Re: [asa] A theology question (imminent return of Christ)

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Tue Oct 07 2008 - 22:46:23 EDT

On Tue, 7 Oct 2008, Dehler, Bernie wrote:

> Here's a question I have.
> In the NT, it is obvious that the disciples thought Jesus would return at any time and that the end was near. For example, that's why in Acts it says the believers had everything in common- sold what they had and shared everything. We would too if we seriously thought Christ would return tomorrow, but we don't really believe it. So we keep our own money- our retirement and college plans for our kids. We don't believe in the imminent return of Christ like the first believers did, as evidenced by our behavior.

It never occurred to me that sharing was an indication of believing that
the end was near. Members of some sects that set dates for Christ's return
quit their jobs and went to a mountain or other remote place to wait for
this event. This contrasts with what the disciples in Jerusalem did. Jesus
taught quite a bit about the fact that his followers would have to undergo
persecution after he left them.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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