Commentary–Bill O’Reilly: “Killing Jesus”

Jesus Christ Father Forgive Them“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34)

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I’ve just read an article from NewsMax.com re: “Bill O’Reilly: Killing Jesus,” Bill O’Reilly’s newest best seller book, which better explains the building controversy of what Bill O’Reilly is trying to “commercialize.”

Sensationalism is what I prefer to call it.  Killer grabbing headlines to sell what perhaps Bill O’Reilly is trying to do, to catch media attention for his newest book at the risk of being criticized.

NewsMax.com Statement:

“Though he used the New Testament’s four Gospels as source material, he left out parts he doesn’t believe happened as written.

For instance, Jesus didn’t say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” from the cross, the Catholic O’Reilly maintains. It wouldn’t have been physically possible, he said.

“You die on a cross from being suffocated,” he said. “You can hardly breathe. We believe Jesus said that, but we don’t believe he said it on the cross because nobody could have heard it.”

60 Minutes Interview:

60 Minutes also did an interview with Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus:”

Bill O Reilly talks about  Killing Jesus  on  60 Minutes

My Commentary–Bill O’Reilly: “Killing Jesus”:

  • “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34)

If the bible states that Jesus said it from the Cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” he did say it from the Cross.

Luke, the disciple, who wrote that entry now in the Holy Bible, was a direct eye-witness to the event.  I call it credible and reliable.

I rather wonder sometimes that people forget what is impossible for man to do, then that’s when the supernatural kicks in … what is impossible for man is possible for God.

Three of Jesus’ disciples, Matthew, Mark, & Luke all make the same entry in their journals of the impossible being possible:

  • “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27; & Luke 18:27)

O’Reilly leaves out that very important part: the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit God of the Supernatural, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

If God wants someone to hear something important and they are out of immediate earshot, God will simply magnify the sound so the speaker can be heard.

Remember when Jesus preached and fed the 5,000?  He was heard by all without the modern aid of a microphone.

Bill is a bit out of sync on what he understands.  Perhaps if he had done the basic research himself instead of “editing” what his co-author, partner had already written, he would have stood on a better platform and would be better believed.

Additionally, I would never refer to Jesus Christ as “what they did to this guy”–this guy?  Where’s the reverence for the God of Creation,  the God of the Universe, the God that created you and I?

Why not refer to Jesus Christ is the holy man or something similar to show respect?

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  Good thing this one phrase is filled with compassion, love and respect for God’s creation.  Jesus saw it and He mercifully reminded the Father of His creation’s lack of understanding.

Certainly we need forgiveness.

Blessings,

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Ms. Mary Pacheco,

aka: SeashoreMary

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3 thoughts on “Commentary–Bill O’Reilly: “Killing Jesus”

  1. One correction: Luke was NOT a “direct eyewitness” to the Crucifixion. Only one apostle, John, was present at the Crucifixion. Luke was a Greek physician who, several years later traveled to Palestine and met with Mary, the Mother of God, from whom he received the intimate information regarding the Annunciation, Visitation, Birth of Christ, Presentation, etc.

    That being said, Bill O”Reilly is the last person I would trust to write a factual book about Jesus’ Passion and Death. That he claims to have been “inspired by the Holy Spirit”, and then refutes the very clear words of Scripture, is reprehensible! I think I’ll stick to reputable, academic, pious saints and theologians of the ages to assess the circumstances of the Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of the Only Begotten Son of the Living God! Or by simply reading and absorbing Scripture itself.

    • Hi Lindyill! Thank you for visiting my site. Re: Luke was not an eye witness at the crucifixion…

      The Book of Luke listed the scripture that I was referring to when Jesus was “heard” from the Cross to say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

      My primary view was the Jesus was, indeed, heard from the Cross while Bill O’Reilly was stating it was impossible.

      It is written in Luke 1:1-4:

      “1 Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled[a] among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.” (source: Biblegateway.com http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1&version=NKJV)

      “…who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,” is where I believed Luke was an eyewitness. However, I stand corrected.

      “The gospels do not claim to have been written by any of the apostles, but only to have been transmitted orally as tradition emanating from them. Thus Luke i. 1-3 refers to the existence of many gospels resting upon the report of “eye-witnesses and disciples,” (source: http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/11498-new-testament)

      I stand firm in the belief that the Book of Luke is accurate: “3 it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.” (Luke 1-3-4).

      “To write an orderly account…that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed” closes the issue for me on the validity of the crucifixion account.

      Regarding your point of view that Luke received the information from Mary…perhaps. I was unable to verify the account because it simply isn’t referenced in the Bible nor in the Jewish Encyclopedia which I view as an important resources.

      I thank you for your very important point of view and for taking time out to respond to my posting.

      Sincerely,

      SeashoreMary

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