This is going to be short and sweet. A lot of people talk about “Utopian” eschatology, but very few people actually know what Utopia was originally made to be.
“Utopia”. It’s a term coined by Thomas More in his book of the same name written in 1516.
Features of this “Utopian” society include, but are not limited to:
- Abolition of all private property.
- A “fluid” household structure. People are assigned and redistributed between households and towns dependent on “what is good for society”.
- Each “household” is required to rotate the house in which they are permitted to live with another household every 10 years.
- Assigned labor and professions (there aren’t many options).
- Ruling officials are those identified as scholars based on their ability to learn. These ruling officials are also given the best food which is totes adorb.
- Clothing is to be simple and uniform, there is no fancy garb, nor makers of fine linens permitted.
- An across the board, cradle to grave welfare state.
- Euthanasia is permitted.
- Engaging in premarital sex carries the penalty of a lifetime of enforced celibacy.
- Unauthorized travel is a big no-no. It is heavily regulated, and one must get permission to go anywhere.
- If you travel to a town when you are not authorized, on your second warning you become a slave. Yes, in Utopia, there is enslavement for unauthorized travel between different towns.
- There are no taverns or ale-houses.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you ask me, Utopia sounds….well, like shit.
Really, everyone has their own version of how society *should* operate. That’s not a bad thing. God cares A LOT about temporal justice, and so should we.
The point is, everyone has a “utopia” in mind, even if your “utopia” differs from Thomas More’s “Utopia”. The question is, is your “Utopia” informed by scripture, or (as with More) is it informed by what seems right in your own eyes?
Tell me what God requires in his word. You can keep the unicorn.