|Answering The Atheist|
August 6, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 32
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Is the day of the Lord at hand? Some texts say 'yes' (1 Thes 4:15-17; 5:23), other texts say 'no' (2 Thes 2:2-3). Is there a contradiction?
The day of the Lord could come at any time. It was so in the day of the apostle Paul, and is still so today. No one knows the day of the Lord, not even Jesus (Mk 13:32).
The consistent message of the New Testament is that the day of the Lord is at hand. How odd that the writer of 2 Thessalonians should contradict what he had written in the previous letter to these same disciples. The fact is, he did not. Notice:
"...concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come." (2 Thes 2:1-2)
Paul is not saying that the day of the Lord is not at hand, but rather speaking against a false doctrine which had circulated, that "...the day of Christ had come." Paul spoke to Timothy of some who held to this false doctrine (2 Tim 2:17-18).
There is no contradiction here.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible