While Christians can certainly focus on the past and doing good in thankfulness to what Christ has already done for us, it is vital for us to understand the future in order to be better stewards on this Earth. While interacting with the main themes of N.T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope, this paper will take a look at how Christians have fallen short in their interpretation of the end times and how a correct reading will affect the Christian, all the while making some criticisms about some of the arguments laid out in this book.
The first of these criticisms is how N.T. Wright describes what Christians believe about heaven. I believe that Wright went too far in describing how poorly Christians understand heaven. There absolutely is a culture, especially popular culture, which views heaven as a place where good spirits go to up in the clouds to play harps, wear white, and chill up in the clouds. While Christians certainly teach their kids about it this way to some extent, the number of adults who truly believe heaven is that way is far less in my experience than the book seems to suggest.
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Wright mentions that “people who believe in the resurrection … are unstoppably motivated to work for that new world in the present.” I believe that this core message, which I wholeheartedly believe, should shine through the criticisms that I made over some of his arguments. This is why it is so important for Christians to have these discussions about heaven. Christians do not spend enough time with this topic, often because it is too hard to understand and reason with and because they do not consider it a “salvation issue.”
Christians certainly do not understand heaven the way they need to in order to be able to be motivated to do good here and now to prepare for when Jesus returns to us on this earth. This motivation is integral to the Christian faith and is much stronger than the motivation needed by the student to complete his Core 150 paper.
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