What is God’s Purpose for the Earth? | Part 1

Earth is Not The Paradise of God

When Adam and Eve first arrived on earth, they were placed in a beautiful garden that came to be known as the Garden of Eden.  But it was never known as a paradise.  Our research reveals that there was a specific Hebrew word for “paradise” and it was not used in reference to the Garden of Eden.  

However, the Bible does refer to a place called “paradise” in three specific instances: 

(1) As Jesus’ kingdom, the promised destination for those who exercised faith: 

“Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’”
– Luke 23:42

(2) As a heavenly place where the Apostle Paul apparently visited:

“And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:3-4

(3) And as the heavenly place of God:

“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
– Revelation 2:7

Each of these references identify paradise as a place located somewhere other than earth.  While the earth has the potential to be truly beautiful, that would not be the equivalent of a true paradise.  We are told:

“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

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