101 What Robin Williams can teach us about Jesus and the Bible.
Robin Williams is dead. They say he committed suicide. What can we learn about Jesus and the Bible through his death and the reports that appeared in the news papers?
When we read the reports in the different news papers, there are many variations, some even conflicting with the others. Every journalist has the right to emphasize the matter from his perspective and report the matter that supports the stance he takes, doesn’t he? That is exactly what good journalism entails. And good “evangelistics”? Should we not be grateful for the differences in the Gospels and the different aspects each Evangelist emphasizes instead of doubting the truth because of that? And when a Scripture from the Old Testament is quoted in the New Testament with a new perspective or new application, should we doubt the original meaning in the Old Testament and alter it to mean only what it’s application in the New Testament is?
One might ask how it is possible that a person with such a good sense of humor, such a successful actor, such a brilliant brain can commit suicide? It just is not possible. There must be a mistake. They should really do a good investigation, I am sure he was murdered. But suicide? Never! It does fit into my picture or estimate of who Williams was, and how one like him would act. And when Jesus or the Father does something that does not fit into my picture of how I think He should have done?
Let us presume that someone would “rectify” the version in the Sunday Times with some information from Time Magazine. And let’s say after a few years some researcher discovers the origin of these alterations and alters the version to what had originally been written in the Sunday Times, would we crucify him? And when absolute devote Bible researchers discover that some words or a phrase had been copied into Matthew from Mark by some devote person in the past, and they restore Matthew to what God had given Matthew at the beginning to write down – should we crucify them?
Just look at all the different reports regarding Williams. If I were to proclaim that there had never been a person like Williams – it is only a myth created by the Hollywood propagators of the film industry to promote their product, people would deem me crazy! Yet when someone comes to the conclusion on grounds of the differences in the Bible that Jesus never existed, we take him seriously? If he says that Jesus is only a myth created by the early Christians to promote the Christian faith, should we take him seriously?
John wrote: “These things I have written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life…” (1John 5:13)
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