(2:1-3) The basic message of Christianity is "believe or be
damned" and from this flows intolerance toward all non-Christians. But, as
these verses show, Christian intolerance is often directed toward believers as well.
Each group of Christians accuses the others of being "false teachers" of "damnable heresies"
who will soon be damned to hell.
(2:1) "There shall be false teachers among you, who ... shall bring in damnable heresies ... and bring upon themselves swift
(2:3) "Their damnation slumbereth not."
(2:4) "God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell,
and delivered them into chains of darkness." Is the devil free to roam?
(2:4-5) "God ... spared not the old world, but saved Noah."
Young Earth Creationists use this verse to show that the New Testament authors believed in the flood story.
The Gospel -- Evidence for
(2:16) "The dumb ass speaking with man's voice"
The author of 2 Peter actually believes the story in Numbers (22:28-30) about the talking ass.
"It had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than,
after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them." Is it possible to fall from grace?
(2:22) "The dog is turned to his own vomit."
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as
there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of
truth shall be evil spoken of.
And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of
you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into
chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
And spared not the old world, but savedNoah the eighth person,
a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the
flood upon the world of the ungodly;
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them
with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live
And delivered just Lot,
vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
(For that righteous man
dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from
day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
2:9The Lord knoweth how to
deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be
2:10But chiefly them that
walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government.
Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of
Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing
accusation against them before the Lord.
But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak
evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in
their own corruption;
And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it
pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting
themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling
unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed
Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way
of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the
These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to
whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through
the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean
escaped from them who live in error.
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of
corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in
For if after they have
escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the
latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
For it had been better
for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have
known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own
vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.