Dear friends, this is the second letter I'm writing to you. In both letters I'm trying to refresh your memory.
I want you to remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and what the Lord and Savior commanded you through your apostles.
First, you must understand this: In the last days people who follow their own desires will appear. These disrespectful people will ridicule [God's promise]
by saying, "What's happened to his promise to return? Ever since our ancestors died, everything continues as it did from the beginning of the world."
They are deliberately ignoring one fact: Because of God's word, heaven and earth existed a long time ago. The earth [appeared] out of water and was kept alive by water.
Water also flooded and destroyed that world.