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Christian Fiction.Re: Mission of Church? re: Wanderer M.Martin interview

On Mon, 21 Apr 1997, Micca wrote:

> > >    A: The Church never, but never, asserted that it's mission was to help
> > >    man build a better world. The Church has always asserted that its
> > >    mission was to save souls to help men get to Heaven. They promulgated
> > >    laws to make men more moral and less sinful. But to join hands and
> > >    make religion sub sidiary to the socioeconomic well being of nations
> > >    is nonsense.
> >
> > I don't see how the two can be separated-building a better world and
> > saving souls. Otherwise what on earth does "Thy will be done on earth as
> > it is in heaven" mean? I think this issue goes back at least as far as
> > Rerum Novarum (first issued in 1891 as I recall). With one billion adherents
> > including  no shortage of experts in engineering, architecture, economics
> > etc. I would think a COLLECTIVE example of how mankind could/should live
> > on this planet can reasonably be expected. What then would a Christian
> > City be like? It is inconceivable to me that those eager to tell us about
> > the individual way of life which is best (more moral and less sinful) for
> > this planet would not be eager to tell us about a complete, collective way
> > of life, i.e. a Christian City.
>       A Christian City?  The items from Holy Scripture that come to
>       mind, are the promise of a New Heaven and a New Earth....and
>       the City of God...the New Jerusalem coming down to the New
>       Earth.  There is not one thing that I can recall our Lord

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