Why Would Any Christian Be Excited About Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Jesus' Book?

Hey, Bill O'Reilly, I hear you have a new book called Killing Jesus coming out soon.

Gee, kind of redundant, isn't it?

I mean, I hate to break it to ya, but the world doesn't need a "history book" about Jesus. We already have one. It's called the Holy Bible.

Not sure how your first-class "Market Research Team" missed that one when they confirmed that this was what your next bestseller just had to be about in order to capture the public's attention and interest.

Plus, it's gonna be tough for you to create His-story from scratch, or to presents the "facts" based on your own fallen, sinful, subjective perspective, don't ya think?

How "fair and balanced" is that, my friend?

Lastly, I know you're a New York Times Best-Selling Author and all, but I'm pretty sure you won't even come close to generating sales comparative to the Best Selling Book of All Time (again, that's the Holy Bible that holds that distinction despite all the attacks against its veracity through the ages).

Put that in your "Talking Points Memo" please.

Sadly, he won't, and this book will only add confusion to our "more sure word" (2 Peter 1:19).

How do I know this?


Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Jesus' Already a Bestseller?

Nonfiction Title Details 'Murder of Beloved and Controversial Young Revolutionary'


Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard have teamed up once again for a follow-up to their successful Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln books by tackling Christ's "murder" in Killing Jesus: A History. The book, available Sept. 24, has already emerged as No. 1 on Amazon and seems poised to become an instant bestseller.

In Killing Jesus O'Reilly "details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth," according to publisher Henry Holt and Company.

"Jesus Christ has not walked among us physically for more than two thousand years, yet his presence today is felt the world over and his spirit is worshipped by more than 2.2 billion people," O'Reilly said in a press release earlier this year. "His teachings, his legacy, his life as a flesh-and-blood man, and his death created the world in which we live."

"Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable — and changed the world forever," adds the publisher.

As of press time, Killing Jesus was ranked No. 1 in general religious books, in religion-related history and in Christology on Amazon, with the hardcover, Kindle edition and audio versions dominating the lists.

O'Reilly and Dugard's latest historical offering appears set to become a blockbuster, especially with the National Geographic Channel again partnering with the authors for a television adaptation of Killing Jesus, as was done with their previous two titles.

I'm left wondering why any Christian would be genuinely excited about Bill O'Reilly's upcoming book Killing Jesus when we know it will completely distort the truth.

I suppose if you were eager to read it simply so that you were aware of the half-truths and lies, then that would be ok.

Still, I have a tough time listening to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are more enthusiastic about reading this book than they are to pick up the very Word of God.

Perhaps we have forgotten to revere the holy Scriptures let alone the cost that was paid so that we could have access to it in this country whenever we want it.

Don't get me wrong, it's good for Christians to read books about our cherished faith as well as our cherished Lord and Savior, but not in place of a regular reading of the Holy Bible.

Such books should be a complement to our Bible studies, and never the primary source of truth about Christianity.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV) 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 2:15-16 (ESV) 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

Still think that Mr. O'Reilly will be able to add even an ounce of truth to the truth that was already revealed to us in the Word?

O'Reilly, who holds a BA in history, said last year he was "excited" about the book project concerning the life and death of Jesus.

"Separating fact from myth based on various sources with their own agendas, it was extremely difficult delivering an accurate account of how Jesus died, lived and how his message affected the world," he added.

O'Reilly, a Roman Catholic, has said he believes God used evolution to create the world. He considers many of the Old Testament writings to be allegorical while he believes the New Testament contains historical accounts.
[VIA: The same article referenced above]

Dearly beloved, we must be prepared to stand firm in the faith and have this discussion when it comes up with loved ones (Jude 1:3).

The way I see it, it's only going to intensify in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

How can it not? This instant national bestseller will wage war for people's hearts and minds within the public arena right on the heels of Pope Francis' recent controversial (and un-Biblical) pronouncements that make a "shipwreck" of the faith (1 Timothy 1:19).

Contend. Defend. Preach the pure Gospel, and preach Christ crucified.

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1 comment:

  1. Here's a book review from Pastor Sam Schuldheisz titled "Killing History: A Book Review of 'Killing Jesus' by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard" that you should read...

    http://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=33289

    In Christ Alone,
    Jeff

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