2 Thessalonians

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Interpretations of 2 Thessalonians

  1. Does Hell exist? 1:8-9

  2. "Be not soon shaken in mind ... by letter as from us."
    What letter is being referred to here? Is it 1 Thessalonians? If so, then should Christians not read it to avoid being "skaken in mind?" 2:2

  3. If Paul wrote this letter (and many scholars think he didn't), then he is changing his mind (since writing 1 Thessalonians) about the timing of the Christ's return. The day of the Lord is no longer at hand. In fact it's nowhere near. Many things must happen first: there will be a great "falling away", a "man of sin" will be reveled, and Satan will show off his power by doing all kinds of signs and wonders. 2:2-9

  4. Does the bible condemn gambling? 3:10

  5. Although 2 Thessalonians claims to have been written by Paul, many scholars think it was a forgery. 1:1, 3:17

  6. Jehovah's Witnesses use these verses to justify disfellowshipping anyone who disagrees with the Watchtower's teachings. 3:6, 14