The Christian Solution
The Christian holy writings, called the Bible, teach that this world is in a state of trouble and suffering because we have rebelled against our Creator (Genesis 6:5). But the Creator has promised to recreate this earth in its original perfection (Revelation 21:1). Those who have allowed God to heal their selfish motives and have left their immorality behind, will be welcomed into the new earth.
The Bible says that God the Creator “will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Suffering will be gone forever!
“The eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap . . . , and the tongue of the dumb sing” (Isaiah 35:5-6). The physical imperfections we live with now will be gone! We will “run and not be weary, . . . walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
The natural world will also be restored. “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 65:25). Can you imagine—vegetarian lions! How will this happen? The Bible says that God will come as a surprise (Matthew 24:36-42), but none will miss it because “He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7). There will be lightning and thunder, and the earth will shake (Matthew 24:27; Revelation 16: 17-21).
A loud trumpet blast will sound. Those who have died believing the Creator’s promise will be restored to life. Together with the living believers, they will “be caught up together . . . in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). What a happy day—children and parents, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, are all reunited!
While God wants everyone to live in the new earth, ultimately the wicked will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:9-11). Afterward, God will recreate the world and welcome us into our new home free of pollution, suffering, and death.