SAN DIEGO, February 21, 2018. – In a recent airing of ABC’s The View, co-host, Joy Behar took aim at Vice-President Pence’s claims about listening to Jesus.
“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.”
Behar’s comments were a response to the earlier news. Former White House staff Omarosa Manigault-Newman challenging the vice-president on Celebrity Big Brother with the following statement:
“I’m Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things…”
Vice-President Pence has since responded to Behar’s religious assessment:
“People of all different faith traditions, they cherish their faith in God…And to have ABC have a forum that spoke in such demeaning terms, I think it’s evidence of how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people.”
While Joy’s “insightful” commentary may have been about Mike Pence, her words have far deeper implications. It’s doubtful that she took the time to consider them. In one thoughtless, irresponsible comment, she accuses most of the New Testament writers (who claim to have both heard, seen and interacted with the resurrected Jesus) of being mentally ill.
And what does this say of Jesus, who promised that His Spirit would come after He left and speak to the apostles?
What does it say of Jesus when He said to Peter,
“Flesh and blood did not reveal that to you, but rather, my Father who is in Heaven” (Matt 16).
Meanwhile, her words, if applied consistently, do not say much for Old Testament prophets either, prophets such as Moses, Jeremiah and virtually every author of the Old Testament who also claimed to have heard directly from God. As a matter of fact, the very belief in a collection of writing called “scripture” is based upon the assumption that God spoke.
Thus, one who says it is ok to “believe in Jesus ” is saying it is ok to believe in a God who at the very least spoke to man in the past. Such a person will have a difficult time explaining why this same God cannot or would not continue to speak in the present.
While I will not accuse Miss Behar of being mentally ill herself, (extending far more grace to her then she is extending to Vice-President Pence) I will challenge her to at least activate her brain before activating her mouth. For one thing, the amount of proof that Joy or anybody has which concludes that God does not speak to people is zero.
The notion of a God who creates human beings with an ability to speak but who does not choose to speak Himself is rather flimsy philosophically. Certainly, God is capable of doing anything we can do. Once we have established that he CAN talk, there is only one remaining question: What would be His reason for not talking? And when somebody claims that He has, what is the opposing evidence that He hasn’t?
About the author:
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a regular CommDigiNew columnist. His novel “The Dangerous Christmas Ornament” is a 2017 “Distinguished Favorite” of the Independent Press Award and the New York City Big Book Award. The book is also listed by About Read as one of the Top 30 Recommended Action Adventure Books for 11-Year-Olds!