This Friday (September 25, 2015) I will be giving a talk, based on my eschatology book A New Heaven and a New Earth, at Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY.
The talk is entitled “To Love What God Loves: Understanding the Cosmic Scope of Redemption.” I will address the Bible’s vision of God’s intent to redeem creation and the implications of this holistic eschatology for our lives today.
The talk is co-sponsored by the Asian-American Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship at Cornell together with Chesterton House, a innovative Christian study center on the Cornell campus.
The talk will be presented in the large group meeting of the Asian-American IVCF chapter, which begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC), second floor auditorium.
Prior to the talk there will be a Q&A where I will be interviewed by Karl Johnson, the director of Chesterton House, at 5:00 p.m. in the Robert Purcell Community Center, with pizza provided for attendees.
Further details about the talk can be found at here (including a map, with directions).
I would say that I believe in instantaneous resurrection. Time and eternity are not the same. Even before the Second Coming of Jesus, we will cross into eternity at death and find ourselves remade. II Corinthians 5:1-10 and Colossians 3:1-4 seem to indicate that to me. We will be revealed at the Second Advent and not resurrected, since the dead in Christ will have already received their new bodies. I feel that C.S. Lewis was indicating that belief at the Stable Door in The Last Battle. The children who died in the train wreck already had their new bodies; they were already remade. The earth was still in its current form, even though the New Narnia known to us as Heaven or the New Earth exists in eternity. This is just something to think about. God bless you in your endeavors. Also, I wish to mention that your book looks good. Perhaps I can get it at Christmas.
Thanks for your comment, Charles.
Your view is very close to mine. However, since I am speaking from my temporal point of view, I continue to speak of the resurrection is yet future.
But I agree that it makes sense of Scripture to say that the dead in Christ do not experience any time-lag between death and resurrection.
Because of the difference in temporal experiences, I probably wouldn’t say (with Lewis) that the new earth already exists. Rather, it is being prepared by God (language of preparation of the kingdom, our inheritance, our hope, our salvation, the city which is to come, etc. is the more typical way the NT talks about this; I address this in chap. 10 of my eschatology book).
But your point is well taken.