Comedian Bill Maher was being his usual self recently when he said, on his HBO show ‘Real Time,’ that God is a “psychotic mass murderer” — at least, if you believe in the story of the Great Flood, which wiped out all humanity except for Noah and his family.
“What kind of tyrant punishes everyone just to get back at the few he’s mad at? I mean, besides Chris Christie,” Maher quipped.
Yesterday, Answers in Genesis patriarch Ken Ham took to his website to reassure his readers that Maher will get his in the end. It was Ham who debated Bill Nye the Science Guy last month, playing to a friendly local audience in Kentucky who, like Ham, reads the Bible literally.
Ham brought up Maher’s comments and then asked what he figured many of his followers must be thinking…
So why does God allow Bill Maher to continue his increasing God-hating comments? He really is tempting God. It’s as if he’s saying, “Come on God, I’m saying more and more outrageous things about You — come on — come and get me!” Bill Maher is blaming God for death because he does not want to accept that he is a sinner in need of salvation. He wants to be his own god — he shakes his fist at the God who created man and also provides the gift of salvation for those who will receive it.
But Ham pointed out that Maher is just living on borrowed time, and sooner or later he’ll have to answer for his shenanigans. “I’m reminded that God is a God of grace and mercy,” Ham says, and God will have the last word. Then, as the Bible says, “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Biology professor and blogger PZ Myers noted that Ham doesn’t even hint — or can’t admit — there’s a contradiction there.
“Ken Ham gets to put on his sanctimony face and drone on about how his god is a loving god who will set you on fire if you don’t love him back … all while completely oblivious to how his every word shows that Maher is right, god really is a psychotic mass murderer and tyrant,” Myers writes at his freethought blog, Pharyngula.
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