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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tom Wright on Heaven & Our Role in Creation

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Blogger Matt M said...

What the New Testament really says is God wants you to be a renewed human being helping him to renew his creation, and his resurrection was the opening bell. And when he returns to fulfil the plan, you won't be going up there to him, he'll be coming down here.

How do the Christians here see this fitting with their concepts of Hell? If it's separation from God (which, and please correct me if I'm wrong, seems to the general concensus around here) and God will be here on Earth, where are all the disbelievers going to be?

9:11 AM

 
Blogger Alex said...

If God will one day be all in all, what's left?

If our ultimate orientation is "not God", but rather, self. What would become of us when God is all in all?

If God is ultimate reality and sin is essentially choosing ourselves over God (or self over love) what are we left with? I would argue that to choose self over God is essentially to choose nothing at all. And we will get what we asked for. But I think scripture tells us that we really will be "there" to get it. In other words we are not annihilated in the sense that we cease all existence.

Keep in mind there are all sorts of views on this within Christendom. I personally tend towards a view that argues that those who reject God for self essentially curve in on themselves.

9:31 AM

 
Blogger Matt M said...

I personally tend towards a view that argues that those who reject God for self essentially curve in on themselves.

I'm not quite sure what that means.

Sounds painful.

9:55 AM

 
Blogger Alex said...

I'm sure it probably is.

10:21 AM

 

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