It’s always informative to watch one of these simple-minded media types try to address a serious issue the way that HBO political provocateur Bill Maher recently addressed Christianity by trashing it.
Maher said that the Bible is “wacky” and then added, “I think that if Jesus were running the country, we’d probably have health care for everybody” he told Bill O’Reilly on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor.
So which is it? Is Christianity “wacky”? Or would Jesus demand health care for all out of His eternal Christian goodness? Maher should make up his mind. Because these two statements in this context are mutually exclusive.
Maher’s performance was embarrassing and insulting. He said that Americans were “stupid” for being religious. But genuinely intelligent people first familiarize themselves with their subject, and then never contradict themselves. Maher even claimed that God wrote the Bible! That’s really pretty “stupid”…
Maher is a classic superficial liberal exploiting an issue for whatever he can get out of it, interpreting it in his own politically useful way when he knows nothing about it. His target audience is clueless as well. They too will parrot the Maher claim that the Bible is “wacky” without ever having read it, studied it, analyzed it or considered it in the context of world history.
By the way, the three greatest mass murderers of all time were committed 20th century anti-Christian atheists – Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung – with 150 million dead among them.
Maher’s approach is classic propaganda from the left: Put out a provocateur’s line and wait for the neanderthals to bite. A real scholar would need to sit down with Maher and seek to raise his awareness about both the Bible and the Christian faith. Because Christianity is not like a packaged cake batter that you mix, pour and bake, the kind of step-by-step simplicity that Maher and his shallow followers need to get through the day.
Christianity addresses the profound dilemmas, complexities, tragedies and triumphs of man’s existence here on earth as seen through the wisdom of obeisance to an all-knowing Supreme Being, Jehovah God. The Bible is a timeless book that has outlasted all others. It is the most widely read book on earth. Yet Maher sees nothing in it of significance or in 2,000 years of Christian history.
And the Bible tells stories that are relevant today, because people today are the same as they were millennia ago and face the same issues. But anti-Christians like Maher refuse to accept this fact. They think that we cannot possibly today be Christian because man is different than he was thousands of years ago when the Christian faith was founded.
But trying to explain that truth would be a lost cause. Because angry atheists like Maher – and his comments are really the sign of anger – are on the wrong planet to start. Maher then proceeded to mock Christianity fearlessly because he knows that Christians will not seek revenge on him. Because whether he knows it or not his success and freedom are a result of his living in a Christian-founded nation.
Will Maher ever call the Koran “wacky”?
No, because then he would have to live in fear of Islamists the rest of his life.
Maher is full of slogans and one-liners like most in the entertainment industry. He is the type of person who would look at a great artwork in a museum and offer some insult or joke about it rather than respect for the talent revealed. This is a monkey-minded person – uncivilized, uncultured and uncouth. These people lash out with the most base language that comes to mind because they have no deeper insight.
Like Maher, Obama too insults Christianity not by seeing it as the source for all of the world’s greatness but by selectively picking apart the Bible for things they claims it says. Never do these leftists talk about the Big Picture of Christianity, or about the hundreds of Christian references by the Founding Fathers from George Washington to James Bowdoin, an early governor of Massachusetts, about our religious nation as the great hope for mankind.
Obama once said in a speech that we should be wary of Christianity because The Old Testament orders you to “stone your children” if they misbehave. Maher said that the Bible tells you to “kill your neighbor” if he is working on Sunday.
Hey guys, here’s a big announcement! Those are not literal instructions, OK! These are parables! You must expand your scholarly horizons if you want to have a debate about a serious issue like Christianity.
Here is what the Old Testament really says about Obama’s charge:
18If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
19Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
20And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
21And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. (end)
And Maher may have been referring to this:
17:2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant,
17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:
17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die. (end)
But people like Obama and Maher do not want seriousness. They are political bomb throwers, like provocateurs starting a fight in a crowd and hoping that it spreads. Because Maher is simply spewing anti-Christian venom while he claims to be a member of the “peaceful” political left.
And if you want to see people killing their neighbors in America, don’t go to a small-town church full of Christian fundamentalists, but rather go into the atheist precincts of Democrat-controlled inner-city black America where they kill for no reason whatsoever – well, maybe for a pair of expensive tennis shoes, that is.
People like Maher are typical modern-day intellectuals. And that does not mean “smart” or having wisdom or rationality. It means that they are willing to say anything at any moment to serve their worldly ends.
Father Jonathan Morris, religion analyst on Fox News, offered the following rebuttals to the outrageous claims made in Maher’s abhorrent performance:
*If Christianity really taught that God took out a pen, wrote a book for us, called it the Bible and dropped it from the clouds, I, too, would doubt. But Mr. Maher, Christianity doesn’t teach that. As history shows, human beings wrote the Bible and, according to Christian belief, their writing was divinely inspired. Christians don’t suggest they can prove such inspiration with material evidence (the only kind skeptics would accept), but they consider faith (the assent of the heart) capable of grasping some immaterial, spiritual realities — like this one.
On another note, from a purely historical standpoint, I think you would agree that 2,000 years of continual belief should be given some weight. In all this time, nobody has proven the Bible is NOT inspired, and therefore, by the same standard of material evidence, we should all agree that nobody can say Christians are definitely wrong about inspiration.
*If Christianity really taught that the man in the jungle who has never heard the name of Jesus is going to be damned forever to hell, I, too, would doubt. But Mr. Maher, Christianity doesn’t teach that. We are responsible to God in as much as God reveals himself to us. Christianity teaches that the saving grace of Jesus Christ is bigger than our date or place of birth. Christians believe God gives all of his children, in ways often unknowable to our little brains, the opportunity to accept or reject his love.
*If Christianity really taught that God created cancer, child abusers and earthquakes to torture his own children, I, too, would doubt. But Mr. Maher, Christianity doesn’t teach that. The evil in this world is not willed by God. Christianity teaches both physical and moral evil is a result of a world that is out of wack as a result of the misuse of our own human freedom. Like a good parent, God allows us to make mistakes and to live with the consequences. And even so, he doesn’t abandon us. He promises to bring forth a greater good out of every instance of evil. Ask someone with faith who has suffered great pain or loss and they will surely tell you how God has made good on his promise.
*If Christianity really taught that God sometimes commands us to kill the innocent in his name, I too would doubt. But Mr. Maher, Christianity doesn’t teach that. This would go against the very nature of God as all-loving and all-just. I am equally as scandalized as you are when I see religious people, in our checkered past and present, mistake their own pride and ignorance for the voice of God and march off to holy war. As Pope John Paul II said, “War is always a failure of humanity.”
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