Our Nostalgia for a World that never quite existed is a Nostalgia, a hoping for the Living and True World of the Living and True God, where God’s creativity becomes unrestrained by human sin and corruption, where we can live in fullness with Jesus, all the saints, the living, the imaginary, and the true.
There is always a temptation to move beyond the simplicity of the Good News. In ancient Israel, the northern kingdom of Israel left the revelation of God for the illusions of surrounding nations. The Christians in Irenaeus’ day were tempted to leave the Gospel behind for a supposedly deeper spiritual truth. Even today, we are surrounded by ideas and lifestyles that call to us to leave behind the archaic Gospel truth in favor of supposedly deeper spiritual ideas.