“Killing Jesus” treats the world to another movie of a dead Christ. From “The Greatest Story Ever Told” to Bill’s rendition of a man bumbling his way into become a martyred Rabbi. If the Resurrection was not a historic event then the world still lives in sin and there is no salvation through Christ.
Upon hearing that Bill O’Reilly had a Moslem playing the part of Jesus in the movie version of his book, “Killing Jesus,” I became curious how the actor would reconcile his faith with the Resurrection of the Christ. My answer came with viewing the movie which, according to O’Reilly, is a historical account of the life of Jesus and his execution at the hands of the Romans. What I witnessed was not the Gospel of the Bible in which a Messiah taught the Word of God, performed miracles, and filled the hearts of thousands with faith and hope, but a man who stumbled into a life as a prophet who was killed for his beliefs. What I witnessed was not a depiction of the Living Christ of the Bible, but the dead Jesus of the Koran.
Bill is a devout Catholic and, he says, a believer, but what does he truly believe? There are two types of Christians in the world. One believes in their heart and soul that Jesus is the Savior sent by God to redeem the world of sin, and that he died on the cross and resurrected as proof of his divinity. The other believes in the philosophy of Jesus and embrace His teachings of the Golden Rule to “love your enemy, bless those who curse you, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Personally, I believe in Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah who performed miracles, spoke the World of God, died and Resurrected himself to stand on the Right Hand of God as His Son. Islam teaches that this is a lie, that God had no son, but that this is a fantasy perpetrated by lying Jews, which is why a Moslem could play the part of Jesus in O’Reilly’s movie. Moslems, Jews, atheists, and anti-Christians are perfectly happy with a dead Jesus who spoke of nice things. While Catholics and Protestants differ greatly on the deity of Jesus vs. the divinity of Christ, the gulf between Christian philosophy and Christ the Savior is almost as great as that between deists and atheists.
For myself, I have learned from many philosophers how to think righteously and act morally, especially men such as the Buddha Siddhartha and the Greek philosopher Socrates. But while I endeavor to live by the Commandments of Christ, what is called the Christian philosophy of Jesus, I would not be a Christian, nor care much about the teachings of the church, if he were merely one more dead philosopher. Christians really have no use for a dead Christ.
Letter to Bill O’Reilly at The Factor
firstname.lastname@example.org: In “Killing Jesus” you kill the Christ
I saw “Killing Jesus” and found myself wondering, do you not believe in the Resurrection? What do you believe it was since if not a historic event? Why do you believe you are going to Heaven if Christ is not the Risen Savior? The Holy Spirit called you to witness for Christ – and you failed. Thanks, Bill, for treating the world to another dead Christ.
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