A vision of future hope for the world
Heard in Tim Keller’s sermon from last Sunday:
So our salvation lies not in an escape from this world, but in the transformation of this world. Everything good and true and beautiful in history is not lost forever but will be restored and directed to the worship of God. All our human activity (in the arts and sciences, economics and politics) and even the nonhuman creation will be brought to share in the liberating rule of God. This grand vision centers on the cross of Jesus Christ. There a vision of future hope opens up for the world.
You will not find hope for the world in any other religious systems or philosophies of humankind. The biblical vision is unique. That is why when some say, “Don’t you think there is salvation in other faiths?” I always say, “What salvation are you talking about?” No faith holds out a promise of eternal salvation for the world the way the cross and resurrection of Jesus do. (Vinoth Ramachandra, The Scandal of Jesus)