(August 29, 2018) Dr Jim McClure, straight shooting theologian, shares…
‘Whenever I ask anyone about Jesus’ second coming, I seem to be given an answer that differs from other answers I’ve received from others.’
So wrote a concerned reader, adding, ‘Can you please give me an easy answer to my question: What can we know for sure about the return of Jesus?’
Easy answers can be suspect!
I wish I could give an easy answer to your question… but, like many things theological, an easy answer is often suspect!
The problem is that in the Bible God reveals to us many things that are not easy to grasp but he nevertheless wants us to be aware of them. To help us he uses what theologians call ‘language of accommodation‘ – that is – terminology with which we are familiar to give us some insight into things that are unfamiliar.
The matter raised by this perturbed reader is in the area of eschatology, or concerning the doctrine of ‘last things.’ With reference to the return of Jesus Christ…
- We know generally what is going to happen but –
- We do not know precisely how it is going to happen.