Bill O’Reilly argued with a pastor on The O’Reilly Factor over whether the Biblical stories of Jonah and Adam and Eve are in fact real. The answer that Bill O’Reilly gave may surprise many who consider the Fox News host to be an arch-conservative fundamentalist.
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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly sparred with Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, over the literal nature of the Bible, specifically the Old Testament. Bill O’Reilly has previously said he was not a Christian Biblical fundamentalist, saying, “I was taught, in my Catholic school, that a lot of the stories in the Bible are allegorical.” Given this prior statement, it’s perhaps with no surprise that Bill O’Reilly and the pastor had an argument.
Jeffress, who’s the author of the new book, How Can I Know?: Answers to Life’s 7 Most Important Questions, told Bill O’Reilly that limiting Old Testament stories to being merely fictional, yet allegorical, history lessons takes away the foundation of the Bible:
“Here’s the problem, Bill. If you start labeling these stories as fictitious or fable, where do you stop? It’s like peeling the layers of an onion, you end up with nothing. Jesus, for example, linked his resurrection to the story of Jonah. He said that as Jonah was in the fish for three days, so the son of man shall be in the ground for three days until God raises him up. Jesus linked the story of Noah to his second coming. He said, as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be for the second coming of the son of man. If Jesus believed that the story of Noah was fictitious, why would he link it to a future probability and certainty. You don’t link a future certainty with a past allegory.”
Bill O’Reilly is currently planning on writing a new book called Killing Jesus: A History. Bill O’Reilly’s previous books have been criticized as having errors. Combine this with the fact that Bill O’Reilly consider the Bible to be allegorical, and you have to wonder what Bill O’Reilly will say about Jesus.
What do you think about the Bible discussion between Bill O’Reilly and the pastor?