Colbert Video: The Bible out of context

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Here’s an entertaining video of Colbert defending the authenticity of the Bible. He actually does a great job and keeps it very funny as he goes.

The confused soul that plays Colbert’s guest in this clip is out promoting his new book, “Jesus Interrupted: Revealing the hidden contradictions in the Bible.” It’s one more sad example of how the tradition of interpreting the Bible out of context or using it as something that it’s not has done tremendous damage to the truth of Christianity.

Shoot – we now have an entire culture of even Christians who have taken it upon themselves to interpret Sacred Scripture independent of Sacred Tradition and the Church that gave it to us.  And then they go out and come to their own fallible conclusions about it based solely on their own, personal authority. So I suppose we can’t be too surprised when non-believers claim to disprove Christianity using the same exact method. We need to rethink why we believe in the Bible in the first place.

Hope you enjoy the video!

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Cade_One April 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I like Colbert. He is good at defending his faith in a light-hearted way. They should release a DVD of just the segments where he talks about Christianity. I would buy it.

Kaycee April 16, 2009 at 8:49 am

Good post. Colbert is hilarious.

I’m just reading the Bible for the first time and it’s hard for me to not try to interpret it.

As a newcomer it’s hard to determine who knows what they are talking about, so I’m avoiding books by both apologetics and doubters.

Right now I’m trying to focus objectively on the message than on the answers I’m looking for.

Paul April 16, 2009 at 10:42 am
Cade_One April 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

Jesus was quoting Psalm 22 (Check it out for yourselves)

This author is going to probably make a ton of money and he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about! The only contradiction is between Bart Ehrman’s interpretation of the Scriptures and what is actually happening in the Gospels.

Michelle Leslie April 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm

You’ve enticed me to copy and share the video with my facebook friends. I love Colbert.

chelsea s. April 22, 2009 at 12:39 pm

“that Jesus…is an elephant”

Kevin Quinn April 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm

You understand that this is a satirical character that Steven Colbert plays? He isn’t defending his faith, he’s showing the bigotry, ignorance, and arrogance of some of the bible thumpers on the right side. His entire character is basically a giant rip of Bill O’Reilly, do people actually watch this and think he’s serious???

Matthew Warner April 27, 2009 at 8:13 am

Kevin, I think you are right on most things – for sure! I am fairly certain Colbert is a pretty liberal guy when it comes to his own life.

BUt it is definitely interesting when he talks about faith – which he often does. This is definitely a departing from his satirical “bill orielly” character when he does so.

Orielly rarely speaks in terms of defending his faith from a rational and theological point. And hardly EVER offers a real defense. And Colbert is a Catholic (albeit I dunno how solid he is when it comes to the dignity of life, marriage, etc.). But when it comes to many of the aspects of the Church, he actually makes some surprisingly good points.

If he truly wanted to represent the “arrogant bible thumpers” in satire it would be pretty easy to do. But he doesn’t really go that far.

Regardless of whether or not he is sincere or just playing a character in those moments…he actually makes a good defense of the faith. If he’s trying to make fun of his own character in those moments…he’s doing a terrible job, because he’s making his character look really smart.

And he usually manages to do it with good humor at the same time.

Luis Madrigal July 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm

He is so awesome.
I agree with Matt.

Carol May 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Kaycee – you’re hurting your quest for truth by “avoiding books by apologetics”.

From a scientific perspective that would be like saying: I want to study the stars but I won’t look at any books written by astronomers or astrologers.

Just to clarify the astrologers are the “doubters”: people who interpret w/o a frame of reference and conclude whatever they want eg: Leos are agressive (lol) or Jesus would drive a Prius (Llol). Whereas the astronomers are the “apologists”; the ones who have been studying this material for thousands of years NOT trying to CREATE a truth, but trying to UNDERSTAND that truth. They are anthropologists, historians and archeologists all rolled up into one. Listen to them.

Sure there are those who believe w/o knowledge, but I’m not referring to those. You are doing yourself a real favor if you find a few different study bibles. You’ll be surprised at how secular and scientific these can be (a little too much in some cases in my opinion). Good luck with your quest.

enness July 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Color me impressed!

I agree with Matt — this is far too good to be written off as mere caricature. The fellow is speechless.

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