Jesus’ Failure to Return to Earth as he Prophesied would Falsify any other Religion

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 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?  27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.

—Jesus of Nazareth, Gospel of Matthew 16:24-28

 

[During the process of my deconversion from Christianity] I came to recognize that my instinct for placing the redeemed—including apologists, the New Testament authors, and Jesus himself—in a special untouchable category was a fatal impediment to an honest search for the truth.  Only after this realization could I come to terms with what should otherwise have been plain:  Jesus did not return when he promised he would.

A skeptic could hardly ask for a more objective falsification of any religion:  the religion’s leader prophesies a globally identifiable series of events within a specified time period, but the events do not take place within that time period.  Yet Christianity did not fail after the first generation;  there were already too many believers with too much at stake, and when the fuzzy boundary of one generation was passed, reason was not going to stand in the way of the movement, since reason was not the primary impetus for Christians to believe in the first place.  Instead, various explanations arose to account for what appeared on the surface to be a failed set of prophecies, just as the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses later came up with explanations for their failed prophecies.

Those who expect Jesus to return and take them to glory appear to be resting on a false hope.

 

—Ken Daniels, former evangelical Christian missionary in his book, “Why I Believed”

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3 thoughts on “Jesus’ Failure to Return to Earth as he Prophesied would Falsify any other Religion

  1. “I think that’s why I was more convinced that God exists at the end of my science degree than when I began. My mind had been opened – though it took some time before I truly adopted Christian faith. But I grew up in a secular environment. Neither of my parents were practising Christians. I came to faith in my late 20s, after a lot of searching. It requires a lot of independent thought, as I’ve written elsewhere, to break out of the secular, atheistic worldview we are immersed in. It takes effort and courage. Becoming a Christian helped me to open my mind further. Though now, I absolutely, without hesitation, believe orthodox Christianity to be true.”

    “(Daniels) says that his deconversion was purely because he ‘weighed the evidence’ (p.56).

    However, I do not see this careful ‘weighing’ in his book, which leaves me puzzled. He read fairly widely, yet often confidently makes assertions without apparently being aware of some of the counter-arguments. He seems to me, to be trying to convince himself that God’s not real. ”

    https://heathert.org/2016/01/23/why-did-kenneth-w-daniels-lose-his-faith-a-christian-response-to-his-book/

    She says she came to faith while pursuing a science degree. Read it for yourself…

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    1. And many thousands of people have converted to Islam and Mormonism based on their alleged “thorough review of the evidence”. Google them and read THEIR testimonies.

      The cold, hard fact is that Jesus made a prediction and the prediction did not come true. Period. He is a failed prophet even by the standards of the Jewish faith he grew up in.

      He was not a god.

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    2. If you read former missionary Ken Daniel’s book, he gives a VERY long list of books which he read during his struggle to maintain his faith, written by Christian apologists. He did NOT deconvert on a whim. He did NOT deconvert because he didn’t consider or study both sides of the argument.

      The truth is this: conservative Christians are NEVER satisfied with the number of scholarly books that a former-Christian-turned-skeptic has read. I know this by experience. Conservative Christians will continue recommending books until either one of two things happens: Either they run out of Christian books, or, the skeptic recants his unbelief, and comes back into the fold (cult).

      (And I would wager that if Christians were to run out of books, before accepting that the skeptic has read enough scholarship to make an informed decision, they will insist that the skeptic start the entire process over; reading all the Christian books he/she has already read.)

      This is a typical cult tactic: Attack the credibility of the ex-member to avoid defending the gaping deficiencies in their belief system.

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