The Second Coming
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center concerning the Second Coming of Christ got the following response from a majority of Christians – he’s not coming (at least not by the year 2050). Only 32% of Catholics, for example, believe in the Second Coming. The results weren’t totally lopsided, though, as a majority of white evangelicals, people living in the South and those without a high school degree thought that he actually would return. In reviewing the survey data, one could easily draw the conclusion that educated, mainstream Protestants generally don’t believe in the Second Coming.
Other interesting tidbits that most people don’t associate with Christianity:
- Surveys show that 25% of Protestants believe in reincarnation. Side note: The Buddhist Law of Cause and Effect is included in the Bible (i.e. as you sow so shall you reap). So too are the stories of the man who was born blind at birth (from the Book of John) and the identity of John the Baptist (from the Gospel of Matthew), both of which imply reincarnation.
- The concept of the Trinity was not adopted by Christianity until 300 years after Jesus. Side note: The word “trinity” is not even mentioned in the bible.
- The first Bible was actually a Catholic Bible as it was the Catholic Church that originally compiled the Bible. The Catholic Bible was the Christian Bible for over a thousand years of Christianity. Side note: Unfortunately, not too many Christians ever read the Bible in the early years. It wasn’t available to the general public until The Gutenberg Bible was published in the 1450s. Even though there have been changes from the Catholic Bible to the various versions of the Protestant Bible, each bible is considered to be the Word of God by those who use it.
From the disciples perspective, they were certainly disappointed that Jesus did not return in their lifetime, as he had promised them. Yet, 2.000 years later some Christians are still expecting Jesus to return (in their lifetime), hence the poll referenced above. There is no biblical evidence to suggest that Jesus will return although, faith being what it is, believers will believe regardless. There’s certainly nothing wrong with believing in something and hoping that it will happen. Similarly, there is nothing wrong with being certain that it will happen even if that might be illogical and without biblical support.
Down through history (on several occasions), sages, pundits and doomsayers have predicted the end of the world and religious figures have then declared that the so-called End Times were near. Most recently, it was the end of the Mayan Calendar that got everyone excited. Of course, the end of the Mayan Calendar came and went and we’re all still here. What a surprise! Of course, Christianity did sort of get one thing right. Evolution of the species requires that we eventually leave this 3rd dimension plane of existence (the End Times) and ascend into a higher state of consciousness (heaven). This will happen, however, with or without the Second Coming. Besides, if Jesus did return one of three things would happen: His message wouldn’t be understood, or his message would be understood but he would not be believed, or he would be branded a heretic and crucified (again).