It will be a fascinating place where we get to spend , at which time the earth and the entire universe was changed.
At that time “the creation was subjected to frustration.” (Romans ) The universe which was previously declared by God to be good (Genesis ) had been subjected to entropy as the direct result of man’s disobedience, and would from that time undergo a breaking down process.
For this was a schoolmaster to bring “the Hellenic mind,” as the law, the Hebrews, “to Christ.” Philosophy, therefore, was a preparation, paving the way for him who is perfected in Christ.
While recognizing that there were clear differences between the two teachings, Justin did find much similarity between Platonic philosophy and Christianity.
His parable asserts that all human beings are chained in darkness, believing reality to be the things that we see around us.
But there is a higher reality that exists beyond, and if we could just be set free and experience it, we would understand that it is far better, because it is the actual true reality of which everything is but a shadow.This is the basis for Plato’s phrase “soma ” which means the body is a prison or tomb for the soul.To Plato, salvation occurs when the soul is set free from this prison-body.Not surprisingly, Plato’s heaven is one in which man is free from the imperfect physical, material world.Plato believed that man is primarily made up of soul, and that man’s soul is trapped in a body, much like being trapped in a prison.The Biblical hope, however, in sending the Messiah (Genesis ) would be that Messiah would undo the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), which includes not only redeeming mankind from the penalty of sin, but also restoring God’s physical creation to its perfect state before the Fall.At that time, “the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” (Romans ) The Bible begins with the Fall of Genesis and ends with the Restoration of Revelation where Heaven, the New Jerusalem, will be united with Earth and “the dwelling of God (will be) with men, and he will live with them” and creation will be restored.As a result, Plato wanted to set people free from their bondage to this world.In his Parable of the Cave, he explains how a person could be set free from bondage to the shadows of this world by becoming aware of the higher reality of forms.The early Christian church was heavily influenced by Plato, and the effects of Plato’s teaching can still be seen within Christianity today.This is particularly true when it comes to the topic of heaven.