The fascination with the end times seems to be more popular today than ever. There is a constant stream of new books, movies, and TV shows dealing with the coming apocalypse, rapture, and the Lords return. With every news story coming out of the Mideast, many are convinced the end is surely near. Christians often turn to the Scripture or evangelists to understand more clearly what is taught in the Bible regarding the end times, only to find they are even more confused than before. Three Big Things brings clarity to what the Scripture really says regarding the Lord’s return, hell, and Satan.
Those who are seriously interested in what the Scriptures teach regarding these subjects often find discrepancies between what Christians profess and what we read in our Bibles. Why did the Lord and His apostles speak as if He would return in their lifetimes? Was He mistaken? Did He change His plans? What does this mean for the inerrancy of Scripture?
Does the Bible really teach that people are tormented in a fiery hell forever? How many people have rejected Christ based on teachings about hell that are not even found in Scripture? Christopher Hitchens wrote in his book, God Is Not Great, “The god of Moses would brusquely call for other tribes, including his favorite one, to suffer massacre and plague and even extirpation, but when the grave closed over his victims he was essentially finished with them unless he remembered to curse their succeeding progeny. Not until the advent of the Prince of Peace do we hear of the ghastly idea of further punishing and torturing the dead.” Not only Mr. Hitchens but many so-called atheists reject Christ based on what they have heard the Scripture teaches regarding hell.
From the beginning in Genesis, God had promised that the serpent’s head would be crushed. When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome he told them that Satan would soon be crushed under their feet. Has this happened? The book of Hebrews says that Christ has rendered the devil powerless and has set free those who through the fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. If this is so, why are so many Christians still living as if this hasn’t happened? Does the devil still prowl around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour as the Apostle Peter wrote?
Christians and non-Christians alike are often not only confused but seriously concerned and even feel in bondage when thinking about these three subjects. Three Big Things cuts through the unbiblical ideas so prevalent in pulpits and the culture of today concerning these subjects. Jesus said, If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine, you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. This book hopes to bring freedom to those in bondage by clearly explaining the words of Christ and the other inspired writers of Scripture.
Bill and Sheryl Borders live in Bowling Green KY with their two sons and six grandchildren.
THREE BIG THINGS
Westbow Press (236 pp.)
$33.95 hardcover, $17.95 paperback, $3.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1-973633-81-5; July 24, 2018
A bold reassessment of three major biblical principles.
Debut author Borders presents a thought-provoking, smoothly written account of his struggle with traditional readings of
Scripture. Namely, he addresses the concepts of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the idea of an eternal hell, and the
continued existence of Satan. His own interpretations of these ideas are refreshing and challenging, with the Second
Coming occupying the bulk of his study. Drawing on numerous biblical passages, he demonstrates that the traditional
view that Jesus is returning at some future point is open to debate. For example, he notes that none of the Scriptural
references to that event seems intended to have been read by future generations, only those in existence when the words
were written. Indeed, he states a belief that the “last days” in the Bible actually preceded the destruction of Jerusalem by
Rome in 70 A.D. Borders goes on to challenge the idea of an eternal, fiery hell. Among other points, he notes that
“When Jesus warned of hell, He was warning of the coming destruction of the Jewish nation.” Similarly, the author
argues against the idea of Satan being a current, powerful force in our world. “God plainly said Christ would deliver a
mortal blow to Satan,” he explains, seeing the adversary as having already been defeated. Although many will disagree
with, and even decry, some or all of Borders’ conclusions, other readers will certainly find themselves intrigued by them.
In particular, his ultimate argument that “Many Christians never even read their Bibles, let alone are diligent as workmen
to understand what they say” is one that’s well worth considering.
A provocative challenge to traditional interpretations of Scripture.