A New Creation

The other day, in the midst of a theological discussion, I found myself appealing back to the creation narrative in Genesis, culminating in a resounding, “This is not the way things are supposed to be.” I have used such a trajectory of thinking on numerous occasions and I’m beginning to wonder I built such arguments on false assumptions or at least assumptions that are not theologically sound. I don’t think I’m the only one who has utilized such a line of thinking, i.e., this is not the way God created things, thus it must be wrong or sin. You often hear such arguments in regard to the homosexuality debate . . . “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!” There are two presuppositions I think that underly such an argument. First, one must believe that God created a static creation. Hence, the way God created things is the way that things are supposed to be for all eternity, namely that we would be naked, vegetarian, gardeners for all of human history. The second assumption in this argument is that there is a one-to-one correlation between creation in the garden of Eden and the new creation which will one day be fulfilled. In this sort of thinking, our desire to return to the utopia offered by the garden of Eden is the same thing as looking forward to God fulfilling creation. Again, this may challenge our current way of thinking. But is the utopia of the garden of Eden the same thing as Christ being all in all in the new heavens and the new earth? I think this is a question that we have to think about more carefully. Not only that, I think we ought to think much more carefully about appealing back to the creation narrative with the trump card, “This is (or isn’t) how God created things to be.” Maybe these do have some merit. But maybe our attention should not be focused backward to a sin-free state but forward to a sin-free existence.

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