For those who still doubt the fact that we're living in the end times, and that there's a large scale movement through academics, art, and pop culture to deceive the masses I present to you yet ANOTHER example of pure blasphemy.
His name is Bart Ehrman and he's the hottest celebrity the secularists and anti-Christian crowd has right now. Why? Because this "former fundamentalist" is now attempting to "debunk" Christianity.
So, his timing is impeccable since we'll have another round of movies coming out over the next few weeks that will also try to infect us with this mindset that, "Hey, maybe what we thought we knew to be true isn't true! Maybe Jesus Christ isn't who he said He was after all!"
And the beat goes on I'm afraid.
He says he's not trying to destroy your faith, and that he's not trying to bash the Bible. Sure. I'm not quite clear on how he gets to that point because to claim the following seems like "bashing" and a blatant attempt at "destroying your faith":
> According to Ehrman, doctrines such as the divinity of Jesus and Heaven and Hell are not based on anything Jesus or his earlier followers said.
Oh really? Would love to see how he sets out to prove that one since Jesus Himself talked about all those things quite extensively.
> According to Ehrman, at least 19 of the 27 books in the New Testament are forgeries.
Oh really? Would love to see how he sets out to prove that one since the Holy Bible is the ONLY book (definitely the only religious book) to stand the test of time and to have never been proven false despite roughly 2,000 years worth of hysterical and persistent attacks from people of all walks of life.
> According to Ehrman, believing the Bible is infallible is not a condition for being a Christian.
Oh really? Would love to see how he sets out to prove that one since Jesus Christ is the Word in the flesh, and the divinely inspired Holy Bible is a living and breathing work designed to serve as an "Instruction Manual For Life". Then again, I can see this "conclusion" being popular with people since there are many Christians who today will pick and choose to believe the parts of the Bible they like while discarding and ignoring the parts they don't that make them feel uncomfortable.
> According to Ehrman, there was no resurrection!
Oh really? Would love to see how he sets out to prove that one as well. What the heck is going on here? I feel like we're in some bizarro world or something! Where's the Christian Church to stand for truth and condemn this heretic for what he is -- a wolf in sheep's clothing that is leading the flock to the slaughter? We need to pray for this man to return to his faith and for anyone who's reading his book.
Look, I'll admit that I'll agree with him only so far as to say that there are things that the Church hasn't taught and that they've tried to hide for centuries to serve their own agenda, but these are things that attack or put into question the fundamental tenets of the faith. Once anyone starts to attack those things and asks us to question them ourselves, that's where I draw the line and the point where we should be able to identify an agent of Satan from an agent of the Lord.
The sad thing is that this guy will definitely cause many new Christians as well as those who are weak in their faith to fall away from it completely. Why? Because of the perceived credibility he brings to the table through his unique perspective of "been there, done that".
Again, this is a man used to be a Christian himself, but he's now "seen the light", and he's also an individual who the world will prop up as being "very educated" and also a "scholar", a person who has even written a novel (remember, only the smartest people and those who know what they're talking about -- only those with access to the real truth -- can do that, right? wrong!), and if he has changed his tune then shouldn't we? Well, that's how it will be pitched to us.
Sorry. Not gonna happen here. Take that garbage somewhere else please.
What's funny about this entire case is that this is precisely the type of person Satan loves because now he'll be paraded around all the major networks, all the various cable channel documentaries on religion, and he'll attend all the most prestigious conferences and seminars because what he has to say will be regarded as gospel to a world that doesn't want to hear about sin, or how bad things (or they) really are.
Why? Because if people like me do that (speak the truth about sin and the need for repentance), then we force them to take a good hard look at themselves in the mirror, and once the Gospel shines a light on one's true nature it's tough to feel good about yourself at first. Fortunately, those initial feelings of disgust and fear will not last because we have hope and restoration in the One who can forgive us and save us and make those painful feelings go away.
Ironically, the same man who claims to "set us free" by unshackling us from the false beliefs and doctrines of Christianity binds us to a life of despair and hopelessness. Think about it! According to Ehrman, we can't even believe in the hope of forgiveness, restoration, and salvation that Jesus Christ offer us because Jesus wasn't who He said He was -- He was just a man.
Boy, who's the doom-and-gloom preacher now? It's all truly sad. Not only for the affect that his work will have on the world, but because this self-proclaimed "happy agnostic" is going to come face-to-face with the truth that is Jesus Christ one day.
I know that our Lord will be sad to find a lost sheep that never found his way back home. Question is, will Ehrman still be so "happy" at that moment of judgment on the cusp of eternity?
Lord come quickly.
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