The New Creation
Revelation 22: 3
“And there will be no more curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will serve him … “
There are some pastors and teachers who have told me that it does not matter what we believe about Genesis. It doesn’t matter if there were truly six 24-hour days, or millions of years. It doesn’t matter if there was death before Adam’s sin. It doesn’t matter if Adam was not a real person, but an allegory.
It’s often about people telling me that they believe the Bible to be true. But somehow my literal “interpretation” offends them – although I do not give an interpretation of Genesis; I just read what it says and believe it.
The same pastors will not have the same problem with the New Heavens and the New Earth that God will someday provide. Whatever your eschatology, few people expect the New Heavens and New Earth to emerge after millions of years of evolution. They expect God to make these places probably in an instant.
They believe that the idea of a world without death in Genesis is a myth. However, they quote Revelation 21: 4 that there will be no more death. How can they hope for a new place without death literally if the immortal paradise at the beginning of time was just a myth?
Revelation 22: 3 tells us that in the world to come there will be no more curse. These shepherds hope this is literally true, but they do not believe in an earthly paradise in Genesis 1, in which there was no curse until Adam sinned.
But all of these issues fall into place when we decide to believe God’s Word.
Prayer: Lord God, we hope that the world will come where there will be no more tears, no more deaths, no more curses, because the effects of Adam’s sin will be undone. We praise your Name for that hope. Amen.
Ref: Taylor, PF (2007), The Six Days of Genesis chapter 1.
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