The workers measured their value and expectation for compensation in terms of time, but the master compensates the workers independent of time. The parable teaches the power of God to forgive the person who repents late in life as easily as the person who finds God as a young man. But the parable also provides insight on the timelessness of God in contrast with the time-obsessed nature of man.

The "arrow of time" in physics describes how disorder in nature increases with time, which is an asymmetric or directional aspect of time. This suggests a connection between time and entropy. Space lacks this type of asymmetry.

Assumptions about time underlie the Theory of Relativity. That theory characterizes time as an additional dimension beyond space, and denies the possibility of events occurring at the same time in two difference points in space.

In legal proceedings, court rules specify how time is calculated for determining deadlines. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, for example, has a separate Rule 6 entitled "Time". As of 2008 it specifies that holidays and weekends are included in calculating time periods for deadlines unless the period "prescribed or allowed is less than 11 days." When the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday or day in which the office of the clerk is inaccessible due to "weather or other conditions," then the deadline is the next day not aforementioned.

Time is sometimes drawn or personified as Old Father Time, an old man with a long beard and a sickle.

Time is a valuable resource, and each person has the responsibility not to squander the gift of time by engaging in unproductive activities such as watching television, senseless bickering or frequenting worthless websites on the internet, and instead to use their time industriously for the betterment of society and the greater glory of God. Conservative values can be a helpful aid to achieving this objective.

References

  1. Matt 20:1-16.