In http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PretCosmos/message/17900 , Stephen <stephenwj@...> wrote:
Preterism is correct, we are in the new heavens and new earth, and
mankind will exist (biologically) forever. If that is true, then
certain things follow.
1) Our ideas about stellar physics are wrong and the sun will shine
forever. In that case, man could occupy the Earth for eternity but his
numbers will continue to increase and will eventually make it necessary
to colonize other planets.
2) Our ideas about stellar physics are correct and the sun will not
shine forever. In that case, the sun will die after about 5 billion
years and make it necessary to colonize other planets around other stars.
In either case, man's continued existence requires that he develop the
technology to travel to the stars and colonize. As we cannot invent the
impossible or discover the nonexistent, it must be assumed that God has
so designed the universe as to make such things possible. The future
will be filled with wonderful things.
You are correct, Stephen. I enjoy marveling over the "Well... what now?" of a fulfilled view, (however one arrives at it). This is where various forms of Preterism meet. More or less, your thought was:
Whether the sun continues forever or ends in 5 billion years ---> man is still drawn by necessity into colonization of other planets around other stars, the universe, the Cosmos.
To build on your great idea, here is a related one:
1) Our ideas about stellar physics are wrong and the Cosmos will be habitable forever. In that case, man could occupy the Cosmos for eternity but the limitations of his individual, biological lifespans will eventually make it necessary for each individual man to escape into the spiritual realm via Resurrection to a spiritual body to continue his existence.
2) Our ideas about stellar physics are correct and the Cosmos will NOT be habitable forever, eventually either imploding into a recurrence of the Big Bang or corroding away into chaos via entropy. In that case, all biological life will die and make it necessary for each individual man to escape into the spiritual realm via Resurrection to a spiritual body to continue his existence.
In either case, an individual man's continued existence requires that he escape this physical existence via Resurrection to a spiritual body to take up his eternal habitation in the spiritual realm with God & Jesus, Saints & angels. This is only possible through Jesus Christ the Savior. The whole function of the Cosmos is then understood to provide a nursery from which to raise up members of the family of God, siblings of Christ conformed to His image, of whom Jesus is the firstborn. The future will be filled with wonderful things. This is where preterism and futurism meet.
2 Corinthians 4:18
For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
The end result of the fulfilled view, however, distinguishes itself from the futurist view in this wise: the person holding the fulfilled view rejoices in BOTH his present, physical habitation as well as the spiritual habitation he enters upon Resurrection. As an imitator of God as a dear child, he sees them both as "very good." This should add to our joy and optimism, a more bountiful production of the fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23.
Genesis 1:1 & Genesis 1:31
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.