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Matt. 16:27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
How do you explain Matthew 16:28? The plain reading of the text is Jesus exclaims some of the listeners in the crowd will be alive when he appears in the second coming. Many critics use this as an example of biblical error as obviously everyone standing in the crowd listening to Jesus have long since died before the second coming. My favorite rebuttal is that some of those “standing here” are actually alive to this day. They are the basis of the vampire legends. What say you?
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My comments on the Romans reading
The words that spoke to me were “be patient in suffering”. Since Christianity was taken over by Empire in the 4th century, the Western Church has chosen the crown over the cross. Because the cross involved too much suffering!
If I can believe what I have read in Bonhoeffer about Luther that is what led him to abandon monastic life where he had to give up everything to obey the kings ( the Pope and Bishops). Everything that is except Himself. That led him out into the world (system) into suffering and the cross.
Peace and Love,
It is a rough road you have chosen…