Note to the reader: This is a revision of my original post. Please read the original article, which follows the video link to the Factor Video.
Since the airing of the Factor with Bill O’Reilly, there has been somewhat of an outrage about his statement that the Gospels have contradictions and that many of the stories in the Bible are allegories. Many of his viewers and myself do not agree with his view and interpretation of the Bible.
On March 6th, Bill interviewed Robert Jeffress the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. O’Reilly in his own words admitted that he personally does not believe in the story of Adam and Eve, Noah and Jonah who was in the belly of the great fish for three days. He said that the Roman Catholic Church teaches that those and many other stories in the Bible are allegories to teach us spiritual lessons.
Pastor Jeffries did not agree with Mr. O’Reilly on those points such as Adam and Eve and Jonah. The Pastor pointed out to O’Reilly that Jesus confirmed those stories and that He did not look at them as allegorical stories but real people and that they are true stories in the Bible.Unfortunately, O’Reilly also believes in evolution rather than a six day creation of all things by Almighty God.
I am attaching the video link of that conversation between Jeffries and O’Reilly. You can judge for yourself. I have come to the conclusion that Bill O’Reilly has absolutely no spiritual understanding of the Bible and what it teaches. He even wants to separate the Old Testament from the New Testament, which is absurd. The Old Testament is all about Jesus and without the OT we would not have the full picture of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind.
Every single book of the Old Testament points to Jesus. The New Testament reveals what the Old Testament concealed.
Bill O’Reilly is exactly the kind of person Paul wrote about: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14.
Here is the link: http://youtu.be/bcAZm4_LLnA
My original article before the above revision/update:
Bill O’Reilly did a segment on the factor about the new documentary series, “The Bible” on the History channel. He stated in this segment that there are many contradictions in the Gospels, which led me to respond, because I couldn’t believe my ears that evening, that a statement like that would be made by a so-called Christian.
Since I wrote this article, some people wrote Bill via e-mail, which he reads at the end of the factor. One of the viewers responded by writing that Jesus confirmed Jonah, creation i.e Adam and Eve, to which O’Reilly responded that the viewer was absolutely wrong and that he should read his new book Killing Jesus to find the truth. There are many people who disagree with Mister Bill O’Reilly.
Mr. O’Reilly, there are no contradictions, the four gospels compliment each other, each from a different viewpoint.
It’s like 4 people, standing on a different corner of an intersection, watching an accident. All four saw the same event, but from a slightly different perspective.
Each Gospel gives us a unique look at the life of Jesus and we get the complete picture by studying them. There are no contradictions.
Every time someone claims that there are contradictions in the Bible, they have been refuted by various true Bible scholars and people who have studied the Bible in-depth.
As followers and disciples of Jesus, we all need to know and study the word so that we can defend our faith.
Bill O’Reilly comes from a Roman Catholic background. I don’t doubt his faith, but when it comes to the knowledge of the whole counsel of God, I have to question that. I have heard him many times speak about faith and Jesus, but I am certain that he hasn’t done any expository studies of any books in the Bible.
The Roman Catholic Church is not known for teaching the word of God to the people verse by verse, book by book in an expository fashion. I don’t mean to offend any of my Roman Catholic friends, but in my opinion, most Roman Catholics around the world do not have a comprehensive understanding of the written word of God.
When it comes to Mr. O’Reilly, I wish that he would just stick to politics, where he has an opinion, but please Mr. O’Reilly do not make statements like you did tonight and presenting them as factual.
God’s word does not contradict itself. God’s word is the absolute truth.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16, 17.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.
The Fear that I have is , that once the new book is coming out that many weaker or liberal Christians in the faith will believe the views of O’Reilly, just as many of these weak unlearned Christians believed Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code.”
I hope that many will see this error of O’Reilly and realize that he is not a strong and studied Bible believing Christian. His tip of the day the other day was to at least spend one hour a week thinking about spiritual things. One Hour? For a true disciple and follower of Jesus Christ we are or should be in the Spirit 24/7 365 days a year. Everyday we commune with God not just once a week to atone as he said it on his show.
Personally I view Bill O’Reilly as a very opinionated and arrogant person, that acts like he is above others. I do not see the humbleness Jesus Who is God displayed while He was walking the earth in Bill O’Reilly. Even-though scriptures tell us to become more and more like Christ, conforming into His image.
I don’t like judging people, but I believe strongly that O’Reilly is wrong on this and I will not read his book, because I have the feeling that it will have many inaccuracy in it that stem from his Roman Catholic View rather than from a born again view.
If he had the Holy Spirit dwelling within him, he would never say the things he says, because it is the Holy Spirit Who bears witness to the truth found only in the Word of God.
I would like my readers to understand that these opinions are mine and I am not out to offend anybody, but I as believer need to speak up when someone makes a bold statements by people like O’Reilly. Please pray for Bill Reilly and many other Roman Catholic believers that have the same views, that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit and see the truth.
Video courtesy of Fox News Corp.
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To both of you, the real Bible IS inerrant, it does NOT have contradictions, it just contradicts unbelievers who want to dismiss truths from it as “somebody’s view of the Bible”. A big problem today is the corruption that creeps into congregations of believers and wolves in sheep’s clothing who go to cementeries (that’s right, cementeries) where weaker faith is buried under an onslaught of Hebrew and Greek lexicons and old manuscripts “rescued” by thieves like Tischendorff from a trash can in a monastery (Sinaiticus) or by unbelieving scoffers like Westcott and Hort from the dungeons of the Vatican (Vaticanus). Here come the guys educated in languages who think the language of spiritual things can be discerned for “translation” by things of this world, so they grab dictionaries based on lexicons written by Hitler’s “Christian” spiritual adviser Gerard Kittel (search it, look it up).
No wonder modern “translations” say “slave” instead of “servant”, Christians forget that the laws of Moses BANNED enslaving anybody, and no wonder that Christians read words like “holy race” and think nothing of it when it should be “holy seed”. Spiritual truth: There is only ONE race, it’s the HUMAN race.
Amen to that, thanks for your comment. Much appreciated.
Its is so true that a great number of media people have no spiritual knowledge of the word .They may know the Bible as a book from cover to cover but not the word for it is only by faith that we can understand it. and faith comes by hearing the word of God but just like someone has just noted Bill and a great number of people are not born again but are religious while others claim to be spiritual but not by the spirit of God. They are Christians without Christ and that’s why all the contradiction. Reading the Bible gives knowledge while sincere prayer in faith opens the spiritual realm to us so in order to have revelation we have tp study the word and pray in faith and humility so we can know God by the leading of the Holy spirit and yes the word is inerrant.
I should clarify that I am talking about the ” killing,” books where his ” co-author.” is Martin Dugard, Bottom line obviously, is by merely giving mental assent to the abstract truth that Jesus is the Son of God does not save. One , of course, has to actually be born again. It’s a sad sign of the times that one has to clarify that. Blessings to you too brother.
Thank you Appolus, some good points you brought up. Didn’t know about him not writing the books himself. I pray that he and many other Roman Catholic will see the truth one day. Blessings to you.
I would just make a couple of points. Where has Mr O’Reily ever given the impression that he has been born again? He is a Catholic, and why one would assume that he is born again I do not know. He has amply shown over the years that he is not a genuine Christian. This is not the first time nor will it be the last I am guessing, where his appaling lack of knowledge of the Scriptures is on display. Many right wing Christians want to believe he is a Christian because he represents their brand of politics, this is a mixture of the world and religion which never ends well. And just for the record, he does not write any of these books, he merely puts his name to it. He wil argue that he goes over every line, but editiing a book does not constitute writing a book.
Among other things i am saying that you are defending you view of the bible. Not the bible.
I’m not quite sure where you trying to go with this. I wrote the article because of some statements O’Reilly made that are simply not true. I’m not sure what more I can say to you. God’s word is the absolute truth and that is a fact. The Scriptures have been preserved for us to read and learn from. The Bible is the inspired word of God written by man through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I’m not just believing that through faith, the historicity and reliability of the Bible has been proven over and over again. The Word of God has stand up to the test of time. To your last sentence, God cannot and does not lie. Lies come from the evil one. God does not lie or hides things from His children. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the believers. I’m not sure what you objection to my article is. I just defend God’s word from people that either try to discredit the Bible or have no understanding of the Bible as O’Reilly has shown by his statements a few days ago and again last night. That is what the apologetic approach s all about.
I thank you for mentioning issues of translation and greek and all of that… But, i can assure you nowadays thats quite common knowledge… But that does not address my issue with your statement. Actually your answer makes it worse. This why. On one hand you state:
A) If the Bible would contain contradictions as some claim, than the Bible would no be the infallible word of God.
Which asserts a logical (and trust me quite understandable ) imperative on the bible. This IS the only way YOU can accept the bible. Therefore it must be that way.
On the other hand you state
B) “your impression is incorrect that our faith needs the bible to be innerrant”.
Strictly from a logical point of view these statements are mutually exclusive.
Again, i’m making no statement on the actual innerrancy of the bible.
What i state however is that biblical innerrancy is dogma NOT bourne out of the bible, but out of regular common sense logic.
Now has God always used innerrant means to inspire, to exhort, reprimand… Etc?
Thank you Adrienne for your comment. I have to agree with you to a certain extend. People are flawed as well as Politicians and Governments. There are corrupt people on both side of the aisle. As believers we know that ultimately a one World Government will come. The word of God says so and we can see it coming. The final act has begun already. We are not of this world, but we live in this world and as long as I live and hear somebody making a remark about the word of God which is untrue as O’Reilly did, I will speak up. I do not make any distinction between the right and the left when it comes to Godly issues. It is nice to hear from you, I hope all is well with you. Blessings, Freddy.
Personally, I think one should take FOX NEWS with a grain of salt, not just Bill O’ Reilly. Eventually, I believe many Christians will realize that the right *and* the left are corrupt as far as government and the future of America is concerned. They are all in on globalism and creating a new world order. And the talking heads are all a part of that plan too. Anyway, I’m glad you caught his little blurb, Freddy. I saw it too and thought to myself, “Way to show your true colors, Bill..”
Thank you Debbie, very much agree and appreciate your feedback.
Thank you Rick, much appreciated. I know that there are some that will disagree with me and that is okay. As of now, we can speak our minds without being persecuted, which may change one day.
Thank you for your comments. To your question in this comment on the supposedly contradictions Bill O’ Reilly and btw many others have raised in the past. The answer is that there are no contradictions and that is a fact. If the Bible would contain contradictions as some claim, than the Bible would no be the infallible word of God.Your impression is not correct that our faith needs the Bible to be inerrant. Every believer should as Paul wrote, exam the scriptures and see if the things are so. Just as the Beran’s did.They studied the scriptures in depth and found it to be the truth. Just as them we as true believers that study the Bible know that it is inerrant. Of course we need to remember that the Bible was translated from the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek languages and on some occasions, certain verses can be lost in translation. The translators did their best to translate the ancient text into English. The Greek language for example is much richer in words than the English language. As an example the word love. In the English, we use the word for many occasions. Like, I love my wife, I love my dog or I love hamburgers. In the Greek there are 4 different ways the word love is used. There is Eros which is physical or desired kind of love. There is philia with is brotherly love, storge, which is affection to the family for example. And than there is Agape, which is unconditional love. When the Bible uses that word in certain verses, it describes God’s unconditional love for us. That’s why we use the concordances which give us a better inside to the meaning of some words. That why when we study the word get a more complete and deeper understanding what the Holy Spirit inspired writers of the Bible wanted us to know. I have learned to compare scriptures with scriptures and if someone does not do that, they can come up with all kinds of doctrines which are slanted to fit their agenda. When someone like Bill O’Reilly makes a statement on national TV that the Gospels contradict each other without backing it up and just let it be as a fact, I will have to speak up. Many people that are not very well familiar with the Bible, will believe statements like that and take it for a fact. It;s just like people watching the History channel or watch movies like the Da Vinci Code and believe what people state or write, even if what has been said or written is false. Once something like that has been said or written, it’s out there and the damage is done. I am just defending my faith and I do not like it when people make statements without backing them up.
We watch O’Reilly on occasion and know that he believes in God but not sure if he is saved. I totally agree with you that Bill needs to stick to politics. He is a great advocate for humanities and a mid to far right conservative. There are no contradictions to the Bible!! It’s the Absolute Truth!! I’ll pass along your comments to my wife who also watches Bill on occasion. FAR and BALANCED!!
I would like to also add that I do find astonishing the statement: “Mr. O’Reilly, there are no contradictions, “. Is it a viewpoint to which the bible must conform? or is it a fact based conclusion?
I get the impression that you and others need the bible that way, meaning for things to make sense, for your faith to hold, the bible must not contradict itself. If I am right I dare say you would not be defending the bible but your view point of the bible. Therein lies a very pernicious deception. Do you trust the bible or your views on the blble?
If the bible is your source of understanding… it will remain so regardless of real or apparent contradictions because presumably the teaching transcend the tool.
Even if it were true that the bible has no contradiction the problem I highlighted above would still remain. You would just not have to face it.
Thank you so much for sharing…many of the conservatives that I listen to, are from other faiths…it is nice to know which ones. Hope and pray they will come to know the truth!
By no means am i an OReilly fan, but, an argument which consist in singling out a background in order to make a point about an individual is pretty weak at best.
I guess as far as you are concerned nothing good can come from Nazareth…
Amen to that. I’m not sure what will be in his book, killing Jesus, but I have the feeling from hearing tonight’s comments that he will address his supposed contradictions and other issues, once again confusing some people that are not well versed. I agree with you on praying for him. I like him as well, but as you said he is larger than life and he is opinionated and appears arrogant at times. Either way, I wish he would stick to politics. Have a blessed night and thanks for visiting my blog.
I like O’Reilly and sure admire how he stickhandles some of the world’s toughest political diatribe and debates with aplomb and a smile. But when I heard this program I thought, “oboy, he’s really out on a limb now!”, especially with his spouting off in a kind of smart aleck way about biblical contradictions, while promoting his upcoming ‘Killing Jesus’ book. I had to wonder, is this just O’Reilly challenging his viewers to draw interest to the book…and to raise a little controversy? Maybe, maybe not. He is definitely one larger than life character! Praying for Bll. The way I figure it, he’s just the kind of guy God likes to meet up with personally. 🙂