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The Great Tebow Hoax

Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays on the field prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.
(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Whether you are a Tim Tebow supporter or not, nearly everyone is in universal agreement about this one thing: Tebow is sincere about his beliefs. His football skills are a matter of great debate. His leadership of the upstart Denver Broncos is constantly being analyzed. Teammates and opponents alike marvel at Tebow's competitive spirit and will to win. But the sincerity of his Christian beliefs is never in question.

However, the great hoax surrounding Tebow is this: the sincerity of his beliefs don't make a bit of difference. The real question is, "Are his beliefs true?" Larry Fitzgerald, star receiver for the Arizona Cardinals and a Christian athlete himself, was quoted by Roy S. Johnson of saying, "I'm happy for him [Tebow]. He's had success doing it the right way. He's setting a good example for kids by demonstrating that whatever your religion, if you believe strongly in it, live your life the way you want to live it, don't let society dictate how you live your faith."

Fitzgerald, like Tebow, is respected for the quality of his character along with the quality of his athletic play. His statement about Tebow reflects what many people believe about public figures who are outspoken Christians. But that statement has a serious flaw, one which perpetuates a hoax about faith in general. The hoax is that as long as a person has sincere belief in their faith and lives a life consistent with their beliefs, then society should respect that. But what if their sincerely held beliefs are false? That question is not often asked. Even in the wake of the 911 attacks by radical Islamists, society frowned on evaluating the truth claims of the terrorists who seemed to be acting with great sincerity toward their faith.

As an Evangelical Christian, I have sincerely held beliefs quite similar to those held by Tim Tebow. I am convinced these beliefs are reasonable and true. The news about Jesus Christ -His coming to Earth to minister, His death, burial, and resurrection, His future return to put all things right once and for all -this is the essential truth of the Christian faith. It is historical and evidential. Ours is a faith grounded in facts, not hoaxes.


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