Populating
Eternity?
New Testament
Living today
Revd Margot R Hodson
Who will we find in eternity?
Revelation 7:4,9
• 144,000 from all the tribes of
Israel
• A great multitude that no one can
count, from every nation, tribe,
people and language.
Acts 2:21
• everyone who calls on the name
of the Lord will be saved.
Biocentric
Each individual organism has
special value
Ecocentric
The ecosystem as a whole
has ultimate value
Christocentric eternity
• Christ!
• Humans present as
individuals known in the
present age
• Nature will be ‘saved’
collectively.
• New Heaven and New
Earth
Romans 8:18-25
Revelation 21:1-4
• Redemption without
universalism
• New is renewed
• Can only now see
dimly
New Heaven and Earth
• Big enough for All
God’s people
• People and creation in
balance
• Will be a redeemed
form of our present
heaven and earth
How do we live today?
• Look with hope to the future
• How to live in the present?
1. Reach out with Good News
2. Care for people and planet
3. Balance their needs
Ecocentric for the planet
Biocentric for humanity
- face up to human population
Closing prayer
Father in heaven, you created us to
be wise stewards of the earth.
Forgive us for neglecting
responsibility for our
planet.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus Christ, you became one of
us to reconcile all things to God.
Forgive us for treating people,
animals and the earth as things to be
used and exploited.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Holy Spirit, you are the breath of life
who renews and restores us.
Forgive us for resisting your
promptings and being deaf to your
voice.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Psalm 8
A Blessing of St. Aidan of Lindisfarne
Blessed be the Creator of the earth
Blessed be the Lord of the Harvest
Blessed be Christ, who descended
Blessed be the Word made flesh
Blessed to us the land that it may be fruitful
Blessed to us the ground
that it may yield a harvest
Blessed to us the earth
that it may be the place of our resurrection
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