It has recently come to my attention (by more than one person) that my last post ended in a confusing manner. I was surprised to hear this since none of the comments reflected this but I confess, it is worded a bit awkwardly. I appreciate the feedback . I want feedback on whether or not something makes sense. This will, in the end, make me a better communicator. Which will enable to to more effectively share my faith.
If nothing else is clear about the nature of this world it is that something went terribly wrong. If you subscribe to the belief that this world was designed by a designer, than you have to wonder what the designer’s original intent was. We know that life is sprinkled with both pleasure and pain. So the question becomes, did God design this world for pleasure and something happened which introduced pain, or did God design this world for pain and something happened which introduced pleasure? Either way we have a lot of explaining to do. Either we live in a good world gone bad or we live in a bad world gone good. The naturalist should have a difficult time explaining pleasure in a world in which violence and survival of the fittest is the only natural virtue. The bible says that God created this world and it was good. So God’s intention is to have us live forever on this good planet. That is how He began this endeavor and that is exactly how it will end. God intends for us to live forever on this planet and with our bodies… only without all the yucky stuff.
It is interesting that in Revelation 21 that we don’t see us ascending up to heaven. Instead, what we see is the restored Earth descending down to us (sans yucky stuff) . That means that we remain on this planet. Our eternal home is not some place up in the clouds. It is right here. Same geography, same look and feel, same homey feeling… just without blemish.
So that’s what I mean when I say that I want to live forever on this Earth. The fact of the matter is we are going to do that. We will be immortal. Immortality is kind of hip right now. I can’t go anywhere without seeing somebody holding a Twilight book. The cool thing is, immortality is not make believe. It is real. It’s like Twilight without the blood diet and without all the giddy teenagers. Immortality on this Earth is what everyone wants. We have a certain longing for home. God created us with that longing. It’s a longing for something homey but better than home. It’s a longing for Eden restored.
So in short- what I long for is what we all long for. We have a certain longing for home. We want immortality but we want it here- not in some far off place up in the sky somewhere. Faith in Christ is the only thing which can offer Immortality on Earth. Human enterprise cannot promise it despite our best efforts. This is exactly how the story of the Bible ends. We get to come back home with the people we love and we get to do so in our own body. . . just without the yucky stuff.
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