Protopresbyter Božidar Mijač

The New World to come

pages: 103-109

Abstract

In this study the Author deals with eschatological themes in the cosmic and heavenly perspective, amd not only as a treatise of the iliife beyond the grave, as was the case with old-fashioned schollastic hand- hooks.

The Eshaton begins on Earth and finds its goal and fulfilment in Heaven. The destiny of man and cosmos in eschatological perspective is rooted in thiis world.

The exposition is primarily presented in a missionary way: as an exhortation to already reach, in the flux of time, likeness to God, so that we may be deemed worthy of the supra^temporal Kingdom of God, which is to come. The aim of our life is to be fit for the resurrection from the dead and to be received into the new and eternal Aion.

The Author interprets the word of God concerning the Eschaton in accordance with Orthodox Church tradition, by respecting the apophatie way of thinking, namely, that these revealed things cannot be properly grasped by only human reasoning, neither could they be excogitated by literary fancy.

However, the eschatology as an interpretation of the Apocalypsis cannot be written once for all time. Every and each historical situation needs a new commentary.

Here we have all aspects of the doctrine on Eschatology presented as follows:

— yearning for life eternal;

— eschatological situation of the world;

— the Church as the Beginning of the Eschaton;

— death and immortality;

— the Second Coming of Christ;

— the New World to come;

— Time as risk and chance.

This study tries to make a fresh approach to this matter, striving to give answers to our contemporary world and to present the Orthodox doctrine on the last things in a concise and readable way.

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