The world, where are we heading? Some people believe in progress, they believe that as science and technology advance we will eventually come to a Utopian society. This belief is where Darwinism and Marxism derived some of its beginnings. But the fact is progress does not do take into consideration the relevance of evil, and as clearly is seen within our world, progress really has only helped in some instances the progress of evil, and its advancement with technology. But this brings into consideration the adverse effect and reasoning others have.
Gnosticism believes that the material world is an inferior and dark place and evil is its very existence. They believe only as time goes on things get worse, and truly the fall of humankind began at the existence of Creation. Gnostic s believe that we are just waiting for our death to enter into our spiritual condition, a non-material form, which is itself good. However, this is in conflict with the fact that Scripture teaches us that we are going to have new bodies, the problem is not our material state, but the corrupted flesh. This corruption is due to sin and its consequence is death. Similar to the garden of Eden, the paradise that was Adam and Eve’s was experienced in a material condition. It was only when sin entered that they were kicked out into truly an abyss. But this corrupted state has been redeemed, and its final redemption will come into effect with the creation of the New Heaven and Earth. If gnosticism proved true we would go to heaven, not come to earth. But our final destination is Earth, with the New Jerusalem coming out of heaven. The final locale for us is not in a far-off world, but in Earth, in a redeemed one.
This brings me to my conclusion in this brief synopsis of our course on this earth. Where are we heading? The earth in my opinion is not necessarily getting more corrupt or better, it is just getting closer to becoming redeemed. Redeemed from its sin, looking forward to bringing it back into its original perfect order, when God saw all he did and said that it was “Good.” “What creation need is neither abandonment nor evolution but rater redemption and renewal; and this is both promised and guaranteed by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This is what the whole world’s waiting for.” (N.T. Wright)