New Heaven and New Earth

N.T. Wright, Anglican Bishop and Theologian on the idea that life after death is actually not a very important concept in Christianity contra popular misconceptions. The real importance is the transformation and deification of the entire Kosmos–a new heaven and new earth.
clipped from www.time.com

Wright: No. Our culture is very interested in life after death, but the New Testament is much more interested in what I’ve called the life after life after death — in the ultimate resurrection into the new heavens and the new Earth. Jesus’ resurrection marks the beginning of a restoration that he will complete upon his return. Part of this will be the resurrection of all the dead, who will “awake,” be embodied and participate in the renewal. John Polkinghorne, a physicist and a priest, has put it this way: “God will download our software onto his hardware until the time he gives us new hardware to run the software again for ourselves.” That gets to two things nicely: that the period after death is a period when we are in God’s presence but not active in our own bodies, and also that the more important transformation will be when we are again embodied and administering Christ’s kingdom.

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Published in: on February 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Creepy, if you ask me…. 🙂


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