What happens to Eden when the world ends?

Okay, so the beginning of the world—that’s the Garden of Eden, of course—might seem to have little to do with its end.  Not so.  In writing Paradise Lust, I became accidentally familiar with several other false prophecies of the end times, much like the one which, as you know unless you’ve been living under a rock, is occurring today.  My favorite of these is of course, the Great Disappointment of 1844.  Disappointing, because the world did NOT end. Nobody tells it better than Stephen Prothero, here. So many people believed Baptist end-times preacher William Miller, and so many people were ready to go, that when the prediction did not come true, practically a whole religious generation was thrown into a tizzy of doubt and unbelief, which ended up spawning several new religions, most notably, the Seventh Day Adventists. They were big on the end of the world; still are.  When the founder of the Seventh Day Adventists, Ellen White, who claimed to be a prophet but was also/really an epileptic, began to show signs of fraudulence, a faction of early Adventists split off from the group, and eventually oversaw the writing of the Urantia Book, which has its own unique plan for the Garden of Eden, on a sunken island in the Mediterranean.  You’ll have to buy the book to find out how that story goes.  But meanwhile: be on the lookout for what happens after today, when, presumably, the world still exists.  Let’s hope (pray?) that the “disappointment” of those believers who, NPR is fond of telling us, have no “plan B,” spawns some creative solutions, rather than desperation. Stay tuned…



One Response to What happens to Eden when the world ends?

  1. Paul says:

    If you are objectively interested in what the Urantia book says about Adam and Eve you might want to read this report on the microcephalin gene and Adam and Eve.

    Adam and Eve Report

    Paul

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