By Alister E. McGrath
Эта книга одного из самых известных современных христианских авторов исследует историю небес, от их происхождения в библейских письменах к самым новым представлениям о них.
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In paradise, it was neither too hot nor too cold . . There was no sadness, nor any foolish joy, for true gladness ﬂowed ceaselessly from the presence of God. Augustine’s depiction of paradise has important implications for his concept of heaven, in that the life to come involves the restoration of the conditions of this earthly paradise. The Millennium as Paradise One of the most interesting aspects of early Christian reﬂections concerning the afterlife is its interest in the idea of the millennium – the period of one thousand years which, according to the Book of Revelation, intervenes between the coming of Christ and the ﬁnal judgment.
Believers were encouraged to anticipate their entry into heaven, and to appreciate how the joy and glory of heaven eclipsed any earthly pleasure or delight. This theme found its way as 20 The City: The New Jerusalem early as the ninth century into a section of the Requiem Mass. The ﬁnal part of that Mass – “In Paradisum deducant te Angeli,” usually abbreviated simply to “In Paradisum” – celebrates the hope of the New Jerusalem after earth’s struggles and sorrows: May angels lead you to paradise; May martyrs welcome you on your arrival; May they guide you to the holy city of Jerusalem.
The baptism that lies before you is truly a great thing – the ransoming of captives, the remission of transgressions, the death of sin, a new birth of the soul, a garment of light, a holy and unbreakable seal, a chariot to heaven and the delights of paradise, a welcome into the kingdom, and the gift of adoption! But there is a serpent by the wayside watching those who pass by. Be alert, in case he stings you with unbelief. He sees so many receiving salvation, and “seeks those who he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
A Brief History of Heaven by Alister E. McGrath