“As citizens of God’s kingdom, we may not just write off the present earth as a total loss, or rejoice in its deterioration. We must indeed be working for a better world now. Our efforts to bring the kingdom of Christ into fuller manifestation are of eternal significance. Our Christian life today, our struggles against sin – both individual and institutional – our mission work, our attempt to develop and promote a distinctively Christian culture, have value not only for this world but even for the world to come.”
– Anthony Hoekema, The Bible & the Future, page 287.
In Plato’s thought, salvation is:
- vertical (our destiny is upward in heaven)
- otherworldly (our souls are saved into another spiritual world)
- an escape (we are saved not as part of this world but rather from this world)
But a genuinely Christian worldview contradicts the Platonic view at each of these points, since biblically, the goal of salvation is:
- horizontal (we look forward in history to the renewal of creation)
- of this world (the creation is to be renewed)
- integral to God’s ultimate plan for this world (no escape is necessary)
– Michael Goheen & Craig Bartholomew, Living at the Crossroads, page 52.