This has been a difficult little article series for me to write because it’s stretched me so much. These are big concepts, and the implications of chasing them out are big. Though the writing hasn’t come easy, part 3 has finally arrived. [See Part 1 and Part 2]. So far I’ve given sort of a thumbnail proposal about how we ought to look at the pictures we find in Genesis 1-2 and in Revelation 21-22 (the first two and last two chapters of the Bible, the story of the world). It’s a difficult endeavor to imagine a world which depended upon sinless people to tend and care for it. And imagining a re-created world surging with the glory of God which affords redeemed humanity the dignity of a purposeful, active eternity is even more difficult. Continue reading
On either side of the river is the tree of life … and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
In part 1 of The Project, I looked at the “project-ness” of Creation, the somewhat alarming notion that the world was meant to go somewhere before the Fall. God made a world full of potential – a transitory kosmos full of exploding stars and volatile elements, untamed earth and nameless creatures. He set capable stewards in a sacred turf with the charge to master it and then expand. Imagine where that could have gone. But the stewards strayed from their glorious task and onto the path of “Self Divorced from God.” That path has thenceforth fractured humanity, taking what was the noble man and yielding, as one author put it, “two pitiable horrors, a corpse and a ghost.” Continue reading
Take about 10 seconds, close your eyes, and think about the Garden of Eden.
What all did you think about? A lot of greenery, and maybe some exotic animals? A few rivers if you remember your Genesis story well? How long did you last before picturing a snake, a tree, and an apple? If you’re like me, your imagination usually telescopes past that indeterminate period of time between Creation and The Fall. Any attempts at imagining the garden are lost pretty quickly in thoughts of not having much to do and being naked. Though I’m sure the world as God created it was much better than I can imagine, until recently I had never really tried to imagine it. What was going on? God created the world and said “good,” but what was that world like, before the fall? Continue reading