The No Spin Zone started spinning last night when Bill O’Reilly interviewed the producers of the upcoming mini-series “The Bible“. At first, I was excited that a segment involving the Bible would be included on television at all. But I soon found that the interview was a guise to call into question the trustworthiness of the Word of God.
Quickly into the interview, O’Reilly asked, “Do you believe in the Bible literally? I mean do you believe that Adam and Eve were out there and the snake and the apple and all that business?”
That sounds like a question that is fair enough. But the question was intended to set up a few of O’Reilly’s next statements.
“A lot of the Bible is allegorical…in creationism and things like that.”
He then went on to give specific examples of what he considered to be allegorical in the Bible: Adam and Eve, Noah and the ark, Jonah and the whale.
Then, to put icing on the cake O’Reilly brought up his new book that he is writing, “Killing Jesus”. He explained that it is a historical book and that his job was to “cut through the contradictions” that were found in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John “and to try to give a narrative of what actually happened to Jesus”.
Yes, you read that correctly. He actually said that his book is going to “give a narrative of what actually happened to Jesus”. In other words, without Bill O’Reilly, we do not know the full story. This makes some terrible assumptions:
1. He assumes that the Bible is is not historically accurate, but his book will be.
2. He assumes that the Bible is not reliable in what it says, but his book will be.
3. He assumes that his book will give you the truth about Jesus, while the Bible does not.
4. He assumes that Jesus was wrong when He took Jonah as literal, while O’Reilly says it should have been allegorical.
Don’t get me wrong here. I like O’Reilly as a political commentator. He is usually a good interviewer and often does well bringing up both sides of the issue. But when it comes to the Bible, O’Reilly is unfair and unbalanced. He is terribly misinformed and does more harm than good when discussing “what actually happened”.
Without even realizing it, O’Reilly is attempting to knock the legs out from under Christianity. The Christian faith is a historical faith that is rooted in actual, historical events. While all but one of the other religions in the world (Judaism) are rooted in philosophy or visions, Christianity rises or falls based upon the historical event of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If it is historically inaccurate about Jesus on this one point, then Christianity is the biggest hoax in history.
Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15,
“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith…And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile…we are of all people most to be pitied.”
Mr. O’Reilly, with all due respect, please quit teaching the Bible. You cannot improve upon it. You are not going to fix it. You will not be giving “what actually happened” in opposition to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Bible itself warns those who seek to add to or take away from it. It is the Word of God. It is inspired by God. It is historically and scientifically accurate. It is infallible and inerrant. There are no contradictions and there is nothing lacking.
And the spin stops here.