By J. Richard Middleton
Lately, progressively more Christians have come to understand the Bible's educating that the last word blessed wish for the believer isn't an otherworldly heaven; as a substitute, it really is full-bodied participation in a brand new heaven and a brand new earth introduced into fullness in the course of the coming of God's nation. Drawing at the complete sweep of the biblical narrative, J. Richard Middleton unpacks key outdated testomony and New testomony texts to make a case for the hot earth because the acceptable Christian wish. He indicates its moral and ecclesial implications, exploring the variation a holistic eschatology could make for residing in a damaged international.
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These curses stand in tension with the primordial “blessings” that God granted creatures at creation (1:22, 28; 2:3). As a result of the initial transgression, humans are exiled from the garden and prevented access to the tree of life (3:23–24). Â€2). 34 It is crucial to recognize that humans do not, by their sin, cease being cultural creatures. Â€17) and the first examples of livestock herding, musical instruments, and metal tools (vv. Â€11). Human violence then escalates in GenesisÂ€4 with the account of Lamech.
33 Whereas at least some Christian theologians may have balked at Plato’s notion that the rational soul or mind was immortal and the highest part of the person (which verged on the deification of reason), Plotinus made room for something beyond, and higher than, reason. He proposed that above (and in a certain sense, deeper within) the rational mind or soul (on both the personal and cosmic levels) could be found the intuitive, suprarational mind or Nous (later identified by some Christian theologians with Spirit or the Logos), and above (and within) that was the One, the unitary fullness and depth of being from which all reality flowed (some Christians identified this with the Father or the mystery of the Godhead).
Walsh, Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 1995). â•¯I understand the motivation of those who would summarize the plot of the biblical story as creation-fall-redemption-consummation, since this indicates that the climax of the story does not simply return to the primitive state of the beginning (that is, there is a certain discontinuity between creation and eschaton). I fully agree with this point (as will become clear in this chapter and the chapters that follow).
A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology by J. Richard Middleton