Most of this chapter is talking about false prophets. This particular verse states that some people will claim the rapture (or resurrection) has already taken place and will convince others to believe that too, thus "destroying the faith of some" this is an amazing prophecy seeing as no one even dreamed of thinking the rapture already happened when it was written but now there are several "Christian" groups that claim it
The 2 Timothy 2:18 verse talks about how the false prophets are lying to Christians. They say that people who have died have already come back to life and in the process they're destroying the faith of others.
Paul was talking about people who were teaching that the resurrection (the day when everyone would be resurrected) had already come. And some people were believing those lies. That s what 2 Timothy 2:18 refers to. Gby
They had abandoned the truth, they no longer had faith that what was promised WOULD happen. Now they were spreading what they believed to be truth but was a lie, thereby deceiving others and in the doing. They were destroying their faith in the promises of the coming (future) resurrection.
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Actually Paul was speaking about 2 people in particular, if you read the previous verses you can see he's peeved at 2 people for disagreeing with him 2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; reading in context his statement is for those 2 particularly.
"They have left the path of truth, preaching the lie that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; and they have weakened the faith of some who believe." (2 Timothy 2:18) Living Bible. Can you imagine how such speech must have provoked curiosity? Unwary persons may have wondered: 'what do these men mean' How can they say the resurrection has already happened? Intrigued, they may have listened. The result? The faith of some was subverted. Listening to such speech out of curiosity was dangerous in the same way that experimenting with drugs out of curiosity is dangerous. If you knew that a certain drink was poisonous, would you drink it out of curiosity to see what it tasted like, or to see whether your body was strong enough to handle the poison? Of course not. Similarly, is it wise to open your mind to words that are purposely designed to deceive you and draw you away from the truth? Hardly. Point is to beware of those proposing human philosophies you may turn out to be like those "who will listen to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth." (2 Timothy 3:7). Revised Standard Version. This answer is for the person that asked the question, some may not agree with the points made. Please check out the Bible to see what does the Bible really teach.