Three Reasons why Jesus is Not Coming Back

1. He plainly said he was going to come back within the lifetimes of the people in the New Testament. He didn’t. Now we have all sorts of strange theological interpretations to explain this away.

2. It has been 2000 years. The only reason anyone thinks this is reasonable is because every individual human lives a short time. If anyone had the pleasure of living the time from then until now, he would have gotten the message by now.

3. Give the world a closer look. Look at the things that people are discovering. Look at scientific progress. What do we notice about these things? They are in progress. They are “going somewhere.” There is a sense that we are going to make even more new scientific discoveries for a long time hence. People are going to figure lots of things out.

Now, let us assume that the universe was designed by God. In that case, it is plain as day that there is a story in progress, and that nobody is going to shut the whole universe down and interrupt it.

“Let’s create the Higgs boson. They’ll build this huge machine capable of detecting it… and then I’ll swoop down and end the universe and sort people into heaven and hell before they get a chance.”

“Let’s create a physics much different from the physics of heaven (since, you know, entropy and stuff). We’ll let them get about 80% of the way to figuring it all out before we shut things down.”

Now let’s assume that the universe wasn’t designed by God. In that case it’s easy to believe that a black hole might swallow the earth, or an asteroid might end human history without any sympathy, at any time–and indeed, we take these possibilities seriously. But if you believe in an all-powerful God, you can’t believe that. You have to admit that it makes zero, zilch, zip sense for God to bring all this to a grinding halt, because we are in the middle of a whole bunch of long-running enterprises (which he created for us to piece together, right?), and they are all clearly unfinished. And it could go on like this for pretty much as long as we exist.

If you look around, you can see that there’s no reason God would let it get to this point, after all this time, and then stop the show. It radically departs from our experience. Most people would not even know what was happening–they wouldn’t say “oh no, I was wrong, Jesus is back,” they’d say “what? Who?” We’ve got even more “unreached” people today than we had 2000 years ago.

When the Harold Camping debacle was going on, mainstream Christians joined in the fun and said that Camping was crazy. How is he any less crazy than Christians who thinks it’s going to happen on some other day? The “crazy” part isn’t that he thought he knew the date–the “crazy” part was thinking it was actually going to happen.

Deep down, you don’t think Jesus is coming back either. Just try waking up each day and asking yourself: is this the day? Should the stock traders all go home? You know it isn’t the day. All it takes is the brief extrapolation that each day, you know it isn’t going to be the day. It isn’t ever going to be the day.

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Whenever I used to think about my own death, I used to secretly think that maybe Jesus would come back before I had to die, since we were living in the end times. Of course I really hoped that didn’t happen before I got married and had sex, because that would suck.

Hey, I’m not the only one to have had this crazy thought. It probably ran through every male evangelical’s mind–I recall a sermon by Charles Price where he quoted a friend of his:

“I know when Jesus will come back,” recounted Price, “it’ll be on my wedding night. We’ll just be on our way back to the motel and *poof* ah, just my luck.”

This is what we used to spend our time thinking about. Anyway, don’t worry (or do worry, depending on how you feel about it), because Jesus isn’t coming back, and therefore he isn’t coming back before we die. People might deny the former, but as time goes on, they will find it hard to deny the latter; and eventually they will have to accept it.

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18 Responses to “Three Reasons why Jesus is Not Coming Back”

  1. dd80411a Says:

    Where does Jesus “plainly” say he was coming back within the lifetime of the people in the first century? I am curious about this statement. Thanks

  2. No problem:

    (NIV Matthew 10:23) When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

    (NIV Matthew 16:27-28) For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.

    (NIV Matthew 24:34) I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

    That’s plain. Some people try to interpret the second verse as meaning the transfiguration. The only reason I can think of for saying that, is to account for why the plain reading didn’t happen.

    Paul (and others) also thought Jesus was coming back very soon (1 Corinthians 7:29), telling people not to seek wives if they had none, but not to get rid of them if they were married. This is not long-term advice. He also refers to “we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:15).

    Furthermore: “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18)

    • Rev. R. Johnson Says:

      So, who cares? Why is this important? You sound more like a jilted lover than a rational, evidence-based free thinker.

      • I don’t understand your comment, Reverend. Christians care, and it’s important to them because it’s what they believe. By extension, it’s important to me because I care about putting forth reasons why Christians are wrong.

        I can understand how you, as a Christian, might want me to feel like a jilted lover. But the tone is intended to show Christians that they ought to feel jilted by Jesus (since he isn’t coming back), not to express my disappointment.

  3. I never knew that about the second coming. That’s huge!

  4. Ya know, people will say anything, look for anything to keep them from following the truth, so they won’t have to be accountable and not live a Christian life! Jesus wasn’t referring to the people in the 1st century. He was referring to people in the future. Jesus is coming back hate to break the news to you.

  5. No, I don’t know that. We were all raised to believe that unbelievers are “trying to avoid being accountable,” but in my real-life experience, they just don’t believe, the same way I don’t believe 1+1=3. Besides–the Christian life in the modern West is not hard. Why “look for reasons” not to live it? It is fun, easy, loving and rewarding. In fact my life got a lot worse after I stopped believing, though perhaps it’s recovering somewhat, these days.

    As for your last two sentences, there’s no argument there… just an assertion that my argument is wrong. So I’ve got nothing to say.

  6. They just found recently what could well be the very tomb of Jesus and his family in Jerusalem, along with the tomb of the guy that crucified him, along with another tomb with the sign of Jonah on it. If this is really Jesus’s tomb, then they found his bone box, which means he died a physical death, buried and put in a bone box. He’s not coming back, he lives in all of us, and we make choices that shape our destiny, then we die, and thats it. Spirituality, the afterlife, heaven, etc are interesting concepts.

  7. 1. Nothing much ever comes of those things. They usually turn out to be forgeries. In this case it is old news and the material has been around for some time.

    2. The names on those ossuaries were common at the time and there is no way to prove, scientifically or otherwise, that any remains correspond to the Jesus described in the Bible

    3. The entire Christian religion is based upon Jesus having been resurrected and raised to heaven. If he was neatly buried in a tomb with an inscription, someone would have probably pointed this out, and Christianity would have died. So I would not expect to find any identifiable remains of Jesus’ body.

  8. savedbychrist Says:

    so, For those of you that don’t believe the word of God is real and true dispite prophecy and historical accuracy…..Good luck or peace to you what ever your kind of spiritualism says, when the anti christ comes, Don’t take the mark….. This for the guy who started this post….God Bless you for fulfilling bible prophesy. 2 Peter 3:4 New International Version (NIV)

    4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

  9. I like to debate and discuss with people, but you didn’t give me anything to respond to. You just said Christian stuff. Kind of like an automaton.

    Also, it’s “despite.”

    A prophecy that predicts that people will wonder why it hasn’t been fulfilled is not very impressive. For instance, I predict that you will spontaneously combust sometime in the future. NOW, I predict that you will mock me as time goes on, and doubt that it will ever happen.

    Aha. Gotcha.

    • Terry Woebegone Says:

      Haha. That’s a good one. I like his snotty “Christian” response blessing you for fulfilling prophecy. And even more to the point, Christianity is based on the concept of original sin, and since no one can prove Adam ever existed or the the creation story isn’tjust another myth, it’s basis is flawed.

  10. Joel Claunch Says:

    The world is a horrible place, always has been. Thanks god. He should beg us for forgiveness. Faith is for suckers.

  11. Hi everyone,

    There is no need to talk about this particular issue purely to stimulate responses that either go for or against it if all you are doing is interpreting biblical scripture based on your personal perceptions of what you think is or should be against what it was intended to be and how it will eventually play out regardless of your opinions.

    If you think Jesus is not a physical manifestation of God, then you have nothing to be concerned about. If you believe Jesus is the true savior and that he is coming back (sooner or later) then be steadfast in your faith and keep on keeping on…

    Why then do we feel the urge to reach out to others about our personal thoughts about Religion, spirituality, purpose of life and what happens when we die?

    Could it be that all of us are looking for absolution that will give personal contentment (peace) that the life that we are currently living has no consequences whatsoever but only because God does not exist?… for if he does exist then maybe we should live a more spiritually defined live that guarantees a Heavenly abode after life rather than an eternal pit of fire.

    • Calling the blazing obvious, plain reading of it a “personal perception” is a bit of a stretch. If it were really so ambiguous, C.S. Lewis would not have called it the most embarrassing verse in the Bible.

      If you had briefly surveyed the nature of this blog, you’d have noticed that I started out writing it as a Christian and that by the end I had lost my faith. Why do I feel the need to reach out to others about my personal thoughts? Because being raised Christian had a massive effect on my life, and so I choose to talk about it–the reasons why I changed my mind about it, and the reasons why nobody else should teach it to their kids, who have no choice in the matter.

      Your penultimate sentence is not very well constructed. But in any case, if you asking whether my motive is to assure myself that there are no consequences for my actions in the afterlife, I can assure you that it’s not. The idea of hell is ridiculous, but as for the idea of some kind of afterlife justice, I’d be all over that.

  12. Hi again,

    Don’t mind my sentence structuring, its been a while since I’ve last effectively put words together.

    Looking for reasons to the many “whys” of christianity can easily make one lose heart/faith… the primary questions would be; “what should I believe?” “why should I believe it?” and maybe “how can I believe it?

    Questions are easy to ask, its the answers that determine (I believe) who we truly are, after all, the choices that we make based on the questions that we ask ourselves define us as individuals.

    What separates believers from non-believers could possibly be that they choose to have faith while their counterparts choose to have evidence when it comes down to the heart of the matter.

    And Christianity is all about Faith, Hope and Salvation.

    The idea of eternal happiness or eternal pain is ( to put it simply) the most absolute scenario of reward and punishment for all of mankind depending on the free will granted to them by God to Choose for themselves whether to accept or reject his Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Everything else is basically mankind just trying to make sense of everything.

    • I certainly didn’t have a choice. I tried to keep believing it at the time, but I was unable to. I can’t just choose to think it’s true any more than I can choose to think the sky is green.

  13. Joel Claunch Says:

    Epicurus summed it up PERFECTLY: “Is god willing but unable to stop evil? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able but unwilling? Then he is malevolent. Is he willing and able? Then how does evil exist? Is he unwilling and unable? THEN WHY CALL him GOD?” Check and mate.

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