Sunday, June 01, 2008

Thoughts on eternity

Yesterday's service at UWA was amazing! We had a guest speaker Ps Emmanuel Twagirimana who was a real life survivor from the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Caught in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Ps Emmanuel was struck by shrapnel from a bomb that hit his neighbour's house. He died as a result of his untreated wounds. Ps Emmanuel was taken to heaven and hell during his death experience and was miraculously brought back to life. He began preaching the message of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Listen to Ps Emmanuel Twagirimana online at FGA Perth website | Part 1 | Part 2 |

It was an amazing time with such a great sense of eternity in that place.

As I was worshipping, just simply trying to grasp the full meaning of eternity was just so immense. Eternity. Life on earth almost seems meaningless against the vastness of eternity.

And then I thought... hey, one of the things we would be doing would be singing praises to the LORD throughout eternity. And as glorious as it seems, I started to wonder how many new tunes we would be able to sing... because a few weeks ago, hubby and I tried to work out what the total number of tunes could be ever written.

Based on the following assumptions:

Total of 7 major notes and 5 sharp notes in 1 octave
Assume a total of 8 octaves
(That would work out to be 96 notes)

And assume that each tune would comprise of combination of ten (10) notes

How many different combinations of tunes could be written?

Answer: 66 QUINTILLION!!! That's 66 and EIGHTEEN ZEROES!!!
(One trillion already has 12 zeroes)

Imagine 66,000,000,000,000,000,000.

If 100 tunes were written each day, it would still take 1.8 quadrillion (15 zeroes) YEARS to churn out all those tunes. Bearing in mind we're assuming that each tune only has ten notes.

As big as that number seems, it is still a finite number.

But then I thought, Hey! There's no way I could think of that in finite terms. There could thousands or millions of hidden frequencies and tones yet to be revealed. Our human ears can only detect frequencies between to 20 Hz to 20,000Hz. So our definition of octaves, notes and scales is already caveated by our human mental and physical capabilities.

So although I am unable to see or comprehend the fullness of eternity. Just knowing that I am already standing at the brink of it is just so so awesome.

How glorious is that!

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