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Written by: gfackre
6/22/2009 8:50 AM

The life that lasts forever includes the redemption of a fallen nature. We have to do in the end with "a new heaven and a new earth" (Rev. 21:1) as well as a New Jerusalem and new saints. The latter live in a new kingdom settled on a new earth under a new heaven. In such a redeemed creation the struggle for survival will be over, for "the wolf will live with the lamb and the leopard will lie down with the kid" (Isa 11:6). The animosity between human nature and cosmic nature is finished for "the nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adders den" (11:18).

While the Western tradition had a place for the natural dimension of everlasting life, certainly so in its teaching on the resurrection of the body, it was the Easter Church that gave it special accent: "The whole of nature is destined for glory....The divine Spirit which in its fulness is poured out from Christ on all who believe in him, whose spirits are thereby kindled anew, does not only fill their bodies with new life, making them transparent for what is heavenly, but transforms nature and the cosmos too." [ D. Staniloe ORTHODOX DOGMATIK
, pp. 294, 368 quoted in Juergen Moltmann, THE COMING OF GOD: CHRISTIAN ESCHATOLOGY, trans. Margaret Kohl (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996), p. 273]
For all its limitations (the missing Lutheran stress on the annihilation of the old or the Calvinist transformative theme, matters to which Moltmann points, the Orthodox reminder cannot be forgotten. In contemporary terms, in "the Shalom that shall be , there is no fellowship with Christ that is not fellowship with the earth ." [Moltmann, THE COMING OF GOD, p. 279.] Biblically stated, how can there be solace for a "groaning" creation (Rom 8:22), one that "waits with eager longing" (6:19) for freedom from "its bondage to decay" (8:21) if there is no cosmic life that last forever rather than a destiny of death?

Copyright ©2004 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

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Re: Nature's Destiny

Astonishing! I am very glad that I dropped here today. I like your blog very much and I hope to read more of your writing as I think it is worth it!
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By James on   3/17/2010 4:36 AM

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Nice to get your comment. i am ashamed not to have kept up on this, and will try harder, maybe changing the topic a bit.

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By james on   4/9/2010 1:24 PM

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Dear Maurice On,

Thank you for your comment. As noted above, I've neglected this blog for some months and hope to get back to it. It does reflect what I've written elsewhere in a series of "Christian Story" volumes published by Eerdmans press.The doctrines are summarized in a work by Dorothy and Gabriel Fackre, "Christian Basics."

--Gabriel Fackre

By Gabriel Fackre on   4/26/2010 10:40 AM

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Well, I just realized that "on" is not a name but indicates the date "on" which the comment is made. Is my face red :)

--Gabe Fackre

By Gabriel Fackre on   4/26/2010 10:42 AM

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James,

I would welcome any feedback.

--Gabe Fackre

By Gabriel Fackre on   4/28/2010 9:09 PM

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Jane,

A belated "thank you" for your comment. I've not been on this blog for awhile, others things requiring attention.

--Gabe

By Gabriel Fackre on   9/17/2010 9:52 AM

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By Credit en ligne on   10/4/2010 11:40 AM

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How Tiffany, Abercrombie and Fitch and wedding dresses got into this blog is interesting. Will they be on hand at the Last Day ? :)

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By Gabriel Fackre on   11/18/2010 8:19 AM

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Hi, Gabe, thank you for directing me to your blog. I am very interested in what you are writing about here and will try to keep up with your blog. Jane

By Jane Ellingwood on   6/22/2009 4:33 PM

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The "system" sends me an e-mail every time a comment appears. Rare is the comment! So thanks for yours, Jane. Rick Floyd says, however, that our CC blogs are being watched by various groups here and in GB. Anyway, it's a good discipline to keep them up if one is working on a subject, regardless of the audience.
GF

By gfackre on   6/22/2009 7:08 PM

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Jane,

Thanks for the response. I've fallen far behind in 2009 on this blog, the reason being having to deal with a counter-productive med--getting off of it too quickly with unhappy consequences, back on it and now withdrawing much more slowly. So far so good. Incidentally, I missed, because of it, participation in a panel at you old school, Hartford Seminary. I hope to get back to "Hope" again in 2010.

Thanks again for your leadership in the Confessing Christ discussion of THE SHACK. I look forward to its beginning Monday next.
--Gabe

P.S. Merci too, to "Mary On" whose comment I just saw for the first time.

By gfackre on   1/22/2010 2:03 PM

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Peter On,

Nice to get your comment. i am ashamed not to have kept up on this, and will try harder, maybe changing the topic a bit.

GF

By gfackre on   2/24/2010 4:35 PM
   
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