Saturday, July 20, 2019

Early Christian Quotes on the New Earth

Early Christian Quotes on the New Earth

The Christian Sibylline Oracles (2nd Century) Book 2:384-415:

But the others, all to whom right and fair works 
And piety and thoughts most just were dear, 
Shall angels, bearing through the burning stream, 
Lead unto light and life exempt from care, 
Where comes the immortal way of the great God 
And fountains three--of honey, wine, and milk. 
And equal land for all, divided not 
By walls or fences, more abundant fruits 
Spontaneous shall then bear, and the course 
Of life be common and wealth unapportioned. 
For there no longer will be poor nor rich, 
Tyrant nor slave, nor any great nor small, 
Nor kings nor leaders; all alike in common. 
No more at all will one say, "night has come," 
Nor "morrow comes," nor "yesterday has been; 
Nor shall there many days of anxious care, 
Nor spring, nor winter, nor the summer-heat, 
Nor autumn be [nor marriage, nor yet death, 
Nor sales, nor purchases], nor set of sun 
Nor rising; for a long day will God make. 
And to the pious will the almighty God 
Imperishable grant another thing, 
When they shall ask the imperishable God: 
That he will suffer men from raging fire 
And endless gnawing anguish to be saved; 
And this will he do. For hereafter he 
Will pluck them from the restless flame, elsewhere 
Remove them, and for his own people's sake 
Send them to other and eternal life 
With the immortals, in Elysian field, 
False manifestly; for the penal fire 
Shall never cease from those who are condemned. 
For also I might pray to have it thus, 
Branded with greatest scars of trespasses, 
Which need more kindness. But let Origen 
Of his presumptuous babble be ashamed, 
Saying there shall be end of punishments. 
Where move far-stretching billows of the lake 
Of ever-flowing Acheron profound.

Irenaeus’ Against Heresies, Book 5 (Late 2nd Century) Chapter 36, Paragraphs 1-2:

…neither is the substance nor the essence of the creation annihilated (for faithful and true is He who has established it), but "the fashion of the world passeth away; " that is, those things among which transgression has occurred, since man has grown old in them. And therefore this [present] fashion has been formed temporary, God foreknowing all things; as I have pointed out in the preceding book, and have also shown, as far as was possible, the cause of the creation of this world of temporal things. But when this [present] fashion [of things] passes away, and man has been renewed, and flourishes in an incorruptible state, so as to preclude the possibility of becoming old, [then] there shall be the new heaven and the new earth, in which the new man shall remain [continually ], always holding fresh converse with God. And since (or, that) these things shall ever continue without end, Isaiah declares, "For as the new heavens and the new earth which I do make, continue in my sight, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain." And as the presbyters say, Then those who are deemed worthy of an abode in heaven shall go there, others shall enjoy the delights of paradise, and others shall possess the splendour of the city; for everywhere the Saviour shall be seen according as they who see Him shall be worthy.

 2. [They say, moreover], that there is this distinction between the habitation of those who produce an hundred-fold, and that of those who produce sixty-fold, and that of those who produce thirty-fold: for the first will be taken up into the heavens, the second will dwell in paradise, the last will inhabit the city; and that was on this account the Lord declared, "In My Father's house are many mansions." For all things belong to God, who supplies all with a suitable dwelling-place; even as His Word says, that a share is allotted to all by the Father, according as each person is or shall be worthy.

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