So What’s Holding Up Jesus’s Return?

Jim Burroway

September 13th, 2011

Why it’s the Jews, of course.

JohnAGJ

September 13th, 2011

Interesting eschatological views he has but really, so what?

Nick Thiwerspoon

September 13th, 2011

Demented.

Jerry Sloan

September 14th, 2011

“The Jews” that is only half the answer.

The other half of the answer is the failure of the Christians to convert the Jews to Christianty by ANY means.

Richard Rush

September 14th, 2011

It’s rare for a day to go by where I don’t see something that causes me to view religion as just a little more stupid and loathsome than it seemed on the previous day.

San Diego Rob

September 15th, 2011

I thought Jesus would of surely returned when Glen Beck was there last month with his rally.

BlackDog

September 15th, 2011

Given Pat Robertson’s history of saying dumb shit, I wonder why anyone listens to him at all any more.

Ezam

September 15th, 2011

Just because Christians are pro-Israel doesn’t mean they’re pro-Jewish.

Marauder

September 15th, 2011

Yes, Pat Robertson is nuts, but what does that in and of itself have to do with the purpose of this site?

Priya Lynn

September 15th, 2011

He’s anti-gay and anything that demonstrates his insanity also discredits his anti-gay ramblings.

Jerry

September 15th, 2011

There’s a very high probability that he never existed in the first place so there’s no possibility there’s anyone to return.

I certainly don’t expect Zeus to show up either.

Timothy Kincaid

September 20th, 2011

Ezam –

True. But it does pretty much mean – at least in this example – that they are not anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic.

There certainly were some (and still are) especially in the South. But today most conservative evangelical Christians would consider anti-Jewish slurs to be an attack on God’s Chosen People and find them to be offensive.

You might say that compared to Muslims, Mormons, Hindus or Jehovah’s Witnesses (or whatever church across town is competing for congregants), evangelicals find Jews to be their favorite followers of false doctrine.

Priya Lynn,

That’s a good point. When (as is often the case) the anti-gay ramblers say stupid and nutty stuff on other subjects, it builds the association between “anti-gay” and “bat-poop loony”

Jerry,

I think that there’s pretty good evidence that there was a man named Jesus who led some sort of religious movement in Judea. Additionally, it’s pretty well evident that the writers of the gospels – both those canonized and those rejected – were based on pretty close association (if not first hand, then from conversations with those who had seen or heard him). Consider: even “my grandpa told me that when he was a young man, he went to hear that Jesus guy” can be evidence – at least of existence – if enough people had grandpas tell them.

I don’t know of any early refutations of Christianity that used “he didn’t exist” as their premise (though there may have been some) and surely that would have been a most compelling argument if there were not already broad community assumption that he did exist.

(For example, I would say that L Ron Hubbard was a loon. But I wouldn’t argue that he didn’t exist.)

But, of course, who Jesus (Yeshua Ben Yosef) was (or wasn’t) and whether he’s going to return and when are all matters that are open to your interpretation.

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