The world may not end on May 21st in the year 2011. But then again, this wouldn’t eliminate the reality of the next world.
You do know that don’t you?
I can’t help but see a dialogical tendon between physicist Stephen Hawking’s recent comments about the silliness of Heaven AND Harold Camping’s silly prediction that the world will end on 5 twenty one and 2 thousand eleven. (In fact, I kind of agree with part of what Hawking says, but for different reasons than you or he might think AND I kinda wish Camping was right except there’s a nice wedding this Saturday Kristi and I are looking forward to. Can the end wait till after our friends Steph and Keith get married? please).
I love how N. T. Wright works through this ‘next world’ reality. He says,
“Hawking is working with a very low-grade and sub-biblical view of ‘going to heaven.’ Of course, if faced with the fully Christian two-stage view of what happens after death — first, a time ‘with Christ’ in ‘heaven’ or ‘paradise,’and then, when God renews the whole creation, bodily resurrection — he would no doubt dismiss that as incredible. But I wonder if he has ever even stopped to look properly, with his high-octane intellect, at the evidence for Jesus and the resurrection? I doubt it — most people in England haven’t. Until he has, his opinion about all this is worth about the same as mine on nuclear physics, i.e. not much.”
Hawking could be wrong about Heaven don’t you think? After all, he reversed his long held scientific conclusions about Black Holes (after 30 years). If he’s not sure about Black Holes, how can he be sure of his opinion on Heaven? So maybe you should learn a little more about the next world whether this one ends on Saturday or not.