Guantanamo Bay has nothing on the O’Reilly Factor. Watching Bill O’Reilly’s recent debate with Gov. Chafee of Rhode Island was downright torturous. Waterboarding is preferable to enduring Bill’s staggeringly dangerous defense of Christmas as a national holiday.
Bill has been trying to fend off the assaults of the secular left by labeling Christianity as a philosophy and not a religion. While this is contrary to every single dictionary on the internet, Bill claims that Christianity is a philosophy while Catholicism, Methodism, Lutheranism are religions.
Wait, it gets even goofier. He also demanded that Judaism is a religion but Christianity is not. For a moment I thought I was watching the Pat Robertson program.
To his Roman Catholic credit, Bill is trying to defend Christmas as a secular celebration in our country. While we Christians do not need Christmas to be recognized as a non-religious event, we must reject Bill’s labeling of Christianity as a mere philosophy. If his argument takes hold, he may rescue a holly jolly Christmas but he will have compromised our religion.
Christianity is not a philosophy
Jesus never claimed to be a philosopher, He claimed to be God. That is why they killed him.
Philosophy seeks truth but Jesus proclaimed He Himself is the truth. Jesus did not ponder what might be right, He proclaimed what was absolutely true.
Philosophy is the pursuit of rational wisdom, religion is the pursuit of supernatural wisdom.
Christianity, while rational, is a belief system.
Philosophy has no authority. One philosopher’s claims are as valid as the next. Not so in Christianity, the Bible claims that the inspired Word of God is the sole standard of truth.
Philosophy changes with the times, Christianity does not.
Philosophy typically rejects the supernatural, Christianity embraces it.
Philosophy is man-made, Christianity is God-inspired.
Philosophy does not offer forgiveness of sins and everlasting life, Christianity does.
Bill O’Reilly claims that the message of Christmas is universal. No, it’s not. When the angels announced, “Peace on earth, good will toward men,” they were not talking like beauty pageant contestants hoping for world peace. They were proclaiming that God was sending His Son to rescue us from the wrath that is to come.
The story of Christmas is not the tale of a philosopher named Jesus who changed the world with His thinking. Christmas is the story of the greatest miracle of all time, the incarnation of God into human flesh to redeem those who would repent and put their trust in Him. To claim that Jesus was a mere man with exceptional teachings is heresy.
Esau, the son of Isaac, sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. Bill O’Reilly is a modern day Esau. The man who is supposed to be watching out for us may well have become an enemy of our faith.