I’m glad someone mentioned this one;
I’ll let SufferingServant answer this one – he’s done so much more Bible study than I have 🙂
The way I look at it is that in God’s time, his time span is different to ours. To us, a day is a long time (depending on what day of the week it is!) but to him it is but a milli-blip in eternity. So ‘soon’ to him could be ‘quite a long time’ for us. Does that make sense?
That may be true indeed – but if it is then it throws a question over Genesis. Bible study that I’ve indulged in recently is claiming that God created the earth in 7 literal days. The Young Earth theorists have us believe that the planet is not 2 billion years old but in fact closer to 6000 years old.
So which is it?
But let’s say both are correct – the teachings of Paul (and incidentally James) both disagree starkly with Jesus Himself, who stated that only the Father knows the time of his return. Are we to believe that The Father, who would not tell even the Son when he would return, should have changed his mind and told Paul and James – and then done so ambiguously?
Seems to me that Paul and James should have stuck to the story. Then we would not even be going over this.
Is not one of the tests of false prophets to examine what they say and see if it came true? In this case, it definitely did not.
This leads me back to where I was the other week. I can believe in Jesus, and I can accept the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John because they were there and were re-counting what Jesus had done. I am very very doubtful about Paul, and even the other apostles books. After all, in the first four books the apostles are always getting told off by Jesus for getting things wrong. Did they suddenly start getting them right when they wrote their letters? I doubt it. Count how many times Jesus said ‘Get away from me Satan’ to the apostles and see what I mean. But I’d like to be shown where I’ve gone wrong 🙂