Southern Baptist Leader Speaks Out Against Newsweek’s ‘Hit Piece’ Cover Story Bashing Christians

albertmohler_hires8A prominent Southern Baptist leader is speaking out against what he views as Newsweek’s recent “hit piece” against Christians after its December cover story took aim at evangelical Christianity and the inerrancy of the Scriptures.

Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote an article this week expressing disappointment in Newsweek for its decision to run “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin” as it cover story to conclude 2014.

“Newsweek‘s cover story is … an irresponsible screed of post-Christian invective leveled against the Bible and, even more to the point, against evangelical Christianity,” he wrote. “[It] is a hit piece that lacks any journalistic balance or credibility. … What follows is a reckless rant against the Bible and Christians who claim to base their faith upon its teachings.”

The article, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Kurt Eichenwald, asserts in a lengthy essay that the Bible has been mistranslated and distorted by Christians—including its text declaring that Jesus is God, and criticizes modern-day Christians who take a stand against sin or pray openly in the public arena.

“They wave their Bibles at passersby, screaming their condemnations of homosexuals. They fall on their knees, worshipping at the base of granite monuments to the Ten Commandments while demanding prayer in school,” he writes. “They appeal to God to save America from their political opponents, mostly Democrats. They gather in football stadiums by the thousands to pray for the country’s salvation.”

Newsweek“They are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch,” Eichenwald continues. “They are joined by religious rationalizers—fundamentalists who, unable to find Scripture supporting their biases and beliefs, twist phrases and modify translations to prove they are honoring the Bible’s word.”

While he contends that his piece “isn’t an attack on the Bible or Christianity,” he asserts that the Bible is loaded with contradictions, that “1 Timothy is one of the most virulently anti-woman books of the New Testament” and that “with a little translational trickery, a fundamental tenet of Christianity—that Jesus is God—was reinforced in the Bible, even in places where it directly contradicts the rest of the verse.”

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“The Bible is a very human book. It was written, assembled, copied and translated by people. That explains the flaws, the contradictions, and the theological disagreements in its pages,” Eichenwald concludes. “Once that is understood, it is possible to find out which parts of the Bible were not in the earliest Greek manuscripts, which are the bad translations, and what one book says in comparison to another, and then try to discern the message for yourself.”

But Mohler says that it is instead Eichenwald who had twisted the Bible and is plainly bearing his own hostility toward Christianity.

“Newsweek’s cover story is exactly what happens when a writer fueled by open antipathy to evangelical Christianity tries to throw every argument he can think of against the Bible and its authority,” he wrote in an article entitled “Newsweek on the Bible: So Misrepresented It’s a Sin,” playing off of Eichenwald’s title. “Oddly enough, Kurt Eichenwald’s attack on evangelical Christianity would likely be a measure more effective had he left out the personal invective that opens his essay and appears pervasively. He has an axe to grind, and grind he does.”

“But the authority of the Bible is not the victim of the grinding. To the contrary, this article is likely to do far more damage to Newsweek in its sad new reality,” Mohler continued. “To take advantage of Newsweek’s title—it so misrepresents the truth, it’s a sin.”


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  • Gary

    Eichenwald does not like Christians, the Bible, or the God of the Bible. So what. His kind have been around since before the Bible was written. As long as he does not try to deny our rights, we can just ignore him.

    • Spoob

      I prefer to ignore Albert Mohler, who has said Muslims and Hindus will go to hell.

      • Gary

        Ignore whoever you want. Muslims and Hindus DO go to Hell. Everyone, except actual Christians, goes to Hell.

        • Spoob

          Well, hopefully you will one day wake up from the fundamentalist nightmare you are in and stop hating people.

          • Gary

            Is that supposed to be some kind of insult? Not a very good one.

          • Spoob

            You just confirmed, without the slightest hint of irony, that you think two of the world’s major religions are going to hell. You tell me what on earth kind of crazy crap you are believing. If you’re insulted then you probably deserve to be.

          • Gary

            I am not insulted. If the Bible is true, and it is, then all non-Christians go to Hell upon their death. And, you are obviously insulted by what is written in the Bible.

          • Spoob

            I don’t believe you are of perfectly sound mind.

          • Neiman

            Look who is talking, the man with inane, nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind.

          • Spoob

            If it makes m a lunatic not to hate, then I guess I’m a lunatic, and if heaven is filled with people like you, it is the last place I want to spend eternity. There is enough hate on this earth, I don’t need it in the afterlife.

          • Mya Laroux

            Muslims and Hindus do not go to hell, only those who deny that Jesus is the son, that he came in the flesh and died for sins out of all religions go to hell, Revelation speaks of the white throne judgement. that is the last and final judgement. All non christian souls will be brought to this judgement, and books will be opened, and all those who never had a chance to even hear the gospel will be judged on their works of love, kindness etc. Those who mock, and deny Jesus Christ will be tossed into the lake of fire a this judgement. The lake of fire is not hell, hell is a place of torment but hell will also be cast into the lake of fire incinerated at this judgement and all those souls who were found unworthy will be cast into it, and be shut off, burnt up, never to be brought back to life again. its deemed the second death. Those who argue that hell is eternal are wrong, torment is not eternal either, human souls are mortal as God said quick get Adam and Eve out of the garden before they eat of the tree of life (basically become immortal), this happened in Genesis. The final judgement takes place after the millennial reign of Christ on earth. the “Christian judgement” takes place before Jesus’ thousand year reign on earth, Where those who claimed to be Christians but were in it for the money, or power etc, will then be cast into hell, and will bypass the White throne judgement all together. Being incinerated after being tormented for their allotted time. vengeance is mine i will repay declared the Lord Thats why he made hell.

          • KenS

            The judgement Seat of Christ that takes place before Jesus’ thousand year reign is for Christians only, it does not include those who claimed to Christians only Christians and what is judged is how they lived after receiving Christ, what they lose are their rewards in heaven, not their salvation, they are not thrown into hell, their works are tried by fire and those that were not done because of their love of Christ are burned up and no rewards, but their souls are still safe, those that were done because of their love for Christ are not burned and they receive rewards.

          • Mya Laroux

            And what happened to Matthew 7:21: 22-23 21 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.22″Many
            will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your
            name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many
            miracles? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Hello those are Christians who werent very Christianly after all. yes they will be cast away, into hell.

          • KenS

            The key word there is “I never knew you:” therefore they were not saved, because if they were saved He would have known them and therefore they would be at the Judgement seat of Christ and not at the White throne judgement which is what this verse is describing.

          • Mya Laroux

            I guess youve got a point there.

          • Gary

            You hate Christians, and you hate God. That is clearly evident from your posts. And you need not worry about going to Heaven.

          • Spoob

            Wrong – I AM a Christian, and I love God. What I hate is HATRED, IGNORANCE, JUDGING, CONDEMNING, and STUPIDITY.

          • Gary

            You are a liar. You are not a Christian, and you do not love God. At least not the God who made the universe. You might think that you love some god, but it is a god you have imagined, not the God talked about in the Bible.

          • Spoob

            You are a liar. Furthermore, you don’t know the first thing about me. You are telling me what I believe, not asking me what I believe, which is so typical of fundamentalists. The God I love is a just God and not a hateful vengeful monster.

          • Gary

            All right. Let’s find out what you believe. Who do you believe goes to Hell and to Heaven? And how do you know what you believe about that is true?

          • Spoob

            I believe, as should you, that it’s God’s decision to make and not yours.

          • Gary

            Of course it is God’s decision. And we are told in the Bible what God’s decision is. But you don’t believe the Bible.

          • Spoob

            I never said that I don’t believe the Bible. Please tell me when I said that.

          • pax2u

            I have now had the privilege to be told by Gary, that I am not a Christian

            That is an honor, since Gary as a Baptist also attacks the great Baptist Billy Graham for teaching the Gospel of Love and Mercy of Jesus Christ

          • Spoob

            Gary believes he is God, and tells people what they believe rather than asking them. Gary needs to learn that he is NOT God and does not speak for God.

          • Gary

            I have tried, unsuccessfully, to get you to tell me what the Bible says about some things. If the Bible agreed with you, I’m sure you would gladly quote it.

          • Spoob

            I know precisely what you’re trying to get me to say. You want to hear that faith in Jesus Christ alone is what gets you into heaven. Despite the Bible saying that I don’t think it’s quite so cut and dried, and certainly not your judgement to make.

          • Gary

            You have your opinions, and God has his. And they are different.

          • Spoob

            Here is your hundredth reminder: You are not God, and you do not have the right to speak for Him.

          • James Grimes

            Gary, please don’t give these flakes any credibility. You know the truth; they don’t. When you get comments such as “hey dork,” you know you’re using Scripture as “the Sword of the Spirit” and Jesus will speak rightly of you on Judgment Day. The clowns here know nothing of what the Bible teaches.

          • Phipps Mike

            James, anybody that thinks that Catholics are not Christian IS a dork, it was WARRANTED.

          • Phipps Mike

            “The clowns here know nothing of what the Bible teaches.”
            the thing YOU need to learn is that the Bible teaches that we are ALL equivalent as mankind. No person is “better” than another…end of story, ONLY God is above people and ONLY because he is our creator which gave him the right.

          • Spoob

            You have a habit of telling people you are going to ignore them, then continue to attack them indirectly by trashing them to other people. Not only does that make you a liar, but a coward as well.

          • James Grimes

            The clown continues to stalk me. Oh my!

          • pax2u

            I think that is the voice in his head, but that voice is not the Christian God,

            either mental illness or demonic possession

            Gary condemns Billy Graham and supports the Fred Phelps Westboro Baptist Church that protests the funerals of Soldiers who died for America

          • Gary

            Catholics are not Christians.

          • pax2u

            I will pray for you and forgive you

            .do you still support the Fred Phelps Westboro Baptist Church and condemn Billy Graham who is a great Baptist?

          • Phipps Mike

            hey dork, Catholicism IS the BIGGEST denomination OF Christianity. http://www.waupun.k12.wi.us/Policy/other/dickhut/religions/Images/BranchChart.jpg

          • Gary

            You prove you don’t believe the Bible by your comments. What does the Bible say about who goes to Hell and who goes to Heaven? Do you even know?

          • Spoob

            If we went by what the Bible said, NOBODY would get into heaven. The point is nobody knows, and it isn’t for you to tell people that they’re going to hell because you are NOT GOD.

          • Gary

            More error from you. I am going to Heaven precisely because of what the Bible says, which I KNOW is true. I know I’m going to Heaven just as much as I know I am typing this. I also know, based on what people say they believe, who is not going.

          • Spoob

            You know, do you? Shall I start calling you God since you’re the one calling all the shots?

          • Gary

            Yes, I know. Not everyone is as ignorant as you.

          • Spoob

            I recognize that it has to hurt, having your version of Christianity exposed as a fundamentalist hate cult. Suck it up.

          • Terry Roll

            What makes the almighty Gary such an authoritative figure on interpreting the Bible?

          • Gary

            Do you consider yourself an authority on the Bible?

          • pax2u

            maybe Gary thinks that he speaks for God

          • Phipps Mike

            you will be the poster child of what a Christian ISNT, Gary. in fact you are no better than Archie Bunker in your bigotry.

          • pax2u

            wait for the judge of the “true” christians

          • Gary

            You are not a Christian either.

          • pax2u

            I forgive you your hatred

            I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior,

            if you do not

            I will pray for your eternal soul

          • pax2u

            he has decided that he is a “christian” everyone else will be condemned to hell, too bad he has no denominational doctrine, and a theology of hating anyone who disagrees with him

          • dean

            If you really are a Christian before you start insulting people Jesus said to pray for your enimies and do good to them , this way you will heap burning coals upon their head, it’s kindness that leads them to repentance not insults, the world does not see Jesus in us if this is how we witness to them.

          • pax2u

            it is sad to see these “christians” who think that they speak for God, and condemn and attack anyone who does not agree with them

          • Gary

            You don’t believe many things that are true.

          • Spoob

            You have no basis for believing any of them ARE true.

          • Gary

            I think I do. But never think that I care what you believe, because I don’t.

          • Spoob

            Of course I do. But it doesn’t mean what you think it does. You cannot twist scripture to make it say what you want it to, and that’s what you’re trying to do here.

          • Gary

            What scripture am I twisting? Prove your claim.

          • Spoob

            Well for one, you said Jesus in the Bible endorsed the death penalty for those engaging in homosexuality as required in Leviticus. That’s a lie. Jesus said nothing about homosexuality.

          • Gary

            Then you don’t believe that Jesus is God. If you read Leviticus, you find God requiring the death penalty for homosex. And you cannot be a Christian if you don’t believe Jesus is God.

          • Spoob

            I believe Jesus spoke as Jesus throughout the Bible, and the rest of the time God’s pronouncements are God’s. I believe you have the interpretation of Leviticus entirely incorrect as it is not about homosexuality, and I believe you are hiding behind your Bible to promote hatred and intolerance.

          • Gary

            They removed my quote of Leviticus 20:13. Maybe it struck a little too close to home for the censor.
            From what you said, it is obvious that you believe Jesus and God are not the same.

          • Spoob

            They are the same. And neither hates gay people.

          • Gary

            Well, God isn’t exactly fond of homosexuals. He sends them all to Hell, according to Romans and 1 Corinthians.

          • Spoob

            That’s very funny, because the word “homosexual” isn’t in my Bible. And how could it be since it wasn’t even a word until 1869.

          • Gary

            You mean what we now call homosexuality was never mentioned in the Bible? Are you sure you want to say that? Because if you do, I’m going to prove you don’t know what your are talking about. Do you really want me to do that? I would think you would be getting tired of that happening.

          • Spoob

            You haven’t “proven” a damn thing so far, so knock yourself out. If you really can provide that those verses refer to homosexuality after all the translations, retranslations, etc., which the Bible has weathered over the years, I’d be very interested to know how you did it.

          • Gary

            Romans 1: 26-27 “For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which is meet.”

          • Spoob

            Congratulations, you’ve just posted a verse that refers to male prostitution.

          • Terry Roll

            You don’t get to pick and choose to suit your bigotry. Leviticus has plenty of odd restrictions I am sure you don’t follow. Enjoy bacon or lobster much?
            Leviticus 10:6 “Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people.”

          • James Grimes

            I see you’re out for a trolling. Maybe an Atheist site is more appealing.

          • Phipps Mike

            Jesus is NOT God. Jesus is one third of the Holy Trinity. Jesus was Gods SON. God came BEFORE Jesus. When Jesus arose from death, he became one WITH God in the holy trinity, he did NOT become God. Get it right or shut up.

          • Gary

            The New Testament definitely says Jesus is God. Jesus even said he was God. John chapter one says Jesus is God, and that he made the universe and life. The Deity of Christ is a Christian doctrine, found all through the New Testament.

          • Phipps Mike

            supply the verses and then we will talk. I just read that whole Chapter (John 1) and NO mention of Jesus being God. However, I found this to prove my side: ”
            1 Corinthians 8:6 – But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by him.”

            meaning that God is God AND Jesus is LORD. Two parts of the same holy trinity.


            Matthew 1:18 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”

            Jesus was BORN from Mary and God (holy ghost) making him a SEPARATE entity until after Jesus arose from the dead.


            Titus 2:13 – Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

            notice the word “AND” between the great God and Saviour Jesus Christ…aka 2 entities until they rejoined.

            Conclusion, God is still God, Jesus is still Jesus, but both are adjoined by the holy ghost making up the Holy Trinity.

          • James Grimes

            Gary, you know the TRUTH. Some of the others who comment here can post long rants, but those rants do not contain truth. Thank you for sharing.

          • pax2u

            as Gary supports the Westboro Baptist Church of hatred

          • James Grimes

            Gary, this guy is creepy. What’s with him and the Westboro Baptist Church? He keeps bringing it up. He is a supporter or a member? Anyway, disregard the guy. He’s scary.

          • pax2u

            I condemn the Westboro Bapist Church and their hatred, as Gary supports the Westboro Baptist Church and their hatred
            Creepy is you posting to yourself, do you answer yourself?

          • James Grimes

            Gary, did you see the creepy guy’s responses? UGH, he really gives me the creeps whenever I try to read anything of his. He brought up the Westboro Baptist Church again. He has a fascination with that sick organization. What’s his purpose? Nothing he comments about ever has anything to do with the story. Anyhow, you’re still on his insult list. He is one sick individual!

          • Magister_militum_praesentalis

            If he believed what you are implying, he would be a Garyian, not a Christian.

          • pax2u

            watch out Gary is a Baptist who condemns the Baptist Billy Graham, Billy Graham preaches a different Gospel, the Gospel of Love and Mery

          • Terry Roll

            You don’t know if it is true. There is no evidence to prove it. It is called faith for a reason.

          • Gary

            I do know it is true. Faith is not what you think it is.

          • James Grimes

            Gary, millions of Christians know that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible, and absolute Word of God. You’re in good company.

    • James Grimes

      It’s best to ignore the anti-Christian flakes who come down the line. Giving them any credibility just gives them more publicity. We have them in the media and on this site as well.

  • railhead

    This kind of criticism of the Bible is nothing new. People have been trying to get rid of the Bible for centuries. Christians who truly stand up for the Bible have been tortured and killed by various groups throughout history, and the Bible predicts in the end times it will be WORSE than it has ever been before.

    Thanks to the feigned intellectual high ground of those who oppose the word of God being bought by the general public, people will, according to the Bible, actually think they are doing God a favor someday by killing “fundamental” Christians (i.e. Christians who actually believe the Bible).

    The irony that is lost on the author, Mr. Eichenwald, is that while he accuses Christians of bigotry and bias, he is nearly foaming at the mouth with hatred and bigotry towards fundamental Christians. Mr. Eichenwald, there is nothing particularly shocking or witty about your commentary. We have heard it all before from those who hate God throughout history. The people who fed us to the lions, lit us on fire as human torches, and put us in dungeons throughout history I’m sure were all very intelligent, nice people who were just trying to eliminate such a hateful group of people from torturing everyone with their prayer and telling others how they might be saved.

  • Neiman

    Newsweek has long been an anti-Christ publication. It is a propaganda ministry for the godless Left. Not one of this writer’s criticisms are true, they are long term atheist lies. Yet, this Christ hatred will only grow worse as Satan takes control of the world as never before.

    • Phipps Mike

      “Not one of this writer’s criticisms are true” none of us will know what is true until after we die. Its called “faith” for a reason.

      • Gary

        Lots of people know many things that are true. We don’t have to wait until we die to know some things.

        • Phipps Mike

          Gary, inherent knowledge that comes as a result of other facts, sure, can be proven without actually seeing it happen. Such as if the news says a person got killed in a car accident. We know that happens all of the time so we believe it. There is NOTHING thus far that proves how we came to be, thus making it faith and my statement stands that nobody will know until they die.

          • Gary

            I disagree. Just because you don’t know what happened, or what will happen, does not mean nobody knows.

  • bowie1

    Obviously written by liberally minded scholar with Eichenwald’s meat cleaver theology.

    • James Grimes

      Scholar?

      • bowie1

        For the lack of a better word.

        • James Grimes

          No problem. I am sure that there are terms appropriate to this person. Happy New Year.

  • James Grimes

    Newsweek is a Liberal rag written by leftist agnostics and Atheists. The writers have no clue about the Bible, God’s plan for humanity, and Christianity. Al Mohler will carry the standard of Christianity and what it stands for. BTW, Newsweek has been on my “useless” list for several years now.

    • Spoob

      Albert Mohler is a crazed right wing radical.

    • James Grimes

      It’s a laugh to read the anti-Mohler rants here. Rev. Mohler is an intelligent spokesman of Christianity, has several advanced degrees, including a doctorate, and has debated some of the leading leftist “Christian” spokesmen. On the other hand, those criticizing him are short on education and practical experience. They would arrive at a battle of the wits with him very much unarmed.

      • Spoob

        A few facts about Albert Mohler Jr:

        — Predicts: “Finding a biological causation for homosexuality may also lead to the discovery of a ‘cure’ for the same phenomenon.”

        — Says: “If a biological basis is found (for being gay), and if a prenatal test is then developed, and if a successful treatment to reverse the sexual orientation to heterosexual is ever developed, we would support its use as we should unapologetically support the use of any appropriate means to avoid sexual temptation and the inevitable effects of sin.”

        — Says telling gays that Jesus is the way “out of the homosexual lifestyle” is simply “Christian truth”; claims that an inaugural committee’s decision to back away from a pastor who preaches that view constitutes “moral McCarthyism”

        — Said the repeal of the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t tell would “present a clear and present threat to the religious liberty of those who wear the American uniform.”

        — Claimed: “The earthquake in Haiti, like every other earthly disaster, reminds us that creation groans under the weight of sin and the judgment of God”

        — Teaches that “any sexual expression outside of that heterosexual marriage relationship is illicit, immoral, and outlawed by God’s explicit command and law”

        — More teachings: “Homosexuality is linked directly to idolatry, for it is on the basis of their idolatry that God gave them up to their own lusts. Their hearts were committed to impurity, and they were degrading their own bodies by their illicit lusts. Their idolatry — exchanging the truth of God for a lie, and worshipping the creature rather than the Creator — led God to give them over to their degrading passions. From here, those given over to their degraded passions exchanged the natural use of sexual inter- course for that which God declared to be unnatural [literally, against nature].

        — Compares gays to people suffering from cancer: “Liberal churches have redefined compassion to mean that the church changes its message to meet modern demands. They argue that to tell a homosexual he is a sinner is uncompassionate [sic] and intolerant. This is like arguing that a physician is intolerant because he tells a patient she has cancer.”

        – Claims yoga is anti-Christian

        • pax2u

          I notice that James posts to himself to complain,
          must be a multiple personality disorder , or demon possession

          • Spoob

            It makes me think of a friendless child.

          • pax2u

            maybe james is speaking about himself when he talks about the clown

      • James Grimes

        This clown won’t leave me alone. He must think I am interested in his crazy rants.

        • pax2u

          Creepy is you posting to yourself
          I guess no one agrees with your bigoted hatred but yourself
          seek mental health care

  • The Lone Ranger

    What else would one expect to hear from an antichrist he has made our case and point .

  • MC

    Eichenwald must be gay.

    • Spoob

      Why?

    • James Grimes

      Either that or he has some serious personal issues. In any event, he is not a credible debater of Christian truths.

      • Terry Roll

        Christian truths….oxymoron.

        • James Grimes

          You should not comment on something you know nothing about. You don’t want people thinking you’re a fool.

  • TheSootyOne

    So, for a god that so desperately wants to be praised and worshipped by his creations he’s willing to torture the majority of them for eternity, he’s willing to hide himself in a book full of contradictions, inaccuracies and hatred? It all makes so much sense now.

    • Neiman

      If you go to hell and suffer the penalty of your sins – you will send yourself by rejecting God’s Pardon. You will condemn yourself.

      There are no contradictions, no inaccuracies or hatred. That is your god hating atheism showing, it is not the truth.

      • Phipps Mike

        there are thousands of contradictions in the Bible, that is a FACT, not supposition. But like I said, we will find out the TRUTH after we die.

        • Neiman

          Just because you think there are contradictions, does not make it so. In realty there are none!

          • Gary

            If there are “thousands of contradictions in the Bible”, as he claims, you should asked him to name a few.

          • Phipps Mike

            I don’t THINK, I KNOW:

            http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/08/19/an-incredible-interactive-chart-of-biblical-contradictions/

            I wouldn’t think that at your age you would have time to reply against every single contradiction that was found…suffice it to say that the Bible is a jumbled big mess.

          • Neiman

            I do not have to, every seeming contradiction has been more than adequately defended and made clear. Yet, your not having the Spirit not Christ and bound over for hell, would never agree.

          • Terry Roll

            Hell is such a funny invention. “Agree with me or face eternal punishment!” The Christian deity sounds like an arrogant jerk. What does he need me to praise him for? He is already god. What more of an ego boost does he need?

          • Gary

            Wow. You certainly are a blasphemer. LOL.

          • Neiman

            He does not need our praise, He deserves our praise, our worship and our thanksgiving; while in all these things we are blessed in being reminded of all that He is to and for us.

            As God created you, He has a right to establish the requirements for your being able to have eternal life with Him. Yet, His requirements are easy, His burden light; He offers even His enemies, like you, the free gift of salvation, if you accept it on His terms as a free gift that is accepted by faith.

          • Phipps Mike

            and I bet you cant supply me with YOUR proof that it has been adequately defended and that I am just supposed to take your word for it. Sorry, words are in BLACK and WHITE, contradictions are easy to see in that setting. I notice a common trait in people who are bullheaded Christians, they will deny undisputable PROOF in order to not accept reality (denial) just to try and be right. It doesn’t matter to me in the overall scheme, I just see it as a STUPID thing to be in denial. The Bible doesn’t HAVE toi be true for God to exist but dumb sheeples seem to think its a prerequisite.

          • pax2u

            expect the Love and Mercy of Jesus Christ from Neiman
            but I could be wrong
            happy new year to you and yours

          • James Grimes

            “but dumb sheeples seem to think its a prerequisite.” HUH?

          • Phipps Mike

            James, dumb sheeples think you have to believe the entire Bible is flawless as a prerequisite to believing in God. You can believe in God and not believe in all that the Bible has to say…that’s a no brainer.

          • Gary

            If the Bible has errors, then we are left to ourselves to determine which parts are true, and which are not. That is unworkable because we are all fallible.

        • pax2u

          does the Bible command stoning to death
          false prophets? or those who commit adultery?

          but thou shall not kill?

          • KenS

            You are quoting the old testament laws that we as Christians living by faith and by the Spirit are not held under anymore. Romans 8:1-6. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. ”
            To try to follow the law is to be living by flesh instead of by the spirit. If you are living by the spirit, you strive to not sin because of your love of Christ, not because of your fear of the law

          • pax2u

            are we held to the Creation of Genisis or the Ten Commandments?

      • TheSootyOne

        Can’t hate what you don’t believe in, sorry.

    • Gary

      God does not “desperately” want to be praised. He deserves to be praised and worshipped by his creations. God has every right, and even the responsibility to punish the wicked. God does hide himself from the unbelieving and the mockers. That is one reason you can’t find Him.

      • TheSootyOne

        You god is so petty, hateful, jealous, and childish as your storybook so elaborately details I have no idea how anyone outside of a co-dependant relationship could find anyone like that ‘lovable’, and your choice is ‘love and worship him’ all your life (a finite thing) or be tortured for all eternity (an infinite thing). That’s not a ‘choice’, that’s blackmail and extortion. Good luck with that.

        • Gary

          Do you have a god? Who is it? And how do you know your god is real?

          • TheSootyOne

            No gods for me, thanks Gary. Although if I did, I’d go for one that has a weekday named after him/her (oh, that’s 7 to choose from). Perhaps Zeus, he’s pretty badass and has lots of literature supporting his existence. Maybe Thor; he took care of the ice giants for mankind.

          • Gary

            If you think those gods were badasses, wait until you meet the real God.

          • TheSootyOne

            Which one would that be? There’s over 2880 gods throughout history. Surely you don’t think you picked the right one, do you?

            If you mean the biblical god, Yahweh, then sure, he’s a badass, sort of. He sure likes to kill off his creations at the drop of a sinful hat. Murdered most of the planet’s population of humans with a great flood and all, killing all those innocent babies and children, then had the the planet repopulated incestuously (’cause only Noah’s family made it on board, right?).

          • Gary

            Yes, the God of the Bible is the real God. And He is the one you will learn to be afraid of.

          • TheSootyOne

            Kind of doubt it, actually. The way I figure it, if the biblical god is indeed real, it’s more likely he put us here and gave us intelligence to figure things out, not blindly believe and follow the stories of tent-dwelling camel herders. If he is this great omnipotent being and creator of all things, then he made me the way I am and he knows exactly what it would take to make me believe in him instead of playing some childish game of hide and seek with my soul at stake. Sorry, no, you keep your version of your god, thanks. If I were to believe in a god, she would be one of loving kindness, and not one of hate and jealousy etc etc.

          • Gary

            Blaming God for what you are won’t work. Lots of bad things are coming your way very soon.

  • Phipps Mike

    So Eichenwald wishes too express his opinion in an article, whats the fuss about? everybody is entitled to their opinions.

  • Dan Williams

    I hope both of Newsweek s readers ignore this sadly twisted article.

  • Denise Matzavinos

    These people criticized are doing what Christians have done for two thousand years. And this is what Christians will always do.

  • michelletherese

    But you know what… even though he spews his obvious dislike of Christians, the author of the Newsweek article, Kurt
    Eichenwald, does make several good points and Christians of any stripe
    would do well to see if any of these criticisms fit.

    First of all, I
    have personally witnessed people standing in the midst of traffic, etc
    waving Bibles and screaming out verses of the Sacred Scriptures in a way
    that is anything but glorifying to God. When has ranting and raving on
    street corners become an acceptable way of “preaching the Word”
    ?? And now self-proclaimed street preachers use **amplifiers** so their
    angry voices rip through the air in a way that *drives* people from the
    Gospel instead of drawing them in to hear a gentle spoken-in-love
    sharing of the Faith. Did Jesus stand on the streets yelling and waving the Torah around??

    And as for the twisting of Scripture by Christians
    trying to justify their beliefs?: it is done all the time! Why else do
    you think we have **over** 50,000 types of churches, each disagreeing
    sharply with each other over key Bible verses? (We should all agree on every Bible verse instead of having so much twisting of Scripture to pruduce thousands of varying interpretations! And how many different Bible translations do we need?? That right there is mighty suspicious…) Where is the unity that
    Jesus commanded when He prayed that we must be **one** as He and the
    Father are One?? The fact that all Christians are *not* unified is a huge black mark *against* us. Who wants to join a fractured house full of disagreement with our own Holy Scriptures and really vicious in-fighting amongst ourselves? (Go read some of the websites and literature put out by Christians against **fellow Christians!** Also, witness what happens when someone changes churches, how they are hated and shunned by their fellow Christians ~ yeah, and who among the non-believers is willing to join a blatantly dysfunctional warring family??)

    When we have dishonest crap taking place right within
    the churches and among our own scholars then no wonder people reject Christianity and also believe the outright lies
    spread by seculars with an ax to grind! It’s like a scientist publishing papers and giving talks full of mistakes, data-fudging, and outright lies. And then that scientist tries to recruit others to join their ranks! No way! People would run a mile! So yeah, some of this article is
    the usual cheap-shot nonsense via angry ranting (and you can’t exactly blame the writer, and others like him, considering the example we Christians set…) and some of it is absolutely true. Christians take notice and search your own
    selves and churches to see if these corruptions are in your midst:
    because they drive souls away from Christ! And God is keeping tabs…

    • Gary

      Street preaching goes all the way back to the Old Testament. Jesus, John the Baptist, Peter, and Paul all preached on the street.