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Stort tack till Pastor Astor som uppmärksammade Time Magazines intervju med biskop NT (Tom) Wright. Liksom som för Pastor Astor är han en av mina favoriter. På min blogg hittar ni en länk till hans inofficiella hemsida, där finns mycket att fördjupa sig i. Att lyssna på honom kan vara ganska underhållande. Dessutom är jag sedan min Englandtid ganska svag för duktiga "typiskt engelska" predikanter.
Jag känner för att ta vid där Pastor Astor slutade citera;
Tom Wright säger:
"The idea of our participation in the new creation goes back to Genesis, when humans are supposed to be running the Garden and looking after the animals. If you transpose that all the way through, it's a picture like the one that you get at the end of Revelation.
TIME: And it ties in to what you've written about this all having a moral dimension.
Wright: Both that, and the idea of bodily resurrection that people deny when they talk about their "souls going to Heaven." If people think "my physical body doesn't matter very much," then who cares what I do with it? And if people think that our world, our cosmos, doesn't matter much, who cares what we do with that?
Much of "traditional" Christianity gives the impression that God has these rather arbitrary rules about how you have to behave, and if you disobey them you go to hell, rather than to heaven. What the New Testament really says is God wants you to be a renewed human being helping him to renew his creation, and his resurrection was the opening bell. And when he returns to fulfil the plan, you won't be going up there to him, he'll be coming down here.
TIME: That's very different from, say, the vision put out in the Left Behind books.
Wright: Yes. If there's going to be an Armageddon, and we'll all be in heaven already or raptured up just in time, it really doesn't matter if you have acid rain or greenhouse gases prior to that. Or, for that matter, whether you bombed civilians in Iraq. All that really matters is saving souls for that disembodied heaven."