New PDF release: A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical

By J. Richard Middleton

ISBN-10: 0801048680

ISBN-13: 9780801048685

In recent times, a growing number of Christians have come to understand the Bible's educating that the last word blessed wish for the believer isn't an otherworldly heaven; in its place, it's 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 state. Drawing at the complete sweep of the biblical narrative, J. Richard Middleton unpacks key outdated testomony and New testomony texts to make a case for the hot earth because the applicable Christian desire. He indicates its moral and ecclesial implications, exploring the adaptation a holistic eschatology could make for dwelling in a damaged international.

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25 But if Tozer is right, it is not just the preacher who is lying, but also the worshipers who blithely sing hymns of escape to an ethereal heaven, when in fact the Bible teaches no such thing. Where, then, did the idea of “going to heaven” come from? And how did this otherworldly destiny displace the biblical teaching of the renewal of the earth and end up dominating popular Christian eschatology? ╯“We an’ Dem,” by Bob Marley, released on the Uprising album by Bob Marley and the Wailers (Island Records, 1980); “Pass It On,” by Bob Marley, released on the Burnin’ album by The Wailers (Island Records, 1973).

The Bible is therefore interested in the cultural development of the earth by ordinary human beings, as if the entire human race takes over the job of kings in the ancient world. €17), by someone who is not a king. €22). The human calling, as pictured in the Old Testament, is thus developmental, requiring innovation, vision, and a marshaling of communal resources to transform the earthly environment. 2). 18 That is precisely the human task. This developmental understanding of the creative process is quite distinct from the ancient Near Eastern view of history, in which the ideal was to maintain, without change, the social order that the gods had instituted in the beginning.

It is not clear from Scripture that God intended his presence to fill creation automatically. Genesis 1:2 tells us that at the beginning the Spirit of God was hovering over creation, as if God was getting ready to breathe his presence into the world. Yet by the end of the Genesis creation account, God has not filled the world with his Spirit or presence, even though there is no sin at that point. If we read canonically, this Spirit filling is delayed until the garden narrative of Genesis 2. There, having molded the human being from the dust, God breathes his breath into this inanimate creature, which results in the creature becoming a living being.

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