Having “fact checkers” has become a frequent theme in the news media. When I see a Facebook news report post, even though Facebook has a “fact checking program”, I remain skeptical. There are other fact checking solutions, like Snopes and many others. Frequently, I find posts or news items that are wrong or at best, inaccurate or incomplete. Sometimes the tool being used to determine truth is broken. That is often the case regarding our view of the past, present, future and eternity.
Where is the Promise?
Scoffers have said something. Scoffers are saying something. Scoffers will say something. It really hasn’t changed, and the end results haven’t changed. Scoffers say this: “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” This is a legitimate question. But their tool for measurement is wrong. They are using a clock and calendar that don’t align with God’s view of time and eternity. They are skeptical and impatient, but God is patient with a purpose. Peter says many overlook one fact.
One Fact About God
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” 2 Peter 3:8-13 (ESV)
How to Fact Check the Bible
One of the best ways to check the facts regarding truth in the Bible is to read the Old Testament prophecies. Look for what is said about the Messiah. Then look at the New Testament and see if the facts check. I’ve done that. They do check out.
For those of you who believe the scriptures. Take comfort. Take courage. The current mess will be cleaned up. Just remember God’s patience has a purpose.