Was Jesus confused or delusional? Did the Bible God lie?
According to the Christian Bible, Jesus promised that various events would occur and he will return "in this generation," which would mean that the second coming would have occurred by about 70 AD.
A debate about this subject is scheduled for July 19-21 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, headlined by bible prophecy experts Don K. Preston and Joel McDurmon.
Preston, a preterist, says, "Jesus either kept His promise to return within the lifetime of the first century generation of believers, or He and His disciples were very confused. Even worse, if the Bible predicted the 'second coming' would take place in the first century but didn't, then God flat out lied and should apologize to everyone living today."
McDurmon is the Director of Research for American Vision, a group headed by Christian Reconstructionist Gary DeMar that seeks to "restore America's biblical foundation from Genesis to Revelation." He agrees that Jesus came in judgment in the first century but further argues for a future return of Christ associated with a resurrection of the dead.
Preston notes in his press release about the debate that "79 percent of all Christians say they believe Christ is going to return — someday. 17 percent of believers do not believe He is coming back at all."