Cruelty and Violence
"God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might
be damned." -- 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
Second Thessalonians for Skeptics
Although this epistle (1:1, 3:17) claims to have been written by Paul, many scholars think it was a later forgery (1). If Paul did write it, though, he completely changed his mind (since writing 1 Thessalonians) about the timing of 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)
Every skeptic should know one passage from Second Thessalonians: 2:11-12. ("God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned.")
Here are the highlights.
1. Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introlduction to the Early Christian Writings, 3rd ed. (2004), chap.23