I’d like to summarize that Forum for those of you who couldn’t attend, and offer some further thoughts.
The first thing to remember whenever someone says, “The Bible says ________” about anything (the use of wealth, homosexuality, the role of women in leadership positions, who Jesus is and how we are saved, etc.) is that “the” Bible is not “a” singular book, but a library of books: 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.
Ask yourself: how would you react if someone walked up to you and said, “You know, the library says that________”?
You’d think that’s a crazy thing to say. And you’d be right.
There were many different apocalyptic theories that were out there before Jesus’ time, and even in the New Testament, there is not one or two, but three or four different takes on the Second Comi…