Skip to comments.Bill O'Reilly: The Bible contradicts itself
Posted on 02/28/2013 4:49:29 AM PST by wesagain
Fox News anchor Bill OReilly, who is writing an upcoming book titled Killing Jesus, proclaimed on his program Wednesday night that a lot of the Bible is allegorical, and the New Testament Gospels contradict themselves.
OReilly made the remarks during an interview with Touched by an Angel star Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, executive producers of The Bible TV miniseries which begins this Sunday night on the History Channel.
Downey, who portrays Jesus mother Mary in the series, opened the interview by declaring her solid faith in Holy Scripture.
Bringing the Bible to the screen came with a huge responsibility and one we took very seriously, Downey said. We had a great team of scholars and theologians helping us, making sure that we told these stories accurately and truthfully. Ive been a believer my whole life, and that was very, very important to us. Something else that we wanted to do was to make it really, really cool. You know, we have teenagers at home and [it's] hard to get them to read anything, and one of the goals here was to get this generation interested and excited about Scripture, and I think weve been able to achieve that............
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I think your example is better, and not just because it is personal.
I can’t believe that people seriously stop going to church because of Priests who turn out bad. My entire family still go every week. It is such a weird thing to me that a person would stop doing something they believe because of others. Good Lord. How many houses burn down every year but that doesn’t stop me from buying a home. How many teachers are found bad, that doesn’t stop people from sending their kids to school. How many people end up with food poisoning that doesn’t stop people from eating. Such a strange world we live in.
I’d like to know why O’Reilly and Dugard skipped “Killing [James] Garfield” and “Killing McKinley.” -:)
(Guess these weren’t as dramatic since Garfield lived 80 days, McKinley eight, after being struck.)
You have described a very useful component of a good hermeneutic. Thank you.
To expand on this concept, the Bible also utilizes something similar to the following:
Boy sees girl at school
Boy thinks girl is wonderful
Boy meets girl in store
Girl laughs at boys attempts to chat
Boy angrily leaves store
Boy hates girl
Now, does the boy like the girl? Well, the answer is it depends. It depends upon where in the story you are. In the second line? Then yes. In the last line? Then no. If the Bible is like this tiny historic novel, it too requires that one be cognizant of where one is along the story line. For example, did Paul kill Christians? Yes, up to Acts 9, then no after that.
Many people read the Bible as if it were a spiritual encyclopedia (flat & topical). It is not. It is structured more like a historical novel: It is true in all respects, but hung on a “story line”.
This most radically affects the meaning when it comes to the four Gospels. At what point are we in the story? Are Gentiles included in the remarks Jesus is making? Has the New Covenant been instituted yet? Is He teaching “Christianity” or “Judaism” (Grace or Law)?
If a reader can keep the flow of the story in mind, these questions are easily answered.
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Yipes! Well, they took me in, I guess, just based on their remarks about it. I don’t follow show biz news.
You need to go to the original Hebrew and Greek and these “contradictions” resolve themselves. For example, Deut 5:17 (as well as the same quote from Ex 20:13) says thou shall not “murder”. (kill apart from the sanction of God). This is not inconsistent with the death penalty God rightfully imposes on many breaches of his law. Just as modern day death penalties do not conflct with the sixth commandment - as Paul tacitly acknowledged in Romans 13.
My cable box is tuned to the History Channels more often than not these days.
Well, there is still James A. Garfield...
Good points all.
I’ll add another analogy that I use. Some think it is brilliant and others think it is idiotic, but here goes:
A book is like a glass photographic plate. If you shatter it, each piece contains a part of the image/story.
The bible is like a glass plate containing a hologram. If you shatter it, each piece contains the entire image/story - from a specific perspective.
It ends with “Killing O’Reilly”!!!
"Allegorical" was an invention of the Jewish Christians after they left for Pella and following the destructon of Jerusalem as a way of dealing with OT truths.
**a lot of the Bible is allegorical**
Doesn’t BOR realize that Jesus spoke in allergories and parables on purpose. The scribes and Pharisees weren’t supposed to understand them!
Christ even had to explain some to his disciples and apostles!
The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit. BOR isn’t at this point — my opinion.
One of my favorite books is THE LIFE OF CHRIST IN STEREO. The author merged the four gospels to read as one book, using all the text. No contradictions exist.
Yes, true but not contradictory. Bad translation and exegesis does not a contradiction make.
Interesting. I’ll chew on that for a bit.
Are you saying that, for example, the entire Gospel of Christ is visible in, say, I Chronicles? or I Chron. 26? or I Chron. 26:18? or I Chron. 26:18 “At the Parbar...”?
***How many sequels of Killing of...can he write before he runs out of dead people?****
How about this “Killing Presidents near Robert Lincoln”.
It appears Robert was close by when two other Presidents were shot so he believed himself to be a jinx, so refused to get near one.
Of course this is what he believes. He's Catholic.
I wonder if he considers John 6 to be "allegorical?"
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