If Jesus Were a Slumping Major League Hitter. . .

Baseball playoffs are about to begin. It should be an interesting playoff season with some new teams involved and traditional contenders eliminated.

One of the peculiarities of baseball is interpreting batting statistics. Announcers will talk about hitters being in slumps. “He’s 0 for his last 18 at bats.” This is then spun, depending on who the announcers are cheering for, in one of two ways

  1. He’s 0 for his last 18, so you definitely want to pitch to this struggling batter, or
  2. He’s 0 for his last 18, so he’s due for a hit.

So, which is it? Is 0 for your last 18 a predictor of what he’ll do this time or not?

The problem with predictions is that none of us knows the future, therefore, past performance is no indicator of future results.

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Peter talks about scoffers in the last days mocking the Bible’s teaching about the return of the Lord.

Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The scoffer’s logic looks like this

A. The Bible says the Lord will return to judge the earth
B. The Lord has not returned, nor judged
C. Therefore, the Bible is wrong in saying the Lord will return to judge the earth.

It’s simple logic, and somewhat self-refuting. If the Lord has returned to judge the earth we would not be here to wonder if the Lord is returning. The only person who can wonder if the Lord will return, is a person who is living prior to the Lord’s return.

Someone else can use similar logic yet come to a different conclusion:

A. The Bible says the Lord will return to judge the earth
B. The Lord has not returned, nor judged
C. Therefore, the Lord must be coming back sooner now than ever before!

I have no way to predict when the Lord will return. I do, however, have confidence that the Bible knows what it’s talking about when it comes to prophecy. Since the Bible has been right before in predicting the future, I’m confident to stick with it again.

Therefore, the Lord’s seeming delay, to me, just means He’s due!

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