ABC:1 Thessalonians 5

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Verse 1, When's the End?

Patheos' Bob Seidensticker claims there is a contradiction here and makes the following comments (italicized):[1]

1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 simply reiterates what Matthew 24:36 said, that the "day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night;" in other words without warning. Paul says that Christians should not have the day overtake them as a thief because they are children of light, not darkness. In contrast to the assumptions of the critic, Paul is not saying that Christians can know when Jesus' return will be; indeed Jesus said that not even He knows, only God the Father, when that day will be. (Mark 13:32)

Rather, Paul is saying that Christians should live righteously at all times in preparations for Christ's return, as Jesus told them they should. (cp. Matthew 24:42-51; Romans 13:11-13; Revelation 16:15, Revelation 3:3; Luke 21:36) Had the critic read the verses remotely in context this should have been obvious, since in the following verses Paul urges Christians to soberly watch for Christ's return, encouraging and edifying one another while living righteously. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-23)


  1. Seidensticker, P. (2018, October 20). "Top 20 Most Damning Bible Contradictions." Patheos.