Our view of the destiny of the world should deeply influence how we understand work. In the renewed Jerusalem, there is a river flowing from “the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city,” (Rev. 22:2). And on both sides of river is “the tree of life, bearing crops of fruit.” The tree of life, from which humanity was exiled after the Fall in Genesis, is now at the heart of the city. The culmination of history includes both the divine (throne, river, and tree of life) and the human (the city). The great hope of the Christian faith is for a renewed human city, a day in which God will reign over human life, including our cultural production that comes from work. This biblical vision of the future is radical, especially when we compared to other worldviews: The traditional fundamentalist vision is that this world will be burned up in judgment and believers will live with God in...Read More
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