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Did Jesus talk nonsense?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Atheist related
Did Jesus talk nonsense?
Jesus said almost 2000 years ago, around 30 AD: “He who hates me hates my Father as well” (John 15:23), and “they hated Me without reason” (John 15:25). This statement applied not only to the time when Jesus lived in Israel, but also to the future. It is predictive prophecy: many people would hate Jesus, God and the Bible. If anybody hates Jesus or God, he/she will display it through hatred of the Bible. Today, in the 21st century we see this prophecy fulfilled before our eyes.
Some excellent examples are:
Richard Dawkins, who wrote: ‘The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction’ (R Dawkins, the God Delusion, Bantam Press, 2006, p 31). He uses the Old Testament (with the usual faulty interpretation of atheists) to do the character assassination. (Hatred of God is hatred of Jesus.)
Robert Lane Fox (The unauthorized Version, Truth and fiction in the Bible, Penquin Books, 1991). Lane Fox bases his Old Testament interpretation on the work of Julius Wellhausen, whose ideas have been refuted long ago (Gleason Archer, A survey of Old Testament Introduction, Moody Press, 1964, p89 - 189).
Tony Bushby, (The Bible Fraud, Pacific Blue Group, 2001). He shows that any information can be used to express gross irreverence of Jesus Christ.
C Bower, (Open Minds, Closed Minds and Christianity, Aardvark Press, 2005). Unconvincingly he tries to declare that there is no historical record of the existence of Jesus.
The above examples are of people who are usually educated writers busy doing and therefore proving what Jesus predicted, almost 2000 years ago.
The question is, did Jesus talk nonsense when He prophesied that both He and His Father would be hated? No! Will people like Dawkins, Sam Harris, and others get rid of the Bible and Jesus? No! G K Chesterton said: ‘Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it has a God who knows the way out of the grave’. (Ravi Zacharias, The real face of Atheism. Baker books, 2004. p 146).
Conclusion: The enemies of God are daily proving the truthfulness of a Biblical prophecy.