Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: Bill Maher

Tuesday night on the MSNBC nightly news show, Scarborough Country, Joe Scarborough interviewed Bill Maher. Maher said he is making a documentary in which he trashes God and Christianity, indeed, all religion. He said religion is destructive and a myth.

Here is a linked article by Cindy Adams, telling all about it. She says Maher is a bad, bad boy.

And here is another linked article by Jim Brown—a little different attitude about it.

Joe Scarborough asked Maher, “Do you believe in God?” Maher wouldn’t say “no.” He stalled a little bit and then said he is something like an “apatheticist.” In other words, he thinks there may be some higher force.

But, he said, it isn’t God and it isn’t human.

The important thing, he said, is to mainly be good, for the sake of being good.

He said Christians are all out for salvation, to save their own personal hides.

Scarborough pointed out that Jesus said the important thing is to take care of the poor, the needy, the sick.

Maher answered, yes, that’s in there; he has read it. But the big important thing is salvation, and that’s selfish, in his opinion.

It seems to me that I can’t get into an argument with somebody like him. His mind is made up and all arguments have the effect of making him talk louder and be more defensive. So what can I do?

I think the more important thing to do with somebody like that is to show him God’s love by loving him (and others like him) unconditionally. And it’s important to show them by caring for the needy, not just in words but in action and in truth, not just talk about it.

The Bible, in First John 3, says we should act right and we should love other people: “Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.”

We don’t have to browbeat people, but just tell them what God has done for us. We can tell them how he has changed our hearts and made us a new creation.

How do we know? Because of God’s Spirit that he gives us.

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