Getting stuck in the beginning misses the entire plot. I don’t care HOW He did it, I just know that He DID. The point is that He created it – and US – so that His relational & giving nature (being 3 persons in One God) would be satisfied to ENJOY and see His Creation – US – enjoy HIM. Of course there have been LOTS of zigs and zags, starting almost right away (like Gen. 3 when His Creation first chose to be deceived by temptation and their own way rather than His). The rest of the story is the working out of God’s path for man and woman to get back to that original intended loving relationship with their Creator. Now there’s another reason that people hate God – or their idea of Him – because, as in the beginning, they continue to want to run life their own way, but in doing so, often run up against one rock or hard place after another! But God keeps calling them forward to a time when He HIMSELF will come down and become one of His Creation in order to solve, once and for all, the problem of selfishness and waywardness (i.e. our sin nature). Over 300 times in thousands of years, he paved the way, and let people know what was to come – a WAY, a TRUTH and a LIFE – come to demonstrate LOVE made flesh! One last bloody sacrifice to cover ALL sins for all time, if we only looked up at the God-man on the cross in the way that the Israelites looked at the bronze serpent in the desert, and those who did so, tho bitten by vipers, lived. The rest is response. THAT’S the nutshell!
March 31, 2015 at 3:43am
Yeah – that sounds like parrot talk by an unbeliever who is just repeating what he has heard. Have you done any of your OWN research? That might not be such a bad idea. Like students of debate, they have to know BOTH arguments – pro and con. How about you looking into the other side of the debate – if you have the intellectual integrity to do the hard work. There are lots of experts in the fields of history, archeology, Aramaic (the main language that Jesus spoke), and more that you might learn something from. Don’t be so sure of yourself. You might find yourself surprised. To give you a running start, check out the book, “Dethroning Jesus.” Just one of many, but a starting point to jump off from. If you think your “facts” can hold up to a few others.
 March 31, 2015 at 3:33am
Non-fiction. Although no one will change your mind, as you seem to have it made up. What part do you see as made up? Jesus as a historical person? That’s been proven by extra-biblical historians that Jesus was indeed real and lived in a particular time and place, unlike fiction characters. The fact that his life fulfilled over 300 biblical Old Testament prophesies that He could not have “made to happen,” coincidentally (now THAT would be a miracle indeed!) at astronomical odds makes your unbelief, well… illogical and requiring far too much faith for me!
March 31, 2015 at 3:25am
Yes – of course. The mocker will not change and turn suddenly to believe, even IF a man would rise up from the dead. However, those (like the actor portraying Peter) who have an questioning heart and mind searching for truth WILL find what they are seeking (“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matt. 5:6). It sounds like he was. Stop looking always for evil. Remember that where Jesus is (even when done poorly – do you not think that His Spirit was not looking for opportunities to move in people’s hearts? Of COURSE He was – and DID!)
 March 31, 2015 at 3:17am
I haven’t read his books, and I didn’t see this movie. I’m sure he thought that Jesus would be the pinnacle of his “Killing ____” series. However, he overlooked the faith factor and the fact that Jesus was more than JUST a man. Trying to take him down to that level will never work as long as there are the eyewitness accounts to attest that his “histories” are incomplete!
 March 31, 2015 at 3:14am
Sounds more like Jesus Christ Superstar than the Gospels! To take away His miracles and supernatural aspect, as well as the things he said about Himself as pertaining to His divinity (check out John 5-8, Matt. 24 for chunks – best to read all the Gospels for the “full meal deal” in context!), is not to be more faithful to history, but LESS so. It’s like writing a biography of someone but leaving out the parts that explained who that person was and what made them that way. You are left with no more than a paper man – and in Jesus’ case – just confusing people more, because you are judging by YOUR standards and beliefs how to portray someone apart from the way his contemporaries and eyewitnesses (and biographers) portrayed him. It’s like telling a story about – say, David of the Bible to Jonathan (his best friend), and leaving out all of his battles and his relationship with God, and the writing of the Psalms. These are parts that say that he really KNEW the man. But you know better, and for the sake of “history” – YOUR version – you pick and choose what to tell about David. Who will know David better? Jonathan or a reader of the gutted version on paper? In Jesus’ case, it’s even worse, because to take His divinity away (for the sake of so-called secular history – “just the facts, ma’am”), just leaves one with more questions, like, “Ok, so, a nice guy but why did 11 of his followers allow themselves to die for just another nice guy?” He wasn’t that. Read ALL His words!
If I am not mistaken, Catholics were not allowed or maybe not encouraged to read and carry the bible to church during the time Oriely was a boy. He does not have the SOUND foundation that many on here appear to have. It is important to bring up a Child in the Word of God. Many priests during the time Oriely was a boy, READ few verses in church and today that has changed. I am very happy that the Catholic church has begun to read the bible IN CHURCH.
 March 31, 2015 at 2:55am
I disagree. In fact, the Bible disagrees. In Phil. 2:5-8:
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, BEING IN VERY NATURE GOD, DID NOT CONSIDER EQUALITY WITH GOD SOMETHING TO BE GRASPED, BUT MADE HIMSELF NOTHING, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!” So in the book of Philippians, it says that Jesus WAS God and KNEW He was God. It’s also in the Gospel of John 1:1-2 & 14: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was WITH God and the Word WAS God…The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.” You can also find the same truth in Romans ch. 1, Colossians ch. 1, Hebrews 1:3-4 and more. The idea is that this truth is found across the spectrum of the New Testament, not just one isolated verse. He was not disguised to LOOK like man – he WAS man, and he WAS / IS God, as the numerous Scriptures attest. In fact, when he was first baptized, the Holy Spirit came down on his head in the form of a dove, and the voice of His Father spoke, saying “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 4 / Lk 3). Right after that, he was tempted by Satan in the desert. When the devil asked Jesus to prove himself, using Scripture to prove that Jesus wouldn’t be hurt by throwing himself down off the cliff Jesus responded (clearly about himself, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Jesus knew.
 March 31, 2015 at 2:16am
And wouldn’t it be worth it if just ONE of the actors changed the direction of their lives and came to know Jesus as Lord & Savior? I think He would agree to even having a Muslim play Him, if the Muslim was willing to consider who he was playing, if he was sincerely doing research and had a hunger for truth. God will never refuse anyone who “hungers and thirsts after righteousness.” He has reached many Muslims who are now His followers. Why not in this way? They may not find Him through this script, but perhaps as they research the Gospels to round out their knowledge (and get the “big picture,”), God can CERTAINLY reach ANYONE. I mean, you don’t know the path the man – either the Muslim playing Jesus or any of the other actors or crew members on the set, was on – before getting this role! Jesus did. Don’t be so quick to count out the very miracles you’re upset with O’Reilly for omitting! As for the actor playing Peter not figuring out how Christ stayed so popular after 2,000 years? YOU know that Jesus isn’t just about religion. This many, like many unbelievers, had probably never given Jesus a second glance until this movie came up and he got this role of a lifetime! Instead of being critical, how about praising God for the miracle of regeneration that He did in “Peter’s” life? Sometimes we get so far away from our own experience of salvation, that we forget that God uses MANY ways in the lives of all different people, to bring them to Himself.
 March 22, 2015 at 12:48pm
Listen to the “Church Boys” interview – there’s a good message there about Louis meeting up with several former students (of Victory Boys Camp) who shared their life changes as a result of being there. Change doesn’t often happen immediately. In most cases, it’s a PROCESS, as in the conversion of MOST of us, Louis Zamperini included. This may be one thread in Angie’s potential future conversion. We may never know. Even Brad may come back, if he ever had a relationship with Jesus to begin with.
March 22, 2015 at 12:37pm
You wouldn’t believe if someone would rise from the dead in front of your face. You have more FAITH than I do! That’s too much effort to back up such unbelief. Sad. I hope that someday you will let go of your efforts at unbelief and let TRUTH in.
October 12, 2012 at 2:27am
Definitely – that’s what I was asking myself when I read this? What’s one got to do with the other? The bottom line is that homosexuality is clearly spoken against in the Bible. Also, as a friend pointed out to me tonight, making a law allowing same-sex marriage would open the gate for any 2 individuals to “marry.” Men & boys, incestuous family members, adults with children (wouldn’t Islam support THAT!) , just to name a few. Also, this would be the end of free speech and freedom of religion as we know it. Christian pastors who oppose it on Biblical grounds would be forced to perform these “marriages” or be sued (or worse), business owners (like the bakery which was called to make a “wedding cake” for a same sex couple and refused was taken to court), and no one would be able to say a word in defense of Biblical marriage! We’ve sunk far enough already; This needs to STOP!
June 23, 2012 at 12:25pm
No- Tourette’s is involuntary – what they did was COMPLETELY by choice. It shows how tacky and class-less they (the gay activists) are. I’ve known quite a few gay people over the years, but none of them have been this rude and obnoxious. This kind of behavior takes a pro (activist). But the White House should have known better than to invite them. Well, (hopefully) lesson learned (or maybe I’m being too optimistic).
June 23, 2012 at 12:07pm
The Monk: Not reporters – he knows they are on his side. No worries there! (Unless some actually start opening their eyes and stop following like sheep).
June 23, 2012 at 12:03pm
Yes, I agree. Would they have been so cooperative if the request had been made by Romney? You know they wouldn’t, but the race card would have been flying! But because it’s Obama (as minority himself and liberal, not because he’s president), they probably laughed about it as they turned in their silverware. Wake up, people – he is not your friend! All he wants is money and votes – but he’s as much of a racial profiler as all the police that Latinos are always accusing of the same!
June 23, 2012 at 11:48am
Seems very racially profiling of him. As it’s already been mentioned, I doubt that any of his la-di-da rich people’s fund-raisers have been asked to surrender any of their silverware. What an insult to Latinos! Would they stand (or sit) for that if it was Romney who required it? I doubt it. And really – forks? With all the automatic weapons he’s sent into Mexico, I think forks should be the least of his concerns.
June 9, 2012 at 8:14pm
Just as MANY people jumped to conclusions that were wrong and tried Zimmerman in the media, we need to be careful that we don’t rush to judgment ourselves in a case like this. This boy is in an HONORS class, which should say something first of all. Next, what is his record of behavior like? Has he ever shown disrespect for the flag or America in the past? If so, then let the consequence fit the crime. But until everything is out there about him, we need to be careful not to be guilty of the same nonsense we are seeing on the liberal side! Two wrongs still don’t make a right. Facts first!
January 19, 2012 at 7:36pm
You mentioned Muslims praying as if it were a hypothetical. In fact, they are already given space in (some, maybe even many) public schools, during the school day, to pray, at least during Ramadan, if not at all times for those who choose. So then, if that is already the case, why not allow other students to pray?
The idea of disallowing a church to meet in a (unused on weekends) public school building for prayer and services is ludicrous. What are they afraid of? It might “rub off” and make them Christian? It doesn’t work that way. If any other business – and probably other than CHRISTIAN religious organization – wanted to rent the space on a Sunday, I can’t see as they would be denied. It’s money in their pockets. They’ve been doing it for years. NOW it becomes a matter of separation of church and state? Ridiculous!
January 15, 2012 at 10:39pm
Muslim children are already given space in public schools to pray during Ramadan (and other times?) DURING school hours. So is that not a church vs. state conflict? But when churches want to pay to use the facilities when NO children (hence: no conflict ) are present, the state puts up a STINK! Unreal!
December 17, 2011 at 3:35am
I don’t know anything about football and have only recently heard of Tim Tebow. But what I have heard of him, I am proud of, as I know his Heavenly Father is even more. He’s not doing what he does for the praise of men but to let them know who is really in charge and to give Jesus the glory. There will always be people like Press who are afraid of and put off by TRUTH (Jn. 14:6) and the FACT that they will one day be standing before Jesus as their JUDGE, like it or not.
I agree that Christians need to stand up for what we believe and make Jesus known in the public arena – and Tim is doing an awesome job of that, but I also have a problem with some “Christians” here who use the world’s (and Press’s) own language and insults against him. We must remember what Paul says about Spiritual Warfare! We do NOT fight as the world does. We need to PRAY for people like Press who are willingly ignorant. Jesus told us to pray for our enemies, and Stephen, as he was being stoned to death, prayed that God not hold it against them (because of their spiritual blindness and ignorance). Let’s be sure to follow the right examples here in order not to come across as rude and tacky as Press does. Would Jesus want us to talk like they do? I think we need to be careful and pray before responding. Otherwise, we’re no different than they are.
November 20, 2011 at 12:26am
Unfortunately, there is nothing HOLY in this ad! It’s just another way to disrespect Christians and desensitize people to putting down Christianity as we already see it happening all over the world.