So what is Christianity about, then?
“Christianity is all about the belief that the living God, in fulfilment of his promises and as the climax of the story of Israel, has accomplished all this – the finding, the saving, the giving of new life in Jesus. He has done it. With Jesus, God’s rescue operation has been put into effect once for all. A great door has swung open in the cosmos which can never again be shut. It is the door to the prison where we have been kept chained up. We are offered freedom: freedom to experience God’s rescue for ourselves, to go through the open door and explore the new world to which we now have access. In particular, we are all invited – summoned, actually – to discover, through following Jesus, that this new world is indeed a place of justice, spirituality, relationship and beauty, and that we are not only to enjoy it as such but to work at bringing it to birth on earth as in heaven” – Chapter 7
New creation, starting now.
“Despite what many people think, within the Christian family and outside it, the point of it all is not ‘to go to heaven when you die’. The New Testament picks up from the Old the theme that God intends, in the end, to put the whole creation to rights. Earth and heaven are made to overlap with one another, not fitfully, mysteriously and partially as they do at the moment, but completely, gloriously and utterly. ‘The earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea’. That is the promise which resonates throughout the Bible story, from Isaiah, and behind him, by implication, from Genesis itself, all the way through to Paul’s greatest visionary moments and the final chapters of the book of Revelation. The great drama will end, not with ‘saved souls’ being snatched up into heaven, away from the wicked earth and the mortal bodies which have dragged them down into sin, but with the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven to earth, so that ‘the dwelling of God is with humans’ (Revelation 21.3)” – Chapter 16
I hope you enjoyed these great thought-provoking quotes from chapter 7 and 16 of the book ‘Simply Christian’ by Tom Wright.