Fox News talking head Bill O’Reilly seems to be a bit confused, clueless, and just plain ignorant when it comes to understanding what exactly mainstream Christians actually believe.
During a recent interview he conducted with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, O’Reilly mentioned that “some religions” in Christianity believe you need to be born again, meaning you must have faith in Jesus Christ in order to be saved, or else spend an eternity in Hell, which is something he says is “disturbing.”
Before I go on my rant about why O’Reilly is full of horse manure, please take a few minutes and check out the video clip below. His comments about Christianity start around the 1:50 mark.
I’m more or less going to be addressing this to O’Reilly himself, but this applies to anyone with similar thoughts or views on the subject at hand.
First off, Mr. O’Reilly, Christianity is the religion, the varying sects within that religion are called “denominations.”
Secondly, and this may come as a surprise to you, but the vast majority of those who claim to be real, authentic, Bible believing Christians believe what you called “disturbing” is the gospel of peace that provides mankind with an opportunity to be saved from both the power and penalty of sin and be united to God the Father through Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross.
Do you know why, Mr. O’Reilly, these people believe that is true? Because it’s in the Bible.
This, of course, is something you’d know if you bothered to crack open the Book every once in awhile instead of using it for a decorative table piece or coaster for your morning cup of blasphemy. Oops. I meant coffee. Forgive me for the mix up.
You might be completely unaware of this Mr. O’Reilly, but a large percentage of your audience is made up of folks who believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and you just insulted every single one of them.
Given that you seem to enjoy your job so much, does it really seem like a good idea to insult your audience, the very ones who make sure you stay employed and put those big checks in your bank account?
What if people shut your program off and opt to use that time for something more productive, like reading the Bible and praising God for saving them from their sins through the work of Jesus Christ?
By saying what Christians believe is “disturbing” you’re essentially lumping us in with radical Islamic extremism, at least on an ideological level, since you clearly made the distinction that believers in Jesus aren’t committing acts of violence while Muslims are.
Basically, in your eyes, the only difference between radical Islamic terrorists and born-again Christians is that we aren’t killing people.
That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Islam says bow the knee to Allah, pay a tax, or die. Does that sound like a loving deity? Of course not.
Christianity says Jesus, God in human flesh, stepped down from heaven, lived a sinless life of perfect obedience to the Father, then died on the cross in the ultimate act of love and sacrifice in order to save those who would believe from the wrath their sin richly deserves.
Islam’s “god” demands you die for him in order to get to “paradise.” Christianity says God died for you, in your place, a free gift of love and mercy.
Why is it disturbing to say that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life?”
So, in your view, a just God who must punish the wicked yet lovingly goes down and take their place under this punishment is “disturbing?”
I think most of us with half a clue would say that’s love.
Then again, I guess you’re right, Bill.
A God who would love the unlovable riff-raff of society, the criminals, harlots, drug dealers, murderers, and pimps enough to die on the cross and save them from the wrath they deserve is pretty extreme.
H/T The Right Scoop