Christians, You Have A Wait Problem

Weight is a sensitive subject and those who struggle with it don’t like to talk about it much. If you have a weight problem, you might try to hide it or deny that you have a problem at all. What about a wait problem? As in the “we’re still waiting for Jesus to return” wait problem? What about that pesky 2000+ year wait problem Christians have? Are people willing to be honest and confront their issues with their millennia-old wait or are people going to pretend that there’s no problem? Like those battling issues with their physical weight, Christians tend to deny they have a divine wait problem and instead try to convince people that scripture isn’t wrong and Jesus isn’t late, but our interpretation of his timing is what’s wrong.

If you read your Bible, you’ll see that people who walked and talked with Jesus were under the impression that after he ascended to Heaven following the crucifixion, he would return in their lifetime. Why would they believe that? He told them so. In Matthew 24, Jesus talks about many things that will happen leading up to the end of all things and his return. In verse 34, he says this of all of those prophecies: “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” I’m not an expert, but that generation has long since passed and we’re still waiting on you-know-who. In Revelation 22:7 Jesus says, “Look, I am coming soon!” Some versions say “quickly” instead of “soon”, but over two thousand years later, it has been neither quickly nor soon…or at all. Still no Jesus. There are those who say that “quickly” refers to how Jesus will arrive, not when. He’ll arrive like a thief in the night.People would like for you to believe that we will have no idea when Jesus will return because of how suddenly it will happen. These same people will then point you to all the prophetic events that MUST happen before Jesus returns. If we witness all of this prophecy being fulfilled, then it won’t be like a thief in the night, will it? We’ll see it happening and will be able to infer that Jesus is on his way. So which is it? Will we see the signs or will it be sudden, like a thief in the night? It can’t be both.

There’s a problem with the Christian religion that Christians do not like to talk about; being wrong. There have been multiple incorrect predictions of Jesus’ return or the end of the world by many people over the years. People always like to try to predict things and be right. That’s nothing new and it isn’t really a big deal. But when the “Holy” texts are wrong and scripture fails to deliver on its promises, that should be a big deal for the faithful…and yet it’s not. There’s always an excuse as to why prophecy has failed to come to fruition. “You are misreading or misinterpreting the text” or “prophecy has been fulfilled, but you just don’t want to recognize it” or “God’s timing is not our timing.” There’s always a reason for why Jesus, who was expected to return to earth over 2000 years ago, has not showed his face.

The issue I have with people waiting and watching for Jesus isn’t a problem with superiority or bigotry. It isn’t a hatred of religion. The issue I have with these “wait-watchers” isn’t that they believe in something I don’t. I was once one of them. The issue I have is the same issue with the other weight problem. It’s unhealthy. Carrying extra pounds on your body puts stress on your organs. It causes everything from diabetes to heart disease and I have lost loved ones to both. Carrying extra “wait” causes people to neglect issues facing the world today and causes people to instead resort to prayer to solve problems. Waiting on a solution ensures that no solution will be found and problems continue. Putting all of your hopes and dreams on a story whose ending was supposed to be written thousands of years ago is not healthy.

You can argue that Jesus isn’t late. He’ll arrive precisely when he means to. That is fine if you have another source outside of the Bible to back that up. Otherwise, you are ignoring “God’s word” and instead are choosing to believe in something that was promised but never came to fruition. I would argue that Jesus is indeed late. Not just 2000+ years late, but “late” late. As in when you die, you are referred to as late. “The late Jesus of Nazareth”, if he indeed existed, was no more than a man according to the evidence we have. He is entitled to all the benefits of any other deceased person. He can be remembered and revered, but that should be the end of it. He is late and has been for a long, long time. At some point we need to let him go.

I don’t know why Christianity has endured for so long. I really don’t. The faithful will say it’s because it is all true. They will say this to you with a straight face while ignoring all of the scripture that promises much more than what their religion has delivered. And so they wait. Year after year, they wait. No matter what problems we face here on earth, they wait because they claim it is part of a bigger plan. They wait for someone to return and make it all better instead of using their own abilities to make things better. To me, that’s a wait problem. Here’s the skinny: there is no conclusive evidence that the Jesus we read about in the Bible existed. If he did, there is zero evidence that he was divine. And lastly, there is absolutely no evidence that he will return to this earth. So why are you waiting?

If you have extra weight on your body, removing it will make you healthier. If you have extra wait in your spiritual life, removing that will make you healthier as well. It might take some extra will power and it may even take a support group, but it can be done. You might not see it at first, but when you do this there won’t be anything you lose that you will miss…because you never needed it to begin with.

22 thoughts on “Christians, You Have A Wait Problem

  1. The Greatest Scam in the history of humankind, the supernatural and with the other delusions of religion: salvation, resurrection, ascension, eternal souls, and most of all a personal god of love and celestial, sensual delight. GROG

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    1. Yes and it was a good scam. It convinced and continues to convince billions. Yet when given enough thought, most people would say that they rely on faith and not evidence because the evidence isn’t there. Believing to believe is a strange concept to me now but once I was completely okay with it. The scam got me good. I now look for evidence to form my beliefs. My search for evidence now leads me away from religion… not towards it.

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  2. Ben: You’ve got it right; Jesus was an apocalyptic JEWISH preacher that fully believed the “Kingdom of God” would arrive in his lifetime. This is very clear from HIS sayings; forget about Paul who was a charlatan and a con man. If Jesus believed that he was the messiah (there are some questions about this) he certainly found out very quickly that he was mistaken once he was arrested and scourged. That was not supposed to happen to the messiah. This may be one of the reasons he tells his disciples that one or two swords was enough; they weren’t going to be needed when he turned his attention to Rome. Unfortunately, as with so many others, he was mistaken and he suffered the brutal price extracted by one of the most ruthless prefects Rome every had, Pontus Pilate. And let’s dispense with another Christian myth: the resurrection. Jesus hung on that cross until his bones fell off from natural processes of decay. There is no way Pilate – who frequently scourged and executed his own men – was going to let a Jew off the cross for anyone, let alone “Joseph of Arimathea” a completely made up character from a completely fabricated town. (Ever hear of anyone else coming from Arimathea? Have you ever seen a map where it is displayed? No. No one has.) Pilate was of a cruelty that was in a league of his own; in fact, he was eventually brought back to Rome because he was TOO brutal. Pilate would never have handed Jesus off to anyone, especially for creating havoc during the Passover, when Rome was on high alert for just such trouble makers. Good post, Ben.

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    1. Thank you.

      You’ve made some excellent points here. Points that believers ignore because it clashes with their cherished beliefs. I know that I personally ignored the contradictions and the parts of the Bible I didn’t like because I wanted to maintain belief. That’s outrageously dishonest and yet believers do it by the billions.

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  3. Sometimes waiting makes a problem go away, although my wife might disagree, it works for me.
    I do have a new sort of feeling about this whole faith thing. Unless you have the strength to stand up against overwhelming peer and societal pressure and call it all what you know it is…you need someone telling you what to do and what to believe. Until then, they’re not ready to be their own boss. So faith it is, no matter how ridiculous the wait.

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    1. There are many who would rather have someone else telling them what to believe, and it will always be that way. Some people, like a Christian friend of mine, don’t seem to trust themselves either, so they’re happy to be boxed in with rules and regulations.

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      1. Working out these details does take a little effort too. I guess I’m just a little more curious than taking someone’s word for most anything. On our own observations we can really find some interesting truths. But, anything worth doing is usually too hard.

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    1. Exactly right. I wish I had never been part of it, but in a way I am glad. I can now share from living on both sides of religion. When I was a believer, I couldn’t fathom a reasonable explanation non-believers had that could justify unbelief. It made no sense to me to not have faith. Now that I am one of them, I can completely understand. It’s the other side, the believing side, that seems so foreign to me. My believing brain was locked in the faith position.

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  4. Nice essay, Ben! You have a talent for logical thinking that I am envious of.

    Interestingly enough, Jesus himself actually said very little that directly addressed the end of the world, and what he did say was rather vague. Most of what the more apocalyptic Christian sects believe about the so-called “end times” comes from writers that never knew Jesus personally, and lived decades, even centuries after he died. In other words, the writers pretty much just made it all up.

    Revelations, the book which influences a lot of these apocalyptic sects, was always controversial and some versions of the Bible rejected it completely. No one knows exactly who wrote it, but it certainly was not John the apostle. The book was written around 95 AD and John, if he existed at all, would have been long dead by that time. He was possibly talking about Nero and the state of the church as it existed in Rome at the time through allegory. He certainly didn’t mean it to be interpreted literally.

    Basically what it boils down to is that Jesus himself said nothing even remotely close to what modern Christian apocalyptic sects believe about the “end times”. But then again 95% of what a lot of the Christian religions believe isn’t based on anything Jesus himself said but on stuff that was just made up by Paul and others who came later, and often directly contradicts things that Jesus himself was reported to have taught. As so-called Christians always do, they manage to twist and “interpret” whatever they find in the Bible to support their personal beliefs for their own advantage no matter what the original intent of the writer may have been.

    And, of course, you also have to remember that we’re talking about a god who gleefully had little children torn apart by wild animals because they teased a prophet about being bald.

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    1. Thank you. “Twisting and interpreting” by Christians is what needs to be done in order for things to make sense to them and ease the guilt of believing in lies or contradictions.

      Funny you should mention the story of the bald man and the bears. I wrote a post on my old WordPress site exactly one year ago today that talks about just that. 🙂

      https://learningwhogodisandwhoheisnot.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/children-mauled-by-bears-in-the-name-of-god-you-betcha-if-youre-looking-for-crazy-the-bible-never-disappoints/

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  5. Re “I don’t know why Christianity has endured for so long. I really don’t.” I suspect it is because they tell a whole bunch of sanitized fairly tales to children too young to evaluate their merit. By the time they have developed the ability to challenge those stories they are told the “questioning” is a character flaw and a bad thing and …

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  6. Excellent post, Ben. Both Jesus and Paul believed that God’s Kingdom on Earth was to be established real soon (relative to themselves.) The entire edifice of Christianity is built on this foundation of sand. I don’t understand why most Christians can’t see this. Those who do, insist that the Kingdom was not a real makeover of the world as Jesus preached, but a ‘spiritual’ Kingdom within the individual. That this makes no sense at all, and bears no relation to what the New Testament actually teaches, evades them (or they evade it.)

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    1. Thanks Neil. It’s amazing what you can learn from the Bible if you actually read it. That’s something most Christians don’t actually do. The ones that do read it either ignore the parts they dislike or do some very creative interpretations until they are comfortable with it. Most, from my experience, decide what they want to believe beforehand and then try to fit Christianity into that belief. Attaching Jesus’ name to your own belief system doesn’t make you a Christian. To be a Christian, you need to believe all things in the Bible and actually live it out…all of it.

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    1. I would assume that this post showed up in your WordPress reader because one or more of my tags matched something you were following. I don’t control who sees my posts. That’s a WordPress thing. I don’t know you and I didn’t seek you out. I certainly didn’t force you to read this post. But seeing as how you are here already, let’s talk about your concern…

      You said, “…you are no different from all false teachers…”

      I wrote this post about the promises made in the Bible about the return of Jesus in his “second coming.” According to scripture, he was supposed to return during the lifetime of those who knew him in his time here on Earth. He did not return. I wrote about how Jesus (if he existed) was just a man. And like all men who die, he has not returned. These two things were what this post was about.

      If I made any mistakes, I would have no problem correcting them and issuing an apology. However, just you telling me that I am wrong isn’t good enough. I would need to see some actual evidence that I was, in fact, incorrect. So, let’s recap what was said and then you can set me straight. Here are my two assertions again:

      1.) Jesus, if he existed, was just a man.
      2.) The Bible promised he’d return “soon” and 2000+ years later, there has been no return.

      And here is what you said:

      “…you are no different from all false teachers…”

      In order for me to concede that I was wrong, you need to show me how I am just another “false teacher.” You must have some evidence that I was wrong, no? Otherwise, why would you get so upset with my words that you took the time to tell me so? So let’s hear it. Tell me why I am wrong AND how you know. Show me that Jesus was more than a man and that he has indeed returned soon as promised. That should be easy. If I am wrong and you know for a fact that my words are false, then you must have the proof needed to get me to reverse my position.

      I was a Christian for nearly all of my life until I could no longer continue to make excuses for a religion that operates on ancient hearsay and gut feelings. I needed some evidence in order to continue to believe. There is none. All there is for “evidence” is a book with stories in it. It contains promises, promises and more promises. The problem is that when you take it at its word, you find that the promises are empty. There is no answer to prayer. There is no response whatsoever when you talk to God. There is no outside corroboration of anything divine. The Bible is a mess of errors, contradictions and mythology. It’s a book full of magic and wonder, but all of that magic and wonder stays on the pages. That magic and wonder doesn’t cross over from the words into our reality. If that’s the best evidence you’ve got, I don’t think I’ll change my views and give you that apology.

      So, the Bible aside, what else do you have? I’m quite interested in hearing some actual evidence. In fact, I searched for some for many years. Maybe you have it and God placed my post in front of your eyes to reach me. You might just be the one person out there with the answers I need to get me to come back and see the light. I’m all ears. Let me hear what you’ve got and we’ll talk about it.

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