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Published On: Sun, Mar 10th, 2013

Dr Robert Jeffress crushes Bill O’Reilly on ‘allegory’ assertions of the Old Testament

Critics of the History Channel’s miniseries The Bible are targeting the interpretation of the Old Testament as literal and not an allegory. Even Fox News host Bill O’Reilly affirms this on his show.

This week Dr. Robert Jeffress appeared on the popular Fox show to dispute the claims.

Bill O'Reilly Dr Jeffress Fox News The Bible“I was taught, in my Catholic school, that a lot of the stories in the Bible are allegorical,” O’Reilly beings.

The Pastor refutes the argument by connecting the New Testament, the words of Jesus Christ, directly to these Old Testament “stories.”

“Here’s the problem, Bill,” Jeffress said to O’Reilly, who said that Old Testament stories are merely fictional lessons. “If you start labeling these stories as fictitious or fable, where do you stop? It’s like peeling the layers of an onion, you end up with nothing.”

O’Reilly asked Jeffress if he really believed Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.

Jeffress said, “Absolutely. They lived, they were actual human beings, and Jesus affirmed that in the 19th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. Jesus said there that God created man and female in the garden, and he brought them together in marriage.”

Jeffress also told O’Reilly that Jesus knew the Old Testament stories were real because Jesus connected his resurrecion to the story of Jonah. He said that as Jonah was in the fish for three days, so Jesus Christ shall be in the ground for three days until God raises him up.”

O’Reilly countered by saying that Jesus was using that story to “illustrate his point.”

Jeffress then cited a second New Testament example: “Jesus linked the story of Noah to his second coming. He said, as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be for the second coming of the son of man,” said Jeffress, who’s the author of the new book, How Can I Know?: Answers to Life’s 7 Most Important Questions. “If Jesus believed that the story of Noah was fictitious, why would he link it to a future probability and certainty.”

“You don’t link a future certainty with a past allegory,” he said to O’Reilly.

 

 

 

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  1. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    ALTHOUGH I DID NOT READ IT, Global Dispatch HAS AN ARTICLE ABOUT A TEACHER WHO SHOWED HIS Bible TO A STUDENT. I ASSUME HE WAS REPRIMANDED.

    IT SEEMS THE INTERNET HAS BECOME THE “HOME” FOR THE RELIGIOUS, AND, THE SOLE REASON WHY THE ELDERLY OF FAITH ENJOY ONLINE COMMUNICATION.

    AS AN ATHEIST, IT SEEMS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT PEOPLE OF FAITH HAVE NO IDEA – OR, HAVE LOST THE ABILITY – OF HOW TO REACH YOUNG PEOPLE. BUT, THIS PROBLEM STARTED WITH THE COMBINATION OF THE ABOLISHMENT OF PRAYER IN SCHOOLS AND THE ONSET OF women’s liberation.

    CHRISTIANS LOVE TO BLAME HOMOSEXUALS [AS, “SEXUAL PERVERSIONS”] FOR DESTROYING THE FAMILY. BUT, THE TRUTH IS, AS I SEE IT, TWOFOLD:
    I). ANTI-CHILD-ABUSE ADVOCATES. Parents need to be able to spank children for misbehaving. Spanking is an act of love because parents want to show children that when they become adults, misbehavior is punishable with jail-time, etc. The Bible does speak about [sic], “honoring thy father and mother, or, your days will be shortened;” AND,
    II). REMOVING FEMALES FROM THE SUPERVISION OF FATHERS AND HUSBANDS. At the beginning of human-kind, rules were set-up by males. Girls obey their fathers and keep their virginity intact; as reward, at the onset of puberty, fathers will find respectable husbands for their daughters. Likewise, women obey their husbands and bring forth as many children as possible. When females decided to leave the supervision of males in order to obtain an education and their own source of income, males were “dislocated” from the Biblical guidelines prescribed for their behavior.

    SO, MATURE PEOPLE OF FAITH CAN NOT REACH YOUNG PEOPLE BECAUSE LAWS AND CIVIL-RIGHTS ARE ANTI-FAMILY. SINCE FAMILY IS THE CORNERSTONE OF FAITH, IT CAN NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT IT.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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