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Matthew 24 and the Second Coming

I have struggled for many years with Jesus' words in Matthew 24 about what appears to be his second coming.  The problem is that sentence just after he tells of his climatic coming: "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled" (ver.34).  The problem is that it is almost certain that "this generation" refers to the people living in Jesus' day.  If the previous verses (vs. 29-33) are a reference to the Second Coming, it appears that Jesus is predicting his coming within that very generation.

Over the years, atheists (such as Betrand Russell, among others) have picked up on this and used this as a reason why they rejected the Christian faith.  If Jesus did predict his coming before that generation passed away, then he simply was wrong.  His prophesy was false.  And so he is not who the Church claims he is: namely, the Son of God and Savior of the world.

The Church has also struggled with this over the years, quite…

Thoughts on Health Food and the Bible

It seems that today, many families are into the health food craze.  They tell us that we really must drop all processed foods and eat only organic food, only grass-fed beef, etc., etc., etc.   And they've all watched Food, Inc. it seems.

Well, that's all fine as far as it goes.  If you've got the money to buy food at your local health food emporium, go for it.  I'm poor, so I shop at Walmart, and so, . . . well, you get the idea. 

But what really irks me is when people begin to look down their nose at you if you don't follow them down the path of "eating responsibly."  Especially if they profess to be Christian.  In fact, you get the idea from some that if you're not eating "right" (according to the standards of the health food people) then you're just not cutting it spiritually.  I beg to differ.  In fact, I don't really think God cares about it that much.  Here's why.

Under the Old Covenant, God told his people Israel not to e…