Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly had an interview with Christianphobe Bill Maher, which aired in two parts on September 29th and 30th. Progressives love to marginalize people by making that “phobia” charge, so I’ll play their game with a little bit more integrity. I do believe while they might not fear Christians, they do fear Christian principles because it gets in the way of their objectives. I watched the interview and got pretty much what I thought I was going to get out of O’Reilly and Maher. I do have to say I was a bit shocked at how little faith Bill O’Reilly has. He said that he believed that the Old Testament was more allegorical than literal when arguing with Maher about the flood. I’ll get to that first. What neither man explained was that there is scientific evidence that there was a great flood long ago, and that the legend of the flood is a worldwide one. In China, they have the legend of the flood and a great ship. If it wasn’t written in the Old Testament, there would still be the legend of the flood. They also have possible visual evidence on Mount Ararat something made of wood sticking out of the ice from satellite pictures. Where does the Old Testament say the ark of Noah rested? On Mount Ararat.
Maher also brought up that the OT in Deuteronomy says to stone your neighbor for working on the sabbath day. As O’Reilly said after the airing of the interview, Maher was incorrect with his accusation. Leave it to an atheist to know the word of God. God did say a man will be put to death for not keeping the sabbath (actually written in Leviticus), but as I wrote in my last blog “God’s Tolerance In The Old Testament”, His strict laws were for the Jews only. Moses repeated many laws in Deuteronomy just before the Jews entered into Israel and repeatedly said after many of them either “because God has made Himself known to you alone” or to “put the evil away from you”. What he meant by putting the evil away from the Jews was to keep the influence of Satan out of their cities once they inhabited Israel. When God created Adam and Eve, He also created the “tree of knowledge”. He did so for a reason. He forbad them to ever eat from it. God’s intention was that someone else would eat from it many years later, or else He wouldn’t have created it. The serpent was really Satan (Rev 12:9, 20:2), and his purpose of beguiling Eve was to bring onto our creation sin and death before its due time. Someone at some point would have eaten from that tree. Because sin and death were brought in before their time, to save Israel and our creation as long as possible, God made some harsh rules and standards for the Jews. It was only to them He gave proof of His existence. For that, they had a much higher standard. By the time Jesus lived, the influence of Satan was upon the whole Earth. It was so rampant that men were about to stone a woman for infidelity when they too had committed sins worthy of death. That’s why Jesus said after probably writing their sins in the dirt “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. They left quickly and let the woman alone. Jesus also correctly pointed out that the sabbath was there for man, not God.
Politically speaking, Maher said on O’Reilly’s show and has tons of other times that Americans (especially those that abide by the Constitution) are moronic. He just typifies many socialists/marxists. He has said that the Constitution is outdated and has outlived its purpose. Mostly the Constitution deals with powers limiting the government, especially the federal government. The great thing about the Founding Fathers is that they seized power from the British and made the unheard of gesture of saying “we don’t want it”. Not only didn’t they want that power, but they didn’t want anyone else to have it either. People who believe in that must be dumb, eh? Why are conservative Americans thought of as morons and socialists thought of as geniuses, but all the evidence is on the side of the morons? Why are Christians thought of as hateful people but people like Bill Maher are thought of as brutally honest intellectuals? Come on, Bill, name me a socialist state that didn’t get run into the ground and freedoms weren’t taken away? Bet you can’t do it, but conservatives are dumb.
To Bill Maher, here is something I have yet to see any atheist explain away or tear down with ANY integrity. Jesus said on the cross “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”, in which he was quoting the first part of Psalm 22:1. Verse 16 says, “For dogs have compassed me; the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me; they pierced my hands and my feet.” This was written around 1000BC. I’d love an explanation. I don’t want to hear about mistranslations or that the authors of the KJV made it look that way. The reason is the word “pierced” in the original Hebrew is the word “aw-ree” which does indeed mean “pierced”, and if the authors wrote the KJV (instead of apostles) and made up what Jesus said to make it look like he’s the Messiah, then their own doctrine is wrong and disputes with what they wrote. The New Testament was originally written in Greek, then the Catholic Church translated it into Latin with the Vulgate. The King James Version is the English version of the Vulgate. The doctrine of the Catholic Church as to why Jesus said that on the cross is that it was His moment of doubt and pain, not quoting the first part of Psalm 22:1. That means they couldn’t have written that themselves to make it look like Jesus was the Messiah since their doctrine was that He spoke to God on the cross. Why what He said on the cross wasn’t a sin was because He wasn’t speaking to God, but instead quoting Psalm 22 proving He was the Christ. Yes, explain that away, Mr. Maher.
To Bill O’Reilly, you better do some more homework about the Bible because it was clear that you were uncomfortable talking about your knowledge of it. “The OT is full of allegory”…? Come on, man. Because O’Reilly wasn’t secure about his faith and knowledge of the Bible, Maher made him look like a fool in that exchange. O’Reilly’s answer to Maher was at the best super-flimsy. I hate it when people speak of the Bible (on both sides) and they make it clear they know very little or nothing about what’s actually written or certainly don’t have a good grasp of the doctrine thereof. If they speak in favor of it but do it in an unsubstantial way, then all Christians look the fool compared to someone who has a hateful look upon Christianity but has pertinent questions about their beliefs. My advice to those that don’t know the Word well, don’t argue with those that want to tear it down. Don’t quote it if you don’t know it.