If the “end” is near, how ought we to live? Continue reading . . .
In the previous article I asked a question that was provoked by the apostle Peter in 1 Peter 4:7-11.
“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4.7-11).
If the “end” is near, how ought we to live?
But before we answer that question we need to determine what Peter meant when he said in v. 7 that “the end of all things is at hand.” Many liberal skeptics have pointed to texts such as this as proof that Christianity is false and the Bible is in error. After all, the second coming of Christ didn’t occur in the first century when Peter and his readers lived.
Some believe that “the end of all things” is a reference to the events of 70 a.d. Thus the “end” in view is of Israel’s national existence that came in the wake of the destruction by the armies of Rome of both the city of Jerusalem and its Temple. That’s possible, but is that the best language to describe the destruction of Jerusalem and Temple? Granted, the events of 70 a.d. were of huge significance: it marked the end of the Jewish age and the judgment of God against an apostate nation that had rejected the Messiah. But does it make sense to describe the events