My View of the Future Now

…is considerably more complex. While not dogmatic about eschatology, I tend to resonate with a perspective known as Transmillennialism, which tries to frame the Old and New Testament apocalyptic discourses in the prophetic, symbolic framework that would have been comprehensible to their original hearers. Doing this has the effect of seeing most (if not all) apocalyptic warnings and promises as being fulfilled, no later than 70 CE. This is, of course, quite different than the “Left Behind” perspective that tends to dominate our novels and video games these days…I still don’t know if my parents are aware that I’m no longer waiting for Jesus to pull an invasion of the body snatchers move!

My thoughts in eschatology tend to flow with my more general conviction regarding the future: It is an open book, and humanity has a vital role to play in it. Our decisions matter. Spiritually speaking, God does not want us to remain children forever; we are intended to grow and mature, becoming co-creators with God in every area of creation. This goes against a certain fatalism in American Christendom’s dominant guiding story, as well as our throw-away American psyche, that lives for momentary gains and little else. This is why I’m in the degree program I’m in: to meaningfully initiate change, and show others how appealing and beneficial this is.

3 Responses to My View of the Future Now

  1. Glanis Crane January 9, 2008 at 8:35 am #

    I am searching for Jerry Coulter author of ‘Beholding and Becoming’. His e-mail address was offered on a site from 2005 inwhich you were named as the source of such information. Thank you so much for any help you can provide.

  2. graham January 23, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    Amen, Mike!

    I’d completely share your new perspective.

  3. Mark Eaton November 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    Thank You for sharing your perspective. I was the student of eschatology for many years. I think we are seeing two trends develop. On the one hand, a new way of looking the bible and judgment through Transmillennial. I think there is a thread of this throughout all theologians and philosophers. I also think because of the sociology the old paradigm created, we are seeing a great dysfunction in the sense that symbolism is designed to reveal our rejection through symbolism. Symbolism interpreted in the early 1920’s to mid 70’s and early 80’s. What if these symbols are speaking of something fulfilled in 70 A.D., But the socialogy we are constructing in a judgment and non-judgment in the modern age. The world of advancing technology is leaving us symbols to make Karios decision, to build a whole new world. I can’t handle but think that biblical judgment was fulfilled in 70 A.D., but our view of judgment is symbolism rooted in the advancing technology of computers and social networks. Well, that’s my spill for the present moment. Mark

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