Eternal Perspectives

An interpretive approach that makes everything symbolic also makes everything subjective. It will never allow us to break free of our assumptions and see what the Bible really says about Heaven, our bodily resurrection, and life on the New Earth. . . . The river going through the New Jerusalem becomes God’s grace, the tree becomes Christ, the city walls become security. Or the river becomes Christ, the tree God’s grace, and the city walls God’s omnipotence. . . . But if the text can be said to mean everything, it ceases to mean anything. One cannot have serious interpretive discussions with those who interpret all references to the New Earth figuratively. Why? Because as soon as you cite a passage depicting anything tangible, they will dismiss it by saying, “You can’t take that literally.”

~ Randy Alcorn, Heaven

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