I've heard from my parents/grandparents that God is in the process of building a new Earth. Where in the Bible does it say God is creating a new Earth? Why would God build a new Earth? I know it says in the Bible that God loves all of man kind, but didn't he also regret creating man once he saw what they did? Why would he do this?
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John, I am providing a fairly 'long answer' as you seem genuinely interested. You have tapped into a long historical theme in the Bible with your question. The first occurrence of the actual words ‘new earth’ occurs here at around 700 BC:
This prophecy was made by Isaiah to Judah who would be fallen into captivity by the Babylonian Kingdom (roughly around 500 BC) but would again be saved, just as Moses had delivered them from Egypt. So by what might appear on face-value as a hyperbole, this was a promise to Judah that after they became captive they would also again return to Jerusalem. This return would be like a ‘new world’. At least it would be better than the life in Babylon.
However, the language goes far beyond what one might expect from such deliverance and seems ‘heavenly’ so within old Rabbinic interpretation before Christ these verses were taken to apply to the times of the future Messiah who would restore Israel. For example this does not seem like something normal on earth:
Here is an example of an Old Rabbi’s view from an ancient Midrash before Christ:
So this Messianic expectation surrounding a ‘new world’ was that the Messiah would bring all Israelites back to Jerusalem and heal everybody in a sort of utopian society. This is how they would interpret the next verse:
You can feel the heavenly impression of this peaceful image. This added to a Messianic expectation of a truly ‘new world’. Besides the life after their return from Babylon was not really so exalted, they did not even have their own independent King, but were vassals of other Kings. Therefore this only increased the Messianic expectation leading up to the time of Jesus from Bethlehem. The Jews were subject to the Romans at that time.
With this Messianic expectation that a ‘new’ world would be created, the New Testament picks up on the theme in fulfillment and in prediction of another future fulfillment. First, in the current fulfillment a ‘new’ world was already created by Christ’s death, resurrection and ‘coming in power’ by his sending the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. This was a ‘creation of a new world’, or His ‘kingdom’ and so we call it the new covenant. Those who believe in God are called members of this kingdom and are born again into it, having a ‘new life’ in this ‘new world’. This was like God ‘shaking the whole heavens and earth’, so that a new heaven and new earth would result from what ‘could not be shaken’ (See Haggai 2:6).
Second the New Testament also indicates that this ‘shaking’ is not yet fully accomplished:
So your answer your questions: Jesus has made a new world and is still building it, all are welcome to join by placing their faith in Him. Also there will come a time when the whole world will be destroyed by fire at the second coming of Christ to ‘judge the living and the dead’.
Regarding why God regretted that he made man after the world had become so filled with sin, it is a anthropomorphism, or personification, of God as though he was a man, in order that we can understand what would otherwise be incomprehensible. In other words God has his own reasons for making man, even knowing they would sin and fall, but as we cannot fully comprehend them, He just wanted us to understand that sinful man is far beyond what his purpose was. Yet no worries, now God has shown us how He planned to kill sin, and kill, death, it was in Christ so that:
This is both, how God made a new world, and how we can enter into it today.
I completely agree with everything posted thus far. But might I add, open to discourse, a theory of why, I propose, God planned for and needed sin to take presence. Revelation, as referenced above, and Isaiah both tell us God's plan to destroy this earth and heaven, then create a new earth and heaven void of sin, hurt, violence, and pain. And to note, the Bible teaches us that Gods plan is perfect, and His will, like unto His plan, can never be thwarted by man or anything other. This proves that God had planned for sin to enter into this world and we, as man, had in no way interrupted or caused a change in the course of God's perfect plan, and God, being the omniscient God He is, has a purpose for sin. So why did God purposefully allow for sin to be present, and if God, from the beginning, even before creation, had planned to destroy this earth and heaven with it, why not create that from the get go? Why detour the end result with an earth full of sin?
I propose this, because the Bible tell us, the reasoning to create us as spiritual beings was for companionship. God wanted some company. But God desired for us to want to be His companion; to choose Him. And a choice, true in nature, must be composed of at least 2 options. If only 1 cup is presented in front of you, and you are required to pick up a cup, then the only option you have is to pick up that one cup. Now it could be said you had a free will and made the decision to pick up the cup, but this is only partly true. True, you did possess a free will, but a true choice did not take place. You had to pick up a cup, but only one was presented as an option. At least one other cup must be added to the pool of options to verify a true choice by nature had been made. Simply put, sin is the other cup; is the other option. To clarify, sin, in this case, is the world.
So to conclude up to this point: God planned for sin, God needed sin to allow us to truly choose to become his companion through eternity, and this earth was never meant for utopia. We are here to choose Him; plain and simple. Stated earlier in the post, Revelation and Isaiah prophesy of a new created earth and heaven. This has been God's plan all along. This earth wasn't the final destination, only a detour, to allow his creation an opportunity to choose eternity with Him in the new world. Because remember, if God truly wanted this earth to be the paradise and utopia the new world will be, it would be. That's how much he loves us! He allowed his creation to walk away, a choice of separation.