Bart Ehrman Shocks Everyone When He Admits THIS about Christmas (David Wood)
Bart Ehrman used to be a devout follower of Jesus Christ, dedicating much of his life to studying the New Testament. He later abandoned Christianity and became an agnostic after concluding that the amount of human and animal suffering in the world makes no sense if the world is governed by an omnipotent, loving God. Nevertheless, Ehrman sometimes makes candid admissions about what he thinks about Christianity. For instance, in a Facebook post, Ehrman wrote:
“The God of Christmas is not a God of wrath, judgment, sin, punishment, or vengeance. He is a God of love, who wants the best for people and gives of himself to bring peace, joy, and redemption. That’s a great image of a divine being. This is not a God who is waiting for you to die so he can send you into eternal torment. It is a God who is concerned for you and your world, who wants to solve your problems, heal your wounds, remove your pain, bring you joy, peace, happiness, healing, and wholeness. Can’t we keep that image with us all the time? Can’t we affirm that view of ultimate reality 52 weeks of the year instead of just a few?
I myself do not believe in God. But if I did, that would be the God I would defend, promote, and proclaim. Enough of war! Enough of starvation! Enough of epidemics! Enough of pain! Enough of misery! Enough of abject loneliness! Enough of violence, hatred, narcissism, self-aggrandizement, and suffering of every kind! Give me the God of Christmas, the God of love, the God of an innocent child in a manger, who comes to bring salvation and wholeness to the world, the way it was always meant to be.”
David Wood (Acts 17 Apologetics) discusses Ehrman’s comments about Jesus and the God of Christmas. Being aware of people’s attitudes towards relevant issues can impact our evangelism.
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