11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
Melting in the Heat
Today it is 14F in McHenry, Illinois. No chance of the ground being scorched by fire, or the asphalt melting away. However, summers here can get hot. The weather might help us to experience variations in heat and cold, but the end of time will be more like a nuclear blast. From the videos I have seen of life under the mushroom cloud, there seems to be a white-hot detonation of the warhead and then a heat that radiates quickly away from the core and melts and burns buildings, cars, and life for miles around. I found a website that allows you to see the destruction that would occur when dropping a nuclear warhead on various locations http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/ . I hope that this will never be a reality, but we do have the capacity to destroy life on a scale that was unimaginable a hundred years ago. Of course, the scale of God’s final destruction is universal and just as complete. The material universe will be either completely destroyed and recreated or completely transformed.
How should we live in light of this? We would want to be those who experience the recreation on the side of the one who creates. We would not want to be those who are burned up as part of a creation that did not reach its potential. Whilst the day of destruction is horrific for those who have opposed God and resisted him through ignorance and defiance, it is a new beginning for those who have longed for God to do all that he has desired.
I know that you say this world is not all there is. It will be renewed or recreated. You want us to live with the blueprint of what is to come in our minds. To look forward, we must look back to the peace and the harmony in the garden. Help us to live in the light of the new world that will be created rather than the old world that is decaying and must be melted away.
- What points does Peter make that set up these verses?
- What will happen to the world in the end times?
- Is the world destroyed by fire or refined by fire?
- How do we engage with environmental issues if it will all go up in flames?
- How do we place value on possessions in the light of end times?