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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

before eternity


i watched tank girl last nite, as i sometimes do.
i do enjoy thinking about post-apocalyptic realities (i use this term because i am referring to a genre, a reality that is created and you are invited to join - think blade runner, ghost in the shell, 1984).
do you think we will get a chance at eternity on earth?
do you think we will get an attempt at utopia, to get things right, will we get the chance to redeem ourselves and have a go at fixing the planet before Christ returns?
is it realistic to expect that we will get to fix diseases, conquer planets, get rid of the 'evil' gene?
or are we headed towards decay?
will we have apocalypse on earth, with the johnny mnemonic/ghost in the shell/do androids dream of electric sheep (blade runner)/z is for zachariah/metropolis type world, or will any apocalype of that type be the apocalypse?
if so, should we speed that up? should we bring on the nukes? we're never going to have utopia, so why bother trying?!

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Blogger byron said...

do you think we will get a chance at eternity on earth?
Not just a chance: I believe we'll be living on the (re)new(ed) earth post-resurrection. I'm about to run a series on this soon...

will we get the chance to redeem ourselves
Too late isn't it? Hasn't someone beaten us to it? :-)

is it realistic to expect that we will get to fix diseases, conquer planets, get rid of the 'evil' gene?
or are we headed towards decay?

Are these necessarily alternatives? Mightn't we keep progressing in medical advances and space technology (though whether 'conquering' planets is what we should be doing is a very vexed question in a post-colonial world. As for the science, coming from a position of almost total ignorance, I seriously doubt we'll get outside our solar system. Happy to be proved wrong), while also decaying in other areas? I don't think we'll escape our bondage to decay until the liberation of all of creation at the resurrection (Rom 8.18-23), though we might get better at putting off some forms of decay (while accelerating others?).

if so, should we speed that up? should we bring on the nukes?
Of course not. Even were the way to global resurrection through global death, woe to the one who brings it! Check out this great quote on the topic.

we're never going to have utopia, so why bother trying?
I don't think we should be trying for utopia, for it is the Spirit's role to perfect everything. Our task is far more modest: to restrain evil and commend good, while awaiting the resurrection. Small liberations now are but future echoes of this great hope. We should take every opportunities to do good (Gal 6), but realising that in a world still in bondage to decay every utopian dream is a blueprint for a nightmare.

Guess I had a lot to say. Sorry.

9:09 pm  
Blogger Drew said...

Our task is far more modest

Reminds me of "make it your ambition to lead a quiet life"...

are we headed towards decay? ... should we speed that up?

It's tricky, but I think we should try and avoid inversions of ideas that we disagree with. The point would be to think outside of the dichotomy (ie. progress/decay); what does the dichotomy not encompass? It doesn't seem to allow for work-for-change now, in sight of a hope outside of ourselves, that is, it puts all our hope eggs in the human dis/ability basket.

2:35 pm  

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