By now, you may have heard about the Britt Hume spin-off of the Tiger Woods controversy. On a Fox News panel recently, Hume suggested that Tiger Woods could redeem himself by converting to Christianity, since Christianity is the only religion that offers forgiveness of sins. Noting that Hume’s own religious convictions are not public knowledge, Ann Coulter wrote a very interesting piece on the new controversy that has erupted due to Hume’s remarks.
I’m not a big fan of Coulter. She writes some funny zingers from time to time, and she shows some good insights, but she’s too much of a Bush apologist for my tastes.
In any case, Hume noted that it’s reported that Woods is a Buddhist, and he observed that Buddhism doesn’t actually teach forgiveness.
And, really, he’s right. Buddhism may teach the need to forgive *others*, but it does not teach the idea that there is a God who will embrace and forgive *me*. It teaches that I have to overcome my fallenness by prayer and penance, but not that I can just be forgiven, carte blanche. I recall that, upon the publication of Crossing the Threshold of Hope, John Paul II sparked outrage among secular liberals for making a similar statement about Buddhism.
Anyway, two particular points in Coulter’s piece caught my attention: one because it’s a good zinger, and the other because it’s well written but self-incriminatory.
On MSNBC, David Shuster invoked the “separation of church and television” (a phrase that also doesn’t appear in the Constitution), bitterly complaining that Hume had brought up Christianity “out-of-the-blue” on “a political talk show.”
Why on earth would Hume mention religion while discussing a public figure who had fallen from grace and was in need of redemption and forgiveness? Boy, talk about coming out of left field!
What religion — what topic — induces this sort of babbling idiocy? (If liberals really want to keep people from hearing about God, they should give Him his own show on MSNBC.)
Coulter proceeds to a very Evangelical take on salvation, but we’ll let that pass for the time being.
Trimmed down a bit, here goes:
God sent his only son to get the crap beaten out of him, die for our sins and rise from the dead. If you believe that, you’re in. Your sins are washed away from you — sins even worse than adultery! — because of the cross.
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Christianity is simultaneously the easiest religion in the world and the hardest religion in the world.
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You can be washing the dishes or walking your dog or just sitting there minding your business hating Susan Sarandon and accept that God sent his only son to die for your sins and rise from the dead … and you’re in!
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If you do that, every rotten, sinful thing you’ve ever done is gone from you. You’re every bit as much a Christian as the pope or Billy Graham.
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God ought to do a TV spot: “I’m God Almighty, and if you can find a better deal than the one I’m offering, take it.”
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In a boiling rage, liberals constantly accuse Christians of being “judgmental.” No, we’re relieved.
Christianity is also the hardest religion in the world because, if you believe Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead, you have no choice but to give your life entirely over to Him. No more sexual promiscuity, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies — no doing what all the other kids do.
And no more justifying torture because you think it’s in the best interest of saving lives. No more killing guilty people and depriving them the chance of God’s forgiveness.
And no more caring what the world thinks of you — because, as Jesus warned in a prophecy constantly fulfilled by liberals: The world will hate you.
Hence start dressing more modestly, Ms. Coulter, and drop the fancy suits and make-up and make-overs.
With Christianity, your sins are forgiven, the slate is wiped clean and your eternal life is guaranteed through nothing you did yourself, even though you don’t deserve it. It’s the best deal in the universe.