No-one goes to heaven

hope that got your attention.

Thing is, it's right. Well, almost. Anyway, Tim Adeney posts this little missive:


That’s because creation itself is saved.

We’ll be here, the world will be here.

Sure it will have been renewed, sure it will be (largely) unrecognizeable, but it will still be this world, and it will be here – not there.

Like when you get a ‘new’ kitchen. There may be almost no trace of the old, but the new still inhabits the same space, and still has some continuity to the old.

He is, of course, entirely correct.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

The future promise is one of a renewed Creation and heaven come down to earth. So we may very well speak of “going to heaven” but it is far more accurate to speak of heaven coming to us.


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  1. Alison

    Heaven is for Platonists.
    I’m hanging out for new creation!

  2. Chris Ashton

    umm…quick question…what if we die before the “day of the Lord”?

  3. Lionel Windsor

    Hi David, FYI I posted a comment on Tim’s post.

  4. David Ould

    that’s the right sentiment, I think, Lionel.

    Chris, we go to the place of the dead (Hades) from which we are raised on the last day.

    I’m off for 48 hours but that should get the pulse racing.

  5. Chris Ashton

    Okay, I’ll bite.

    paradeiso = hades? (sorry, it won’t allow Greek characters)

    What about the souls of the martyrs (slain for the word of God)? Are they under the altar in Hades?

  6. Jake Belder

    Preach it, brother! We’ve got to weed out the dualism that plagues Christianity. God’s redemption extends as far as sin is found, to the ends of the earth.

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