As before, I’ll show here an excerpt from the complete show notes.
Epic Resurrection series
- Some verses may apply to a literal millennial kingdom. But why stop there?
- Again, we’re going to stay out of the “end times” debates. What’s after that?
- Why start by emphasizing New Earth’s “normalcy”? Because miracles start here.
- All other concessions (materialism, freedom to explore) are in episode 12.
We will explore:
- Scripture promises the future, literal renewal (not replacement) of creation.
- Let’s start talking about the “normal world,” and only then speculate further.
- Always stay Scriptural and focused on King Jesus, architect of the Afterworld.
Why New Earth isn’t a non-Earth
- 2 Peter 3:10’s reference to judgement fire purifies, not obliterates Earth.
- Much (accidental) ill has done by old translation phrase “burned up.”
- Prophecies in OT and NT emphasize continuity: natural wonders and cultures!
- “New Earth” does not mean “non-Earth,” just as “new body” doesn’t mean “non-body.”
- “Well, we can’t know so it’s best not to imagine.” Scripture never offers such warnings.
- “This world is not my home.” If world means age: true. If world means planet: false!
- If God wanted to replace his creation with an alt-universe, he’d have said so.
What it’s good to dream of New Earth
- Like with resurrection, it’s good to practice biblical imagination of New Earth!
- This biblical imagination “lights up” normal life on this Earth.
- Instead of seeing our world as disposable, we start to see it as God’s.
- Instead of seeing our world as boring, we start to see more everyday delights.
- “The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1). That fact does not “expire”!
- Any sin that lasts forever (such as greed, lust, or selfishness) would end up destroying a person.
- Only eternal happiness in holy, adventurous service to Jesus makes sense for eternity.
- Jesus Christ is the center of the afterlife, and the Afterworld that comes after that.
- Everything we do will be worship for him, not just creation, but “subcreation.”
Next on Fantastical Truth
If you bring back God’s creation forever, what about human creations, such as art, books, music, stories, poems, websites, and podcasts? Will these get burned up in that purifying fire? In our next episode, to finish this series, we will link this journey with your journey as a Christian fantastical fiction fan.
Meanwhile, join these fantastic events
This Thursday, April 21, I’ll host a webcast for Realm Makers.
- Realm Makers hosts several such gatherings, anticipating the annual conference in July. (No, this has not been cancelled.)
- Mine is called How Did You First Find Fantastic Fiction?, inspired by listener and reader feedback in this podcast episode.
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- Lorehaven reviews The Line Between: “Its road-trip quest drives fast through mad territory and never once feels bogged down in snowbanks.”
- We had explored pandemic fiction and other hard issues in this podcast episode.