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Category: Bible related
According to Wikipedia, the famous actor, Bruce Willis, was a member of the Lutheran Church, Missour Synod, at a time. He is no longer practicing after clarifying in a July 1998 interview with George magazine, that: 'Organized religions in general, in my opinion, are dying forms.' He continues, 'They were all very important when we didn't know why the sun moved, why weather changed, why hurricanes occurred, or volcanoes happened.... Modern religion is the end trail of modern mythology. But there are people who interpret the Bible literally. Literally? I choose not to believe that's the way. And that's what makes America cool, you know.' Since that interview was held a long time ago, one doesn't know if he has changed his mind, or if he has investigated his claim that modern religion is the end trail of modern mythology?
The first thing that comes to mind is, what is the definition of religion? Religion, in these days, is equated with Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and hundreds of others. Even the New Age is a religion, and UFOlogy is one of the latest that is growing very fast. We submit that a valid test for authenticity is to look at a religion's book. It is easy for an individual to write a book and claim that this or that god or spiritual entity said this or that to him or her. How would we know whether it is true? There is an easy test: a real deity should be able to give a book that demonstrates his control of history, information about the original creation and accurate facts that do not contradict scientific discoveries.
The Bible is such a book. It is a historical revelation. God says He created the universe (the heavenly bodies give us times and seasons), the earth (the planet specially planned for humans to live) and the first man and woman. So there are numerous references to historical times, places and people in the Bible. It is the only book of all the so called religious books that is constructed like this. The country and nation of Israel is living testimony to the reality of the Bible's history. Did Bruce investigate the Bible properly or is he just echoing some popular mantra? We don't know if he has changed his mind or still believes what Wikipedia reports. If he believes that, without investigating the matter, he is probably relying on his success as an actor and producer to safeguard him from the reality of God. It doesn't work that way with God. God is not impressed with unfounded statements, since He makes it possible for us to have a faith founded on the facts of historical times, geographical places and verifiable people.
Bruce Willis also said: '...with what we know about science, anyone who thinks at all, probably doesn't believe in fire and brimstone anymore. So organized religion has lost that voice to hold up their moral hand' (Bruce Willis, Creation Ex Nihilo, Vol 22, no 3, June-August 2000, p 12).
What did he mean by the word 'science'? Real operational science, or evolution? Science has nothing to say about God and the Bible, but evolution has a lot to say about them. It reckons that the Creator doesn't exist and His acts of creation are myths. Yet evolution cannot demonstrate the origin of life from lifeless atoms. A person who cannot distinguish between evolution and science obviously hasn't investigated the issue properly.
We trust that if Bruce Willis still believes his statements in 2012, that somehow he will make a thorough investigation of the different religions and science and evolution, and that he will preferably do it before he dies. It has dangerous consequences to come to such conclusions based on insufficient knowledge and investigation.