The central and simple message of the New Testament is that the promised age to come has dawned, the promised victory over what has emptied life of meaning and filled it with confusion and dismay has been won... Were it not for the resurrection, Paul suggests, abandoning ourselves to a life of empty party making and a fatalistic sense of doom would be quite logical. There is no hope in "this age." It lies under the judgement of God. It is all, despite its brilliance, now dying. It has no future. It can offer many pleasurable experiences, many momentary distractions, but it is doomed. It has no long term future and can offer no meaning besides what it manufactures for the moment, which is as fleeting as the morning mist. (p. 203).