Question: Can you sometime soon address the content of the new Bill O’Reilly book entitled Killing Jesus? I was furious when he stated that the Bible was simply an allegory and that his book would shock and surprise us with what he found.
Response: We shouldn’t be surprised that O’Reilly would say these things. He is a cradle Catholic who has made it clear that he leans toward universalism. Although he recognizes the need for a hell for extreme sinners such as Hitler or Stalin, others, such as Mahatma Gandhi, in O’Reilly’s opinion, have done enough good to qualify for heaven.
In short, he believes in a graduated system of “works salvation.” His dismissal of the Bible as allegory is to be expected. Without a sufficient, authoritative Bible, Mr. O’Reilly’s man-centered religion is free to draw its own conclusions, unfettered by the intrusions of a righteous God, who declared Scripture to be His perfect Word.
O’Reilly, whose book Killing Jesus will be published in September 2013, revealed his bias against Scripture when he interviewed Roma Downey and Mark Burnett about their mini-series, The Bible. This program, produced by mind science practitioners Downey and Burnett, is bad enough, but during the interview, O’Reilly went even further. After insisting that much of the Bible is allegorical, he went on to promote his upcoming book, noting that “his job was to ‘cut through the contradictions’ that were found in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ‘and to try to give a narrative of what actually happened to Jesus.’”
One critic of those remarks was informed that she was “entitled to her opinion” but not “entitled to impugn...my Christian status.” O’Reilly said “there are millions of Christians who don’t take parts of the Bible literally,” and concluded, “If you want to believe that Jonah was swallowed by the whale…don’t demand that I believe it, too” (http://truthmattersblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/dear-bill-oreilly-please-quit-teaching-the-bible/). Regardless of the failure of “scientists” (1 Tm 6:20), O’Reilly’s position is not objective but entirely subjective—and is perfectly conformed to his own judgment.