But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4.
National Geographic’s Killing Jesus film, based on the book by Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly, is just the latest example of a Hollywood “Christian” film that distorts the Bible, misrepresents the Christian faith and blasphemes the name of The Lord Jesus Christ. The film, like other recent Christian movies, which seems like a solid effort from the trailers is based on a single incorrect premise – that Jesus Christ was a normal man and great teacher who performed no supernatural acts nor ever claimed to be God. O’Reilly’s blatant lack of respect for the authority of the Bible and denigration of Jesus Christ to mere man is yet another sinful step those in the false modern church are taking towards the end time one world false religion of Antichrist.
Here is the trailer for the film:
Jesus Christ – The Mere Mortal?
This is the first time we see Jesus as the man, not as this kind of spiritual divinity. Even though all that is there — and I think that’s important, because the main teachings about Jesus was to teach men how you could become better.” He continued: “If you look at this person and you see an angel or a God, you’re not going to be able to relate to it. But if you see a man with all his faculties you say, ‘Wow, He’s like me.’ He’s a working class intelligent man. Every person can see something in them that Jesus has. That’s what you’re going to get from this story. The real human side of Jesus.” – Chris Ryman, who plays Malchus in Killing Jesus. (source).
While the production quality and acting may seem on par with quality Hollywood films, Killing Jesus film is an attempt to rewrite Biblical history by casting Jesus as a normal man who was thrust into the role of Messiah. In the film, Jesus, when encountering John the Baptist at the Jordan river, does not even realize that God had sent him. At the :28 second mark of the clip below, the scene shows Jesus confused that John the Baptist recognized him and that God told John about him:
O’Reilly’s Jesus says he is “..a carpenter. Nothing more.” As the lead actor continues to discuss his role, he incorrectly says that Jesus wanted to show “his humanity” and teach the world how “beautiful” it is. This clip on its own shows the blatant and reckless disregard for the Biblical text that O’Reilly and the film producers have. In the Bible, it is clear that Jesus Christ was well aware of His mission – to die for the sins of humanity on the cross and serve as the perfect sacrifice to provide atonement for all those who believe upon His name:
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. – John 8:23-24.
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. – John 6:37-40.
Jesus was perfectly clear that He came from Heaven. He never described Himself as a mere mortal man. His words leave no such interpretation to be possible. Jesus Christ was also not just a “wise man”, “philosopher” or “great teacher.” The Gospels show Jesus time and time again preaching that He is the way to eternal life. That the only way for a person to save their soul is through faith in Him:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. – John 14:6-7.
The purpose of Jesus’ miracles was to establish and provide proof that He was indeed the Messiah:
And, behold, they brought to [Jesus] a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. – Matthew 9:2-7.
Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. – John 10:24-26.
When Jesus encounters John the Baptist in Matthew Chapter 3, not only is Jesus aware of His mission, one of the greatest confirmations of Jesus being the Son of God is recorded:
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John [the Baptist], to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. – Matthew 3:13-17.
Note that in the passage, Jesus is fully aware that He is fulfilling “all righteousness” by allowing John to baptize Him. Following the baptism, the Holy Spirit descended above Jesus and God the Father spoke from Heaven proclaiming Jesus to be His “beloved Son.” This beautiful account of the triune God is of course committed from the Killing Jesus film. Instead, a bewildered Jesus finds out from John that God has been “speaking about him.” How can a film go so far off from the Biblical account? How can O’Reilly, a professing Christian, make such an inaccurate portrayal? The answer is simple – Bill O’Reilly does not believe the Bible.
The Denial Factor – Bill O’Reilly’s Rejection of Biblical Truth
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
The Bible proclaims divine inspiration. Rather than being “an ancient book written by men”, the Bible claims that all of its authors wrote under direct inspiration from The Holy Spirit. As such, it is a supernatural book. Whether one believes this or not is one of the major dividing lines in the church today as much of modern Christians are moving into the apostasy – the prophesied falling away of the church from sound Biblical doctrine into man-made, New Age and satanic teachings. Many pastors and churchgoers alike today no longer take the Bible as God’s Word. Instead they see it as a book written by mere mortal men, who had an agenda to promote their own ideas. And along with other false and easily refuted arguments (i.e., “the Bible has been translated thousands of times!”, “the books of the Bible were hand picked centuries after they written!”), it becomes easy to conclude the Bible is corrupted and fallible and thus one can pick and choose what is “correct” and what is “error.” O’Reilly is a perfect example of this. On page 2 of Killing Jesus he writes:
“Of course we have the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but they sometimes appear contradictory and were written from a spiritual point of view rather than as a historical chronicling of Jesus life.” (Killing Jesus, p.2).
Contrast O’Reilly’s view of Scripture with the Bible’s own statements:
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. – 1 John 5:10-13.
O’Reilly denies the record of Scripture. He also denies its divine inspiration. Once a person does this, then of course the Gospel account of Jesus is open to reinvention as seen in Killing Jesus. The Word of God is the foundation of Christianity. Romans chapter 10 explains: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Without God’s Word a person cannot have saving faith in Jesus Christ. It is The Word of God that convicts a person’s heart of their sin. It is the Word of God that moves a person’s heart to repentance to believe in God and the Gospel. Jesus Christ said: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63). Rather than give God’s Word to a Biblically illiterate and spiritually bankrupt society, the modern day apostate church wants to condemn and attack God’s Word.
Here is a clip of O’Reilly explaining that he believes most of the Bible to be “allegorical” and mocks much of Scripture:
In the clip below O’Reilly responds to criticisms from the earlier video and makes the wildly incorrect statement that Jesus did not confirm the account of the prophet Jonah in the whale:
Jesus Christ said: “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”(Matthew 12:40). Jesus did indeed confirm that Jonah being swallowed by a whale and living inside of it for three days was a historical event and not an allegory. And Jesus references it as a foreshadow of His own death and burial for 3 days before resurrection – a much greater miracle.
In the Gospel of Luke we read in the account of the crucifixion of The Lord Jesus Christ:
And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. – Luke 23:33-34.
In the clip below, O’Reilly refutes this account saying Jesus did not make that statement on the cross:
O’Reilly bases his statements on “reason” and his own opinions, not any historical source. The Apostle John in his opening verses of the Book of 1 John wrote:
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. – 1 John 1:1-3.
Once again, the Bible does not leave room for it to be interpreted as “the words of men” or “writings by people with an agenda.” The Biblical authors claim divine inspiration and direct eyewitness to what they wrote.
Despite his denial of Biblical inerrancy, rejection of the miracles of Jesus and mockery of those who believe the Bible, O’Reilly claimed that Killing Jesus was inspired by the Holy Spirit:
Notice that O’Reilly does not believe the Holy Spirit could inspire the Bible, nor does he believe in the supernatural miracles of Jesus Christ. But he believes that the Holy Spirit chose him and inspired him to write Killing Jesus. This despite the fact even his “historical evidence” is fraught with error (in the book he credits the “Philistines” for defeating the Northern Kingdom of Israel when it was the Assyrians. He also says Jesus died at 36 years of age, when in reality Jesus was crucified at age 33).
What spirit inspired such a blasphemous and inaccurate portrayal of Jesus? The Spirit of God? Sadly, many self-proclaimed “Christians” today are making the same error of O’Reilly – picking and choosing what parts of the Bible they want to believe and creating and image of Jesus Christ that suits their own personal tastes and lifestyle. And as a result, they can spend their lives telling everyone they know they are Christians, attending church, praying, etc., but do not even know the true Savior because they did not have faith or even bother to read The Word of God:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. – Matthew 7:21-23.
Promoting One World Religion
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. – Acts 4:12.
Like, Roma Downey, the creator of The Bible Miniseries and Son of God film (both of which were highly unbiblical), O’Reilly is a Roman Catholic. The Roman Catholic church practices a number of unbiblical, heretical doctrines. In the clip below, O’Reilly explains one of them as the basis for his belief that any person, regardless of their faith or religion, can go to Heaven:
Jesus Christ said: “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24). But if the Bible is mostly allegorical and wrong, a person does not have to believe those words. This is the incredible, satanic danger of O’Reilly’s false form of Christianity. Killing Jesus continues this thought by embracing Islamic sources on Jesus right alongside the Bible.
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. – Galatians 1:6-9.
The Bible leaves no room to compromise its message and promises a curse upon those who do. Faith in the accuracy of the Bible is critical to being a Christian. Yet the message of Killing Jesus and its cast members repeatedly preach their false gospel of Jesus the “great teacher”, comparing The Lord to Buddha or Confucius and denying His deity and the clear exclusivity of Biblical Christianity. All in hopes of preaching a message that will appeal to mass audiences. Do not be deceived.
Was Jesus Killed Over Taxes?
For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45.
In O’Reilly’s inaccurate, heretical account, Jesus was crucified because he threatened the tax system of the ancient Roman empire. Of course this was never stated in the Bible. The motivation the Pharisees and the religious leadership had for conspiring to arrange Jesus Christ’s execution was that He claimed to be God:
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. – John 10:27-33.
This passage highlights the issue the Pharisees had with Jesus – it was his proclamation that He was the prophesied Messiah, the Son of God. It was not as O’Reilly states, because Jesus was stopping “the money flow” of the Pharisees. This is confirmed again in Matthew 26.
But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. – Matthew 26:63-66.
In this passage The Lord Jesus Christ quotes a Messianic prophecy from the book of Daniel, identifying Himself as the Messiah who would ride into Heaven on clouds. Once again, Jesus proclaimed His deity, citing a passage that Pharisees immediately recognized. And the reaction of the religious leaders was that Jesus should be executed for His words. Why? Because they, like O’Reilly, saw Jesus as a mere man. Nowhere in Scripture do we see the Pharisees or any other Jewish leadership discussing Jesus hurting their financial situation. Rather, they were concerned about Jesus’ message which convicted them of their sins and was winning souls to true saving faith and away from the false teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
At the last supper Passover, Jesus once again confirmed His specific mission:
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. – Matthew 26:26-28.
Jesus Christ chose to lay down His life and die as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of the world. All people have sinned and deserve damnation from God. Christ took the punishment of all people on the cross, standing in the place of filthy, wretched sinners, in order to provide a “ransom” so that those who believe in Him can be declared innocent before God. All sin will be punished. God as a just judge, cannot let any sin simply go without judgment. The question is whether or not you will take the punishment for your sins or if you put your faith in Jesus Christ’s substitutionary atonement on the cross for you and receive the gift of eternal life.
Believe In The Real Jesus Christ
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. – 1 John 5:13.
The Killing Jesus film is just one of many pseudo-Christian films that seek to distort and rewrite the Biblical text. And it highlights the most critical issue in the modern church – respect for the authority of the Bible. The Bible prophesied that many people in the days before the end times would pervert and attack the Bible, teaching their own ideas and philosophies in the place of God’s Word. And these people would lead their followers to heresy and destruction. If you are a Christian, understand that faith comes from the Bible – the Word of God. So if you do not believe the Bible to be true, then you have to seriously question if you faith at all. Pray to God for greater faith. Study the Bible with an open heart and mind and ask to receive understanding that the Holy Spirit provides.
And if you are not a Christian, understand that Bill O’Reilly’s book and film on Jesus Christ is just a man-made reinterpretation. The true Jesus Christ has not been killed by these nonsensical movies. He sits at the right hand of the throne of God and still provides free forgiveness of sin for those who believe. Learn the real Gospel message and start to get to know Jesus Christ through His own words -as written in the Bible. God loves you and recorded His love over 2,000 years of history. Do not let one movie deceive you into thinking otherwise.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:31-32.