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About my Blog

The goal is to bring a concise apologetic answer to issues of doctrine and theology presented by Preterists, and answers in general. Many people give answers and express opinions but the question to ask is this? To what degree does the person's credibility lend to the accuracy of the answer; How much education does the person have; Are they really qualified to answer theologically? This is not meant to be a put down of people but we must rely on sound theology for answers, no one wants "half" answers nor answers that necessarily agree with our own but we want the truth that is derived from scriptures, and that based on accurate interpretation. Many people have opinions but the point is to arrive at the truth through discussion and examination: to see where we err and so correct those errors based on sound logic and reasoning from the whole of the council of scriptures. Our goal is not to make our doctrine fit our opinion but fit our opinion to correct doctrine. Scriptures must define our belief system and not our belief system defining the meaning of scriptures. The honest scholar looks to shape his doctrine but what he learns from scriptures in every verse. Sadly much of what we see and hear in answer is people citing their pet verse while not comprehending that their interpretation is contradictory to another specific passage.

Physical Return of Christ

The Preterist denies that Christ exist in heaven still in his glorified body, in which Philippians 3:21 states that Christ in heaven has, they will argue its not a physical body yet every scriptures tells us a body is always "physical", and there is not one scriptures that will teach a body can be just like a spirit, immaterial. They will claim Christ shed his body after he ascended or that it changed to "spirit" but they can not produce one scripture that says so. An apologetic will answer why he has a body in heaven from scriptures and what is it's purpose.` It will explain theologically why Jesus became a man and remains a man for all eternity. (Jesus is fully God and Fully man) The reason the Preterist must deny Christ is still physical is because IF he had returned in AD 70, then a physical body would have been seen, but since they know there is no evidence of Christ being seen, yet they claim he came, so it had to be an "invisible" appearing in the spiritual realm which means Christ can not have a physical body.. This is how they force scripture to fit their paradigm and why we must provide a sound answer. Incorrect doctrine leads to confusion which, as Paul states, causing problems with peoples faith. Contradictions destroys a person ability to trust that scriptures are true for if it can be proven scriptures are wrong in any area then how we can we trust anything in our bible.

Bodily Resurrection

There has not been a more contested doctrine by Preterists than the denial of the Physical/Bodily Resurrection of the saints and the change of those who are alive.
I Corinthians 15 demands  a literal body arises from the same place in which it was buried and that those alive would be changed and both groups would be caught up to meet Christ as He returns.

The Preterists knows this event did not occur literally but demands it did, so changes the nature of The Resurrection to be a spiritual one while others deny is has anything to do with individual people being physically raised but being raised into the Body of Christ. 

Hyper -Preterism is the extreme belief that all scriptures are to be interpreted  "spiritually", and not literally. and so the Preterists must be "hyper' about the Resurrection of the dead and the physical bodily return of Christ in which he appears to every person when he comes, by denying it.

What is Resurrection

        “The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared too many.” Math 27 . We understand Matthew’s gospel was written years after the events and no other gospel writer’s mentions this event, yet we do not question the validity of the event. With the “resurrection” of Lazarus, the resurrection of Mathew 27:52-53 and Jesus coming out of the tomb, Paul’s teaching that the dead will come out of their tombs with these example we then know when Paul spoke of “the resurrection of the dead” he is speaking of the dead bodies coming out of the grave as the disciples witnessed these three events. The Greek word “resurrection”, Anastasis, which literally means “to stand again” followed by “nekron” or “corpse” there can be no other interpretation that the dead bodies come out of their graves. “The corpse stands again”, the figurative meaning cannot be applied if the literal did not happen as the literal becomes the type or shadow for the figurative application of truth to the believer. In I Corinthians 15 then become the definitive explanation of what “resurrection” is. We have Paul responding to two questions. “12Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. This essay then is in response to people who say, “there is no resurrection of dead bodies coming out of the grave” yet in the sentence structure and in his argument, Paul equates the “resurrection of the dead” with exactly what happened to Christ as Christ body literally “walked again”. “Resurrection of the dead” can mean no less than the dead body rising out of the grave.  As this same point is repeated that the body turns to dust, ... Cont....