Do you believe in Paul, or Paul's disciples, and how can you tell which is which?

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

-- I Thessalonians 4: 13 - 18

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

-- I Thessalonians 5: 1, 2

Question: Do you really think that his vision in the preceding chapter was descriptive of a thief in the night? "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; ..." Do you see the inconsistency? ... AND SO SOON!!!

Or do you believe in Christ and His apostles?

Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.

-- II John 1: 9

Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or, 'There it is!' For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst."

-- Luke 17: 20, 21

"The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. "Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Star of Bethlehem

-- Matthew 13: 41 - 43

I believe in the teaching of Christ!
But why would God allow Paul to err?
I believe in the teaching of Paul!

This page was first posted in January 2000 and last revised on March 10, 2005.

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