(2 Peter 1:16-18) . . .No, it was not by following artfully contrived false stories that we acquainted YOU with the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it was by having become eyewitnesses of his magnificence. 17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when words such as these were borne to him by the magnificent glory: “This is my son, my beloved, whom I myself have approved.” 18 Yes, these words we heard borne from heaven while we were with him in the holy mountain.

I hadn’t noticed until today that this passage which Apollos and others have cited in posts and comments is actually referring to the presence of Christ.  While there are no shortage of “artfully contrived stories” originating from men in all religions, Peter is expressly referring to the absence of such ‘tall tales’ from his teaching regarding the presence of Christ and what he witnessed in the holy mountain.

Our teaching regarding the presence of Christ as beginning in 1914 is so contrived that it requires a chain of more than a dozen interdependent assumptions to be accepted by the student before it can seem to make sense.  This contrivance is most artfully done and continues to mislead millions.  Peter was unwittingly (or inspirationally) warning us about it almost 2,000 years ago.

Question is: Will we pay attention or do we prefer the story over the truth?