Heaven or Not?

This is just a taste of what Tom Wright promotes as a more biblical view of life after “life after death”. You can pick up his book Surprised by Hope to get the full picture of what he is talking about. After spending some time studying I Cor 15, with a little help from some other of Wright’s work, I must admit I think he has it right.

The differences between the viewpoint of Wright and American evangelicals (whoever they are) are a bit overdrawn for the sake of TV journalism.

The video did not embed correctly. (Thanks for the heads up Brad.) Click here to view:  NT Wright on Heaven


6 thoughts on “Heaven or Not?

  1. Thanks for the heads up on the post Brad. Don’t you have to get up early? You workin’ man!

    Yes, Rustin…your boy is. I only wish I could be half as articulate, half the time.

  2. I have often wondered how we got sidetracked into thinking that we would spend eternity in Heaven. Revelation seems to be pretty clear (if that isn’t an oxymoron, “clarity in the book of Revelation”) that God is going to create a new Earth and restore it to what it was meant to be from the beginning.

  3. I don’t mean to go too hard on the “Left Behind” guys but I do feel like that series of books popularized a point of view, and unintentionally made a caricature of it, to the point that it is hard for conservative Christians to think clearly about the “end times”, heaven, or, more importantly the Kingdom of God.

    There are very theologically sound, conservative, and deeply spiritual Christians who endorse a dispensational, pre-millenial point of view. However, I think it is important to weigh the theological options we have when contemplating the end times. Otherwise, as Wright notes, we end up forfeiting our stewardship of the world as we seek to get raptured from it.

    Escapism is not a Christian virtue. Perseverance is. Understanding God’s Kingdom as already here and yet to be completely fulfilled offers us an opportunity to to think of these issues from a more thoroughly biblical perspective.

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