May 18th, 2007
It’s easy to think up problems with someone else’s plan, particularly if you’re naturally pessimistic. It’s easy to see all the things which could go wrong, and it’s easy to spot possible character flaws in other people which might cause you to question their motives. With a little bit of practice, anyone can become a seasoned skeptic. The only problem is that, by concentrating on critiquing the immediately verifiable facts, the skeptics are missing the big picture. The train is out of control and will soon be hurtling into some disastrous oblivion unless someone does something about it…
Peter’s Second Letter — Chapter 3
3:1 Dear friends, this is the second letter that I have written to you, to provoke you to think seriously by reminding you 3:2 to think about the messages spoken by the holy prophets in times past, and the instructions of our Lord and Saviour communicated through the apostles. 3:3 Most importantly, understand that in the last days cynics will come, doing whatever pleases themselves, 3:4 and saying, “Where is the second coming that he promised? Since the time when our ancestors died, everything has continued as it has from the beginning of creation.” 3:5 They deliberately ignore the fact that the heavens were created long ago by the voice of God, and the earth was made from the water and surrounded by water. 3:6 Then the world was flooded by water, and destroyed. 3:7 The present heavens and the earth are destined by the same voice of God for fire, which is being kept for the day of judgment and the destruction of ungodly people.
3:8 Do not ignore this one thing, friends: for the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 3:9 The Lord is not slow to keep his promises, as some people think of slowness. He is patient with us, not wanting anyone to be destroyed. He wants everyone to come to repentance. 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. The heavens will disappear with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved in intense heat. The earth and everything done in it will be revealed. 3:11 Since everything will be destroyed like this, what kind of people should you be? You should live holy and godly lifestyles, 3:12 awaiting and looking forward to the coming of the day of God, which will cause the heavens to be vaporised by fire, and the elements to melt in the intense heat. 3:13 We are waiting for the new heaven and the new earth which he has promised, where righteousness lives.
3:14 Dear friends, while you wait for these things, do all you can to ensure that you will be found faultless, pure, and living peacefully. 3:15 Think of the Lord’s patience as meaning salvation, just as our dear brother Paul wisely wrote to you, 3:16 talking about these things as he does in all of his letters. Some of the things he says are hard to understand, and ignorant and indecisive people ruin themselves by twisting the meaning, as they do to the other Scriptures. 3:17 You have been warned in advance, dear friends, so be careful to avoid being led astray by the errors of the cynics, losing your own balance. 3:18 Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever.