Sunday, December 9, 2012

Jon Stewart on The Gospel

Jon Stewart decided to weigh in on Bill O'Reilly's statement that Christianity is not a religion but a philosophy. Irreverent sarcasm aside I agree with Stewart up to the point where he said he would get an "A" in Jesus' philosophy class.  That is the point behind Christianity.  None of us would get an "A" because to do so would require perfect obedience both inward and outward to the law of God.  So Jon, "Barukh ata (expletive)" we are all in serious trouble because we don't meet the righteous demands of God's law.  That is why we believe Jesus the Son of God who died on the cross for our sin and "who ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father and who will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead whose Kingdom will have no end."  Jon this invitation is open for you and anyone one else.
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1 comment:

Denny Fusek said...

I agreed with Jon on this one - even his "A in philosophy" comment. He pretty much laid out near perfect Bible doctrine but implied that he doesn't believe it, and even laid out perfectly that (implying since he doesn't believe it), he would not be invited to the "after-party".

Someone can fully understand the Bible and perfectly recite what the Bible teaches and what Christians believe without believing it themselves. It is rare for a non-Christian to have so much knowledge about the Bible, but there are people who have this knowledge. Meanwhile, there are many people who are believers but who barely know the Bible and who could not even recite a quarter of the truths that Jon said. Granted, he had staff writers who probably helped him a bit, but still, Jon surely had final say, and the perfection of the doctrines was unbelievable for a professing non-Christian.

I think for most of these people, Christ himself is not the offense or the stumbling block. I think most of them are merely atheists and so they don't believe that God exists in the first place. So they can never get to the point where they believe that Jesus is God in the flesh, and in the essence of the eternal salvation found in John 3:16 because they don't believe in God - and consequently they don't believe in heaven and hell - even though they may be able to perfectly recite what the Bible teaches on all of these doctrines.

I understand what you are saying in your comment that he doesn't get an "A". But I think he is looking at the grade from human standards (which what an "A" is, it's a human judgment call on a student's grade). If I were the "Christian Philosohy" professor, I could give Jon an "A" and give a believer an "F" in the class if Jon mastered the content of the Scriptures. (And Jon said he "Could" get an "A", not that he "would" get an "A".)

However, if I were the Christian Philosophy teacher, even though I may have the ability to offer a grade for "demonstration of mastery of a topic", I would not have the ability to offer a ticket to the "after-party". That's why Jon could get an "A" and will most definitely end up in hell if we are to take him at his word, while someone who got an "F" in the class would end up in heaven if he or she were a believer in Christ.