Thursday, May 03, 2012

Parousia put on hold?

Follow my logic.

According to this poll: 22% of people think the end will occur within their lifetime.

Now, Jesus warns that his parousia, his second coming, will take place like a thief in the night--i.e., when no one is expecting him to come.
Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matt 24:42-44).
So, should I conclude from this that Jesus isn't coming any time soon?

[NB: Lest I get any concerned comments, this post is dripping in sarcasm.]


Br Jack+, LC said...

Well, sarcasm aside, Jesus was NOT talking about the "Second Coming" in Matthew 24 (or parallels). He was talking about the (then) coming fall of Jerusalem.

John Bergsma said...

Since 78% of people aren't expecting him within their lifetime, and he is going to come when people don't expect him, maybe there's a 78% chance he will come within our lifetime.

De Maria said...

Only 22% of people think the end will occur within their lifetime? I'm surprised.

Trinity said...

Jesus second coming has and is taking place since His Assentation to the Father. He said, “I say to you that this generation shall not pass till all these things be done”. Why do we place him in our time frame when to him there is only now? “Then two shall be in the field. One shall be taken and one shall be left.” All the Fathers will has been done, but we living in the world are trapped in time as he is not. So we see individually, that is one person at a time, as he sees universally, that is one creation, the Body of Christ. All that is ,is in this present moment.