John, you got it right. I hated hearing you say it but it's true. I do like to defend what I believe, but my motives, if I'm really being honest with myself, have been to expose the supposed faults of your view and get people to believe like I do.
John is no different. Neither is Linker. He belittles by calling people "son." All of us are here because we like to argue. Only people who like to argue post on discussion boards.
I am disappointed in you for arguing when you are not sure about Preterism. You have undermined it all now. As a result I am deleting my account here.
I am ashamed of you, thinker. Not all of us come here to argue. You have made it abundantly clear that you do however. The mannerisms of your posts are indicative of just that.
And now you use Raggthyme as a scape goat so that you can escape this forum. Pitiful conduct even as a Christian...
And do you really believe that one person's uncertainty undermines it all now? My certainty is not at all undermined.
It seems you lack confidence in what you believe as well - yet you blame Raggthyme for it.Everyone
has undergone some kind of change in theology, whether it be a minor point or major point since they first began their journey. Some of us have learned that because we have changed in some theological view, it means that we were once wrong - since both of the different views can not be right. Some of us have also learned to be a little more tolerant of people and their views. Evidently, you still have need of this lesson.
If near, nigh, quickly, must shortly come to pass, etc. are to have no meaning, then the Bible has no meaning either. It becomes just like those who use 2 Peter 3:8 to explain away time yet are rigid that the thousands (plural) in Revelation are to mean a literal 1000-year millennium. Why can't it be a 24-hour day based upon the SAME
content from 2 Peter 3:8? It works both ways ya know. But that isn't even considered. Why not say that the heavens and earth were created in six thousands years? Huh? Why didn't Christ rise after 3,000 days instead of just 3 days, huh? Why can't you use 2 Peter 3:8 to express time like that. Ohhhhhhh, it's only for eschatology...ya right!
2 Peter 3:8 - But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years
, and a thousand years as one day
I honestly believe that this generation has no clue that Peter was drawing from Psalm 90:4 to express God's complete and utter faithfulness to his promises...but then again, many people here have another meaning for "this generation" apart from its normal usage throughout the New Testament, right?Keep studying, Raggthyme. Don't ever quit.Futurists have no original interpretation of the Scriptures in regard to eschatology.
They do, however, have an original interpretation for every other biblical "ology"
(angelology, Christology, ecclesiology, sotierology, etc.). One must wonder why they are so inconsistent in their hermeneutic structure.
As a preterist having come from this non-audience relevant hermeneutical background, I know why.
Only a 20th century Western cultural and scientific hermeneutic offers up explanations for passages of Scripture that the entire 1st century church would have had NO CLUE. For instance, laser implants for the mark of the beast. Pitiful. Just pitiful...