Bill O'Reilly was on 60 Minutes this evening mostly because of his "Holy Spirit inspired" book "Killing Jesus" (in league with his other two books "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Kennedy").
The interviewer wanted to be specific about the Holy Spirit inspiring him and he affirmed it repeatedly. She asked why he never called Jesus the Son of God or even the Messiah... his answer... because this is not a religious book but a history book.
He proceeded to say Jesus was an ordinary man who made mistakes and feared death on the cross very much. He also said Jesus was given to anger and violence (the overturning of the money tables).
When asked his sources, O'Reilly said "Muslims, Romans, Jews..." Not the Bible? the interviewer asked.
This is not a religious book.
What about Jesus saying "Father forgive them they know not what they do" ...?
O'Reilly said he didn't put it in the book because Jesus didn't say this from the cross.
The Bible says he did, the interviewer replied.
"Well, if you take the Bible literally... but what he really said from the cross could be very little since crucifixion suffocates its victims..."
But the Bible says he said it from the cross.
"If you want to take the Bible literally..."
Herein lies the problem. O'Reilly who repeatedly stated he is a Catholic (enough to believe his inspiration is from the Holy Spirit) does not consider the Bible to be literal or therefore authoritative.
In his research he consulted and cited everyone and everything EXCEPT the Bible... taking the word of Muslims who opposed the biblical Jesus, the Jews who oppose the biblical Jesus and I have no idea where the Romans he consulted came from now dead by at least 1600 years since the fall of Rome.
Maybe he consulted a medium... calling all roman spirits who want to testify about Jesus...
The problem is Roman Catholicism which places authority on the Roman Catholic Church established by the failing Roman Empire, papal decrees and bowls and the catechisms most of which contradicts each other... rather than the one TRUTH the Word of God.
Don't Single out the Catholics, Protestants, Nondenominationals, and Messianics... for we all have the tendency to go back and forth as the Apostle Peter did in Matthew 16:13-23. The revelation of Jesus as the Christ is a central issue to the passage... but the purpose Jesus asked the question who does man say I am and who do you say I am was to point out the two paths.. the two ways... the two means... the two philosophies... the two wisdoms;
not God's way
God's actual wisdom, and not God's wisdom (which many portray as wisdom and go to great lengths and much detail, libraries and schools of thought in fact, to show "how wise" it is. Case in point, evolution from nothing everything came on its own).
God's way and not God's way headed up by Satan the devil. That's why Jesus called Peter Satan in verse 23.
God's way or satanism is actually what's going on when you carry it to its logical conclusion.
We don't think of ourselves as satanists or following or practicing satanism but that's what Jesus said:
Matthew 16:23 (NKJV)
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
John 8:44 (NKJV)
44 “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
Oh we don't do this...
Do you ever sin?
Do you ever hold to a tradition of man rather than what the Bible says?
The Church in every flavor of it subscribes to the traditions of man (which the Bible says actually nullifies the Word of God see Mark 7:7-13)... which is where the division in the Church comes from.
John 17 the Lord's high priestly prayer (or the true Lord's Prayer as opposed to the disciples' prayer) five times he prays for the Church to be one even as the Father and he are one.
The Bible says while we were his enemies Christ died for us.
My question to the Bill O'Reillys of this world and to the many thousands of divisions and fractures in the Body Christian...
When did we STOP being his enemies?
Did we stop?
Satan = enemy / opposer
God created us. Jesus died for us. He gave us the Bible as the TRUTH standard. Yet we treat it like a good luck charm to have in our homes... an unread decoration a thing to carry around to look holy... when it is the greatest treasure in this world and we should be in its pages gorging ourselves like no other thing in this world... it is authority in print.