The New Jerusalem Is No Heaven

Matthew L. Erickson

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 5/1/2020

Paired Article (Face to Face): The New Jerusalem Is No Heaven

Issue: Jerusalem (Vol. 40, No 2, Spring, 2020)

It is all too easy to take the biblical imagery of the New Jerusalem and make it solely into a type of other-worldly, gnostic spiritual future. The Christian understanding of the power of the resurrection and God’s new creation push back against a simple understanding of heaven. God takes humanity and the world into a new reality that transcends our temptation toward a rejection of creation.

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