Jesus: False Prophet, Liar, Fraud!
Jesus made several prophecies (24th chapter of
Matthew) that later proved false. He predicted to the people of that ancient era
the rapture (v. 31), the "end of the world" (v. 3,13), Judgment Day (v. 50-51),
THE Second Coming (v. 30), would all occur
within their lifetime (i.e. within the First Century), they would live to
see it all before they died. Jesus told them "ALL these
things will happen
before the people now living have all died."1
Another translation words it "some of the people of this generation will
still be alive when all this happens"2 while a
third renders it "… while the people of this time are still living!"3
Elsewhere Jesus predicted to his disciples that he was "about4
to come …with his angels, and…
reward each one according to his deeds (i.e.
judgment day). I assure you that there are
some here (i.e. in 33 AD) who will
not die until they have seen the Son of Man
[Jesus] come as King."5 Jesus promised that not only would The
Second Coming occur within the lifetime of his First Century disciples, it would
even occur within the lifetime of Caiaphas7 (who tried him) and the
Roman soldiers6 (who crucified him).
As evidence his disciples took him at his word, we find
this doctrine being put into practice in the early Christian community.
Believing the end of the world to be approaching, Jesus had told his disciples
to get rid of all their possessions8 (as did the Millerites under
similar delusions, in the 1840's). This they gladly did after Jesus' death11.
And the Apostle Paul ordered Christians not to waste time getting married for "considering
the present distress, I think it is better for a man to stay as he is …don't
look for a wife. …There is not much time left … For this world,
as it is now,
will not last much longer."9 These doctrines made
sense because they trusted Jesus about the "end of the world"
being imminent. Modern churches aren't so trusting; they've done a 180° on Paul
(weddings now providing big revenue, and they love $$$ more than Paul), as well
as a 180° on Jesus' command to impoverish oneself
(teaching just the opposite- be a good Republican & stuff your pockets as much
as you can while screwing the poor).
|C.S. Lewis, the
popular Christian author, wrote in one of his last books...
||"The World's Last
Night", on pages 97 to 100, that...
Here are the words of C.S. Lewis:
"…But there is worse to come.
`Say what you like' we shall be told, `the apocalyptic beliefs of the
first Christians have been
proved to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that they all
expected the Second Coming in their own
lifetime. And, worse still, they had a reason, and one which you will
find very embarrassing.
Their Master had told
them so. He shared, and indeed
delusion. He said in so many words,
this generation shall not pass till all these things be done. And he
was wrong. He clearly knew no more about the end of
the world than anyone else.' It is certainly the most embarrassing
verse in the Bible. …The one exhibition of
error and the one confession of
ignorance grow side by side. …The facts, then, are these: that Jesus
professed himself (in some sense) ignorant, and within a moment
showed that he really was
(1)Mt 24:34 TEV (2)Mt 24:34 CEV (3)Mt
24:34 NCV (4) from the Greek "mello" meaning "on the verge of". (5)Mt 16:
27-28 TEV (6)Rev. 1:7 (7)Mt 26: 63-64 (8)Lk 12:33, 18:22 (9)1Cor 7:26-31 TEV
(10)World's Last Night, CS Lewis, Harcourt & Brace, NY 1988 pp 97-100
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