Burning up or Being Renewed?: An Exegetical Study of 2 Peter 3:10- 13 and Revelation 21:1-5 from an Environmental/Ecological Perspective

Author: Benjamin Aldous, MA student in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission, Redcliffe College


‘But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away
with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth
and its works will be burned up.’ 2 Peter 3:10 [NASV]
The Christian faith is deeply eschatological yet there are myriad convictions held as to what
will actually take place at the Parousia. Will the earth be destroyed in a final act of Godly
wrath by Yahweh or does He have some other intention? Is heaven beyond Jupiter or will
heaven be made here on earth? What seems absolutely clear is that our eschatological
perspective will have profound implications on how we live and act now? The objective of this
paper therefore is to ask how our biblical interpretations colour our praxis. The question
might be asked ‘Would Jesus sign the Kyoto agreement?’ Whilst it has been argued that the
American administration’s (under Bush) refusal to sign the Kyoto agreement was essentially
political and economic, what scope is there for suggesting it is deeply theological too?

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