the secular view of a disposable world

A similar image is that Earth itself is disposable. According to some popular views, Earth will continue to deteriorate until its final destruction at the hands of God. Before that day of wrath, however, the faithful will be caught up in the rapture to escape the final conflagration. Earth itself is destined for destruction, as if God would slough off creation for some spiritual reality alone. These negative religious attitudes toward Earth reinforce the secular view of a disposable world, a society in which everything can be used and thrown away-somewhere. However, none of these views accounts for the biblical expectation that Jesus is returning-here! Nor does it account for the world-affirming vision in the book of Revelation of a renewed heaven and a renewed Earth here-where God will dwell! and Earth is but a stopover on the road to eternity. After death, we leave our bodies, and our souls go to heaven. The body is disposable, like some il-begotten plastic bottle. However, this view ignores the biblical emphasis on our life together in this world and the ultimate affirmation of the resurrection of the body”


— The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary, Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and H. Paul Santmire, Editors (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011) , p. 31.

 

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