posted on Oct, 13 2006 @ 09:12 PM
Well, d, I think we discussed this in another thread, but it seems like, if there is an end to the universe, that it includs the destruction of earth,
and the lake of fire, the beast, etc, permanently, leaving only the realm of god himself intact.
You might even be able to say that this is the culmination of a longer term process.
So with the creation of the world, there is sin, brought in by man, or by the devil as the satan, however one prefers, so the whole of existence,
while 'good enough', is a mix of good and evil stuff. Then comes along the flood, destroying the excessive wickedness of man. Then perhaps the
covenants with isreal, rendering the world more redeemable and good. Then the big event, the passion and crucifixtion and the opening of a way to save
people from sin personally. Then the apocaylpse, where evil is defeated, BUT, locked up in the Pit. And then, after the reign of jesus on earth, its
ALL snuffed away, and all that is left is Heaven. There is no more evil in all of existence at all after that.
I agree, this is not the normal perception of it, and I am not convinced of it myself. BUt it does seem a relatively valid and intersting way to look
at it all.
I mean, I suppose that the major objection might be that if that happens, then the unsaved aren't punished in hell forever.
But, i mean, god damn, thats a weird universe no? I mean, I can understand, in concept at least, creating heaven, earth, and hell, and punishing the
wicked and unsaved in hell while the earth is around. And then when evil is defeated, at the apocalypse/armageddon, seperating all evil from the
goodly world entirely, by locking it up.
But then, when the universe is destroyed, why only destroy earth and the material world, why leave the pit, filled with all those people
who've been locked up since armageddon and before, around permentantly, even after the final destruction of the earth?
God is triumphant over evil in the battle of armageddon, why is Existence going to perpetually have this 'segregated evil sector' to it??
This brings up another question relevant to this. If we think of the apocalypse as similar to the pagan creation myths, and thus the formation of, in
a sense, a newly perfected world, how do people behave in those times? Is there religion like the religion of adam, talking directly to god? Or does
god (the father) not 'walk amoung' them in the kingdom (but jesus does)?
It seems like this might imply that there will be a further way of worship, and perhaps even further revelations from god in that perfected
paradisical kingdom leading up to the ultimate destruction of matter and supreme and sole existence of the heavenly realm. So perhaps it is possible
that, while we think that hell exists forever, that god only intends to keep it around for as long as he keeps the earth around, and will infact then
annihilate it all.
Thoughts? Not trying to preach something here, and I doubt that this is really new anyway.