1. Becky says:

    An interesting point of view, and one that is glossed over by a lot of people. As for me, I honestly don’t bother wracking my brain about the specifics of the New Heaven, New Earth, Second Coming, etc. I long as I know its going to happen, and we’ll be in a glorious relationship with God forever, I don’t need to know the details. I’ll just enjoy it when it happens.

    I doubt we’ll be disappointed, whatever God has in mind.

  2. Tim Frankovich says:

    Well said, Stephen. I agree wholeheartedly.

  3. Though I actually think there is a stronger biblical case to be made that we never actually go to heaven (instead residing in Paradise until the resurrection), I agree with the gist of this excellent post. We put far too much emphasis on the waiting place and not enough on the destination. The Reunion and Renewal are the things that keep me going in the darkest hours.

    Well said, indeed.

  4. bainespal says:

    Good words.

    For those who may doubt the promises of Christ, who grieve over this groaning world and the sin and suffering in their lives

    I can’t maintain the confidence or the assurance to be an honestly practicing evangelical believer, but the Resurrection is one theological teaching that I cherish and that I feel confident in. Resurrection — the New Earth — is almost the only theological concept that is real to me.

    Salvation as an on-off state of existence doesn’t seem real to me. The Holy Spirit doesn’t. Worship rarely does. Sometimes I doubt those things. But I have only doubt the resurrection during my very darkest moments. Sin is obviously real; everything is obviously wrong. For wrongness to exist, rightness must also exist. God is Justice, and every wrong must be made right. All things must be born again.

    I think that belief in the New Heavens and the New Earth really has been the only thing preventing me from losing my faith and from falling into suicidal despair, at a few points during the past few years. And I first heard about this doctrine here on Speculative Faith.

    [Cue sappy “only God could do this….”, “…such a blessing”, “…not a coincidence” phrases.]

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