RE: [asa] Radioactive decay of U-238 is imminent (just wait a few billion years)

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Mon Jan 26 2009 - 23:36:43 EST

On Mon, 26 Jan 2009, Dehler, Bernie wrote:

> Hi Pastor Murray-
> I think the general population knows what "imminent" means. I think there's some push in theological circles to explain it away, because if not, it looks like the Bible has an error, since it clearly teaches the return of Christ is imminent and that the early believers thought so, and were wrong. The Bible can't be wrong, therefore imminent can't mean what most people think it means. I think this judgment is validated by the quote you gave below- reprinted here- emphasis mine:

No English translation of the Bible that I know of uses the word
"imminent" in connection with the Second Coming. It occurs in some
relatively recent creedal statements. It is a word employed by
theologians and should be given their intended meaning if their doctrine
is being discussed.

Both II Peter 3 and the Olivet Discourse counsel being ready but also
being patient. II Peter 3 refers to the last days in such a way as to
suggest that they are in the indefinite future.

I checked twenty different English translations, and the only occurrences
of the word "imminent" were as follows: II Peter 1:14 (New American
Standard Bible); Matthew 27:24 (The Message); Jeremiah 4:5 (New King James
Version); Jeremiah 9:4 (Holman Christian Standard Bible). In no case was
the Second Coming the topic.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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