For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.
-2 Peter 1:16-18
Some false teachers were asserting that the second coming of Christ in power was a “myth”. A myth is a legend, or a fabricated story that has no grounding in factuality. These false teachers claimed that the idea of Christ returning to judge the earth (3:1-7) has no factual basis. Many in our society do the same. They view any notion of a final judgment by a deity as a fear tactic to scare people into moral conformity, devoid of any evidence to support it. Peter, however, unequivocally affirms the historicity of Christ. Christ is no fictitious literary character – Peter witnessed him with his own eyes. Moreover, he personally saw Christ transfigure into glory. The same Christ whose face “shone like the sun” (Mat. 17:2) on that holy mountain will also come in power to judge the world, His face “like the sun shining in its strength” (Rev. 1:16). Jesus is real, Peter is saying, we saw Him with our own eyes. Do you trust Peter?