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Why do people die and go to heaven if the God is going to create a new heaven and new earth? If “new earth” isn’t for humans, what else would it be for? What if God never have intended us to live in heaven, and our great-great-great-great-grandparents got it all wrong?
Whoa, Daniel . . . you’re jumping right off a cliff into heresy! I hear you, and I understand why this may be your initial reaction. I want to congratulate you and encourage you now:
We Need Discernment
It’s good that you don’t automatically jump when a random person says “Jump”. It’s good that you trust in your traditions more than a stranger’s ideas. But traditions are started by people who are just doing their best with the knowledge and perspective they have at the time. Traditions and doctrines have many purposes, most of which are meant to unite us under a common belief and a common approach to life and God.
Traditions aren’t Scripture, though, so we need to practice the discipline of challenging man-made traditions and doctrines as needed in order to hold ourselves accountable to Truth. The Bereans were a group of people praised in the New Testament because they carefully and diligently considered the teachings offered to them and weighed them against Scripture.
I want to invite you to do the same. If I have one goal in life, it’s to look at all the things we claim to believe and what type of life they imply we should be living – and where we are not seeing or living the life of love, authority, power, and (gulp) suffering promised in the New Testament, to return to both our traditions and interpretations and demand that they account for why our world doesn’t look like it should.
Because if we believe what we say we believe, and we don’t have the life of the New Testament believers, then either we don’t believe or we are believing the wrong thing. We should be like plumbers working backwards to find the leak.
I hinted at my worldview back in 2016 when I wrote the article about what permaculture has to do with the rapture. I never fleshed out the rest, and that’s why I’m writing this today. It’s going to take some time to unpack the slew of questions that arise from a few simple gaps in our modern worldview.
Am I Biased? Absolutely!
Many of the books and resources I’m going to pull from at least hint at the conclusions I suspect I’ll hold to. But I’m going to dialog with them and demand they answer my questions and respond to my objections.
This is the kind of weekly reading I expect you’ll pull up on a quiet morning with a cup of coffee or late at night when the family has gone to bed. We’re not conquering the world of business or saving souls. This is for people, like me, who are on the hunt for something more real than the version of Christianity we currently live with.
It all starts with one question, and we’ll go from there:
Is Heaven Our Future Home, Or is Earth?
The answer to this question matters a LOT. Maybe more than you’ve realized. Because how we understand our future determines how we live our present. This one question literally shapes the day-to-day activities of every believer (and seeker).
If you want to journey with me, you have homework! Not required, obviously, but if you want to get the most out of this search, you’ll read along with me.
We’re starting with a book written by Paul Marshall entitled, Heaven Is Not My Home: Living in the Now of God’s Creation. If you order it through the link I get a small commission from Amazon, which helps me pay for hosting and other website-related expenses. It won’t cost you anything extra, so win-win!
Note: Sadly, Paul Marshall has not made a Kindle or Audible version available at this time. The only choices are hardcover or paperback. Maybe he will if he sees this!
I’ll be sitting down to write my first thoughts on the book soon, and I hope you’ll subscribe to get my weekly newsletter so you can keep up with the search.
Thank you for your time. I appreciate you spending some of it with me.
– Daniel Dessinger