Bruce Baber (6
"To M.A.P. re "falling
I agree with you concerning "falling away" as used in 2nd
Thessalonians. In the context of that letter, it certainly
does make good sense to translate it as "departure"!
On a related note: The church of Thessalonica was worried that
they had already missed the rapture and Paul had to write to
them and comfort them. Some look at Paul's letter and say
that Paul was writing to comfort them about the second
coming. But who could possibly miss that? Everyone
would see and know when Jesus comes back! The rapture on the
other hand makes better sense.
In Paul's day, communication wasn't what it is now. It was
reasonable for the church of Thessalonica to wonder if they
missed the rapture. In their
Afterall, there will be some people alive today who will look
around and realize that they really did miss the rapture.