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If this is right, does that mean that everything we consider as a past state no longer exists – so there is no past?
Saying that the past "exists" or "is" is an oxymoron.
Semantically, it can be no other way. Terms like "exists" and "is" are present-tense. For the past, we have to say "existed" or "was". Saying that the past "exists" or "is" is an oxymoron.
Everything that has existed exists and will ever exist is now,
…..and it is merely the commencement or cessation of things in the present
He said:“Yet I say with confidence that I know that if nothing passed away, there would be no past time;and if nothing were still coming, there would be no future time;and if there were nothing at all, there would be no present time.”
Things move. Once they have moved they no longer occupy the place where they were. It's that simple.
who said that ?
Quote from: Jeffrey Things move. Once they have moved they no longer occupy the place where they were. It's that simple. That's true, but when a thing has moved, the place where it was still exists and, discounting extraneous factors, it can move back to that place . However, it cannot, as far as we know, return to the same time/place, so in that sense, time is relevant.