It’s a commonplace scenario that was repeated recently: Christian invites unbeliever to salvation. Unbelieving onlookers wag their heads and proceed to enact the contemporary equivalent of stoning or the lion’s den, whichever stamps the notion out quickest.
“Wow, Hume’s attempt to inject religion into a discussion of the Woods mess, and then setting one religion as superior and more forgiving to another…” (Olbermann)
Two things you need to get straight, Keith. For one, this was a very lame swipe at FOX News, because Brit Hume was speaking as a guest on a panel, not as a broadcaster. He said what his message to Tiger Woods would be as one person to another. Secondly, of course a Christian is going to assert that following Christ is superior to other religions, because Christ said so! That’s the whole reason why we’re Christians! Faith is not subjective like different hairstyles or ice cream flavors. Only one can be right.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
– John 14:6
“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.”
– Luke 11:23
“Do you suppose I came to bring peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division…”
– Luke 12:51
The Man insisted He was the One and Only Son of God. Buddha never said anything like that.
“There’s Brit Hume on FOX News suggesting that people should be Christians…because it offers the ‘best deal’, the get-out-of-adultery-free card that other religions can’t.” (Savage)
Christianity is the best deal around? You better believe it! Following Christ is about gaining eternal salvation and losing the nastiness of the world. It’s about condemning sin for what it is, and choosing to live like a child of the King. It’s not about religious activity, it’s about relationship with a Person. One of the best Biblical case points of redemption is that of Rahab, the Canaanite prostitute who repented and helped bring victory to YAHWEH’s chosen people (Joshua 2). She was redeemed, and as a result of her faith (Hebrews 11: 31) became a direct ancestress of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5)!
Among other religions, Buddhism doesn’t offer true forgiveness and salvation because, like atheism, it doesn’t believe there is anything to be saved from. But regardless, Brit wasn’t intending to make a point about Buddhism. He was talking about the redemption of Tiger’s soul, and merely saying what he would tell him if he had the chance.
“When Christ is mentioned…all Hell breaks loose.” (Hume)
Yes, every time skeptics condemn Christianity, they reaffirm the Bible.
“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.*’ For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”
– 2 Peter 3:3-7
*Notice that this word is often replaced with evolution (and the Big Bang) nowadays, and that this passage illustrates common arguments against the Bible: Uniformitarianism, discounting the worldwide Flood, and disbelief in judgment. It also explains the presuppositions that block scientific advancement (“For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice…”).
“Keep religious advocacy out of public life since, you know, the worst examples of that are jihadists.” (Olbermann)
Secularists have yet to realize that there is no such thing as a neutral society. People are not robots that can be programmed to devote various percentages of themselves to “religion” and State. Not even atheists are neutral; they are religiously anti-religion. Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists states explicitly that the “wall of separation between Church & State” is there to prevent the government from violating citizens’ rights of conscience – that is, the government cannot establish a State-sponsored Church and force everyone to worship under it. NOTE: Do not read Jefferson’s letter if you experience an extreme allergic reaction at the mention of the words “Creator of man” or experience similar symptoms when doctors and nurses refuse to perform abortions because it violates their conscience.
“Where are the moderate liberal Christians?” (Savage)
Oh, would you like to know?
“So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”
– Revelation 3:16
Jesus doesn’t like moderate Christians. You can’t think and live with one foot in Heaven and the other in Hell your whole life and truly please Christ. Make up you mind. Whose side are you on?
“WWJDIHS – What would Jesus do if He strayed?” (Olbermann)
Oh Mr. Olbermann, you know not what you say. By the way, it’s been 1,977 years since Jesus declared “mission accomplished.” He’s coming back.
UPDATE 01/24/10: – Matt Barber of Town Hall wrote that Keith Olbermann actually “suggest[ed] that Jesus may have been a homosexual and wondering aloud: ‘WWJDIHS: What would Jesus do if he’s straight?'” http://townhall.com/columnists/MattBarber/2010/01/08/the_crucifixion_of_brit_hume