The vast dimensions of the New Jerusalem cause me to think these dimensions would probably contain the known world at the time.
If that is the case, perhaps the New Jerusalem is meant to represent the entire world.
In the painting, the globe of the earth is part of a cube which in classical geometry was a symbol for perfection.
Is it reasonable to seek perfect understanding and perfect living? Is that unreasonable? Could it be that perfection is not something to strive for but something to recognize as the truth about our world and ourselves?
In fact, many inspired individuals over the centuries have concluded that the problems of our world are just a surface view of reality. They have told us that the ultimate, deeper reality is actually the embodiment of perfection.
Seeking spiritual perfection in one’s life was an idea advanced by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Wesley took seriously the scriptural admonition “be ye therefore perfect as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt 5:48).
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