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Fox News anchor Bill O‚ÄôReilly, who is writing an upcoming book titled ‚ÄúKilling Jesus,‚ÄĚ proclaimed on his program Wednesday night that ‚Äúa lot of the Bible is allegorical,‚ÄĚ and the New Testament Gospels contradict themselves.
O‚ÄôReilly made the remarks during an interview with ‚ÄúTouched by an Angel‚ÄĚ star Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, executive producers of ‚ÄúThe Bible‚ÄĚ TV miniseries which begins this Sunday night on the History Channel.
Downey, who portrays Jesus‚Äô mother Mary in the series, opened the interview by declaring her solid faith in Holy Scripture.
‚ÄúBringing the Bible to the screen came with a huge responsibility and one we took very seriously,‚ÄĚ Downey said. ‚ÄúWe had a great team of scholars and theologians helping us, making sure that we told these stories accurately and truthfully. I‚Äôve been a believer my whole life, and that was very, very important to us. Something else...
Easton Bible Dictionary wrote: NEPHILIM: (Gen. 6:4; Num. 13:33, R.V.), giants, the Hebrew word left untranslated by the Revisers, the name of one of the Canaanitish tribes. The Revisers have, however, translated the Hebrew gibborim, in Gen. 6:4, "mighty men."
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: Chapter six shows how utterly, totally, and completely corrupted man had become. The number of humans could have numbered in the billions and the judgment upon them is the worse that has ever happened so far. The "sons of God" were not angels but were the descendants of Cain who married the daughters of Seth. The continuing problem of godly people marrying ungodly people throughout the Old Testament is first pointed out here. It brings corruption. Judgment is brought on human beings who didn't have a passive role in bringing on God's judgment. All men had corrupted themselves.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: Was waiting with baited breath for Steve R's gospel "contradictions." There are certainly differing viewpoints
OReilly is out to sell books, and if he has to fall back on this free publicity on issues like whether the disciples had a staff or sandals or not(Note the apparant contradiction in the Mark 6 account versus Luke 9 & Matthew 10) then he will. While others, as you mentioned, can be answered by viewpoint(Kingly, Servant, Human or Heavenly) of the Gospel. These 'contradictions' have been studied since Polycarp, and most can be answered easily. Others, take a little more effort.
Remember Bill was talking to a producer who made a film from one vwpt, so it must be difficult to convey the Fourfold beauty and Harmony of the Gospels in such a narrow venue. Said in that context, Bill maintains his credibility and benefits from the free publicity. He might even magnify the Gospel by reaching those who will buy the book hoping to disprove the Gospel.
But in any case
Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
...We are so quick to discredit the stories we find fanciful in the Bible but believe in an invisible God, demons, angels, demonic attacks, Heaven, a Hell, a man who rose from the dead, possession, a Holy Spirit, hellfire, a man who performed miracles, an afterlife, food being spoken into existance, water coming from a rock water being turned to wine,, God writing commandments on a stone, a phantom finger writing on a wall, etc, etc, etc, in fact, everything that we hope for is invisible yet we are so quick to discredit anything in the Bible that we may find difficult to imagine, even though the Bible is crystal clear on the topic.
I'm really bothered when the Nephelim get reduced to being offspring from the lines of Seth. When it comes to the spookier things in the Bible, they always get discredited and washed away. For the 1st 500 years, the church fathers took the Nephelim accounts at face value. Augustin invented the lines of Seth view. So, pairing up with a Sethite would bare giants, men of old, men of renoun? No...genetically impossible. The Biblical story is crystal clear but people work so hard to discredit it. The angels that sinned here are chained in dark caves according to Jude. Noah and his family were the only ones not effected genetically. Noah was found righteous, and also was found perfect in his generations, hence the flood to wipe out the line since everyone else was. After that, more angels sinned so the Jews had to go around commiting what some call genocide, but it was to wipe out the remnants of the nephelim. The Bible says angels don't marry...that's it. Satan has a deficit of 3 to 1 since the fall and who knows what he is capable of. No giants survived the flood because they were tall. Period. The water covered the mountains...more angels simply sinned. We are so quick to discredit the stories we find fanciful in the Bible but believe in an invisible God, demons, ange
Unprofitable Servant wrote: As for Mr. O'Reilly, he is by his own admission a Catholic, and one would have to imagine that one were a Catholic and believed the Bible literally, then that one would no longer stay a Catholic.
And as for Mr. Ratzinger, he is by his own admission a Pope, and one would have to imagine that if one were a Pope and believed the Bible literally, then one would no longer stay a Pope.
JOHN LEE...I believe you are right about the giants. However, the Centurion is said to have gone to Jesus himself in Matthew, where as, he only sends others in Luke. I also know that one of the kings of Israel was said to reign at eight and somewhere else at eighteen. The calling of the apostles seem confusing to me also. Other then those and maybe a couple more at most, the other "contradictions" I've heard of seem contrived and disingenuous.
Was waiting with baited breath for Steve R's gospel "contradictions." There are certainly differing viewpoints emphasized by the fact they were written to difference audiences with different purposes in mind yet the gospels present a harmony of truth of the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus. Seeing that all we inspired by the same Holy Spirit, and God is infallible, His truth reflects that attribute. As for Mr. O'Reilly, he is by his own admission a Catholic, and one would have to imagine that one were a Catholic and believed the Bible literally, then that one would no longer stay a Catholic. So, the rest of his position just stands to reason.
John for Jesus: I appreciate your questions. The answer to the first is quite simple. Luke included more details than Mark. It would be like a meticulous person (luke) reporting that I am making posts to you via SermonAudio on the internet. Another (mark) might say, Joe Lee told John such and such. Both are correct. As to the Nephilim, it depends on which you think that term means. Some (not I) believe that Nephilim were off-spring of angels and humans. If that is the case, the flood would not have destroyed the angels and that could do the same after the flood. Others, including myself, believe it only means giants or very tall people. There is no reason very tall people could not exist after the flood either (ie Goliath). Please let me know if there are other questions you have. I am glad you are for Jesus. Jesus referred to many Scriptures affirming their truthfulness, saying "it is written", and, as the son of God, participated in its inspiration and inerrancy as a revelation of himself. Praise be to our Lord.
JOE LEE...How do you (or anyone) resolve Matt 8:5 with Luke 7:3. In Matthew the Centurion goes to Jesus and in Luke it is the elders. Or that Nephim were before the flood (Gen 6:4), all things died on earth at the flood (Gen 7:21), and Nephlim were alive after the flood (Num 13:33).
John: What contradictions do you think exist? I am sure many would be glad to respond. The Bible is the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God and I have seen that some use manufactured discrepancies to undermine this doctrine.