Biblical Reasons Why We Should
And Practical Suggestions on How We Can
Create Heaven on Earth
Surveys indicate that around 80% of Americans consider themselves Christians of a Bible-believing nature. Would America be a better place if 100 million people were working to improve it rather than waiting around to be raptured? If you consider yourself an atheist, you will be interested in this book as a way of getting your Christian neighbor to become a productive member of society.
It may also change your mind about Christianity.
This book addresses two criticisms of Christianity:
First, that the New Testament is unreliable because Christ and the Apostles were obviously mistaken about the timing of the end of the world.
Second, that Christianity encourages "pie-in-the-sky" thinking and neutralizes believers who could otherwise make substantial contributions to rectifying injustice and improving the standard of living. "They are so heavenly-minded they are of no earthly good." To say nothing of being obnoxiously self-righteous.
In a nutshell, the answer to the question of the timing of the end of the world and beginning of the Kingdom of Heaven is the question of the nature of the end of the world and the Kingdom of Heaven. If the Kingdom of Heaven is a top-down military dictatorship, administered by a king on a physical throne in Jerusalem, then the absence of such an administration is evidence that prophecies of such an empire were mistaken. On the other hand, those prophecies were not mistaken if they were intended to teach the coming of a different type of kingdom.
But it isn't just atheists who interpret the New Testament to teach the imminent end of the physical planet and commencement of a top-down Jewish police state. Many church-goers believe that Christ is going to return "at any moment" to inaugurate such a kingdom. It is this belief in dramatic discontinuity -- that the present age is an age of waiting for Christ to return to do things in a totally different way than He is doing things today -- than neutralizes Christians and keeps them from becoming a force for social healing.
Atheists are correct in believing that Christians ought to be "the salt of the earth." If they only knew that the Bible says the very same thing, and that Christians are justifiably criticized for waiting instead of working, then atheists might be more open to the message of the Bible.
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