I’ve posted several snippets and quotes from theologians on the reality of Creation. I also posted something from the 19th century poet, John Keats. Except for his suggestion that the Christian faith does not contain the allowance for this “schoolmaster” bit (honestly… stop making suggestions about the Christian faith unless you know all about it), I tend to agree with him.
I wanted to add a few thoughts so you can know where I’m going.
The goal of creation is to partake of the divine nature…
In this way he has given us his promises, great beyond all price, so that through them you may escape the corruption with which lust has infected the world, and may come to share in the very being of God. (2 Peter 1.4, REB)
Of course, the Petrine author was not the first to suggest this:
So they argued, and how wrong they were! Blinded by their own malevolence, they failed to understand God’s hidden plan; they never expected that holiness of life would have its recompense, never thought that innocence would have its reward. But God created man imperishable, and made him the image of his own eternal self; (Wis 2:21–23)
The goal of creation is announced in Eden and finishes in Revelation (speaking from a canonical perspective), because as others have recognized, the Scripture canon is a circle.
In Genesis 2.17, we are introduced to the Tree of the Knowledge/Wisdom of Good and Evil. This is not merely a dichotomy. This is an idiom (much like Alpha and Omega) that expresses the sum total of good and evil and everything inbetween. For me, I usually describe it simply as…the breadth of human experience.
This tree is also lacking in Revelation. Now, we have alone the tree that grants immortality. Why? Because the whole of humanity has now experienced everything it means to be human and in doing so, moves us to the point where we are finally ready for what God has always meant for us to be. We have suffered so that we may know peace. We have hated so that we may know love. We have lost so that we may know gain. We have been sick so that we may now be healed and in doing so, partake in the divine nature. This doesn’t mean we to become God or gods, only that we move into partaking of divine being.
Alright. There you go. Let me have it.