Faith Under Fire: Evangelical Christians “God’s Frauds”?

December 31, 2014

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Evangelical Christians are under attack in a newly released piece by Newsweek which calls those of the faith “God’s frauds.”

In its pre-Christmas issue, the magazine launched a vitriolic war on the Bible in an article by Kurt Eichenwald, titled “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.”

Eichenwald’s attempts to discredit the Bible – both the Old Testament and New Testament – and casts Christians as evil hypocrites.

“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 order for lunch,” the author writes.

“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 words,” he continues.

Eichenwald maintains that he seeks to fight against the “illiteracy of self-proclaimed Biblical literalists” while he himself selectively interprets Biblical themes to prove his point.

His mission “is designed to shine a light on a book that has been abused by people who claim to revere it but don’t read it, in the process creating misery for others.”

Pointing to what he calls the “many contradictions” of the Bible, Eichenwald questions some of the more famous passages such as the veracity of the Biblical account of creation as told in Genesis and the flood in the book of Noah, what he calls “the literary equivalent of a hall of mirrors.”

In his quest to disprove the New Testament, Eichenwald recalls a passage that any person familiar with Christian theology would recognize:

“He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” (John 7:53)

Claiming that “scribes made it up sometime in the Middle Ages,” Eichenwald adds that this account is just one of many events that “simply never happened.”

Regarding prayer, specifically the large prayer gatherings made popular by Evangelical Christians, Eichenwald dismisses their efforts by belittling what he terms hypocritical forms of prayer.

“They appeal to God to save American from their political opponents, mostly Democrats,” he writes. “They gather in football stadiums by the thousands to pray for the country’s salvation.”

Evangelical Christian “babbling,” the term Eichenwald uses to refer to prayer, is nothing more than efforts to prattle about “faith and country and the blessings of America” which he says “runs counter to everything that Jesus says about prayer in the Bible.”

Newsweek’s public attack on Christianity is a fight for faith that highlights how the world’s number one selling book in history is still a subject matter of great value and importance.

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