Many fundamental arch-conservatives in the Atlanta area trust Fox News to be fair and balanced in their reporting watch the O’Reilly Factor. Mr. O’Reilly is an author, columnist, speaker, and the host of the O’Reilly Factor on Fox News. During the past election, he mentioned that Christians take the Bible too literally.
In the past, he explained that when he grew up, he learned in Catholic school that the Bible’s stories/accounts were allegorical in nature, and not to be taken literally.
As a writer it is always easier to write happy, feel good articles, etc. But the Bible exhorts us to warn people. When I first heard about the book, “Killing Jesus,” I couldn’t help but being interested as to what the title meant.
I was disappointed to learn a number of things about the new potential best seller and believe that according to the Word of God, the book is in error. Anything that questions the Word of God, needs to be questioned.
The book is an effort to separate fact from faith and to try to keep to the historical Jesus only, even though, by the author’s claims, it picks and chooses certain parts only and takes only a historical angle. Mr. O’Reilly claims it to be a book about history and not religion. However, can Jesus be separated from who He was? He claimed to be the son of God; He was all man and all God. (John 3)
In a first interview about the new book, on September 29th, Mr. O’Reilly told 60 Minutes correspondent, Norah O’Donnell, that all the ideas came to him in the middle of the night, including the title, “Killing Jesus.” Because he is Catholic he believes the inspiration came from the Holy Spirit.
When asked about why he was chosen, he responded, “You’re asking me to speculate about the Deity.”
“Killing Jesus” according to Mr. O’Reilly, examines the final days and hours of Jesus before he was crucified. However in his own words, he contradicts what the Bible says, including the phrase, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” He believes Jesus said those words, just not on the cross. “If you want to take the Bible literally, then it’s your right to do that.”
He further believes that Jesus was crucified because of money, unlike what the Bible teaches, that Jesus laid his life down. Yes, he was crucified at the hand of sinners, but He allowed it to be so. He did pray, “Father, if there be any other way, nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.”
He used the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as some of his sources, as well as others including Jews, Muslims, etc. He believes the order of the Bible is accurate, but does not take it literally.
When asked about what he learned in writing the book, he replied, “I learned that Jesus is the most famous person that ever lived.”
Some scriptures that can be used to bring the book into question are as follows:
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” Proverbs 30:5 (KJV)
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8-9 (KJV)
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” II Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
I do not question the sincerity of Mr. O’Reilly in writing the book. However, to contradict the Bible, could lead many to question the authority of God’s Word, which was what satan attempted to do in the garden. (Genesis 3)
These words ring true, "God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged." Romans 3:4 (KJV)