Bart Ehrman is a textual critic scholar who has abandoned his belief in the Word and now makes quite a living by selling books filled with sensational claims, gross exaggerations and heretical assertions about the nature of Scripture and Christian doctrine. Ehrman is a well educated man, some regard him as one of the top textual critical scholars in the world, and that is all fine and good. Despite my personal interaction with Bart after his debate with Daniel Wallace in Dallas some years back, where I asked him, something like “apart from the Christian worldview, as a self proclaimed “happy agnostic”, how do you account for morals, meaning and beauty”? to which Bart laughed and scoffed simply replying that “everyone just knows that.” Aside from my personal five minute interaction with Bart, there are reasons for claiming that I know more than Bart Ehrman and so do you. During his recent appearance on Colbert Nation, comedian Stephen Colbert’s show, Ehrman actually made the absurd assertion that Jesus was confused on the cross, his proof? Mark 15:34 where Jesus utters the words, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me”? (the assertion comes at about the 4:40 mark on the video). Ehrman sees this as proof that Mark and John are giving conflicting stories about the crucifixion. But in reality, it is quite common knowledge that Jesus is not “confused” or simply crying out in agony, but is actually fulfilling biblical prophecy by citing Psalm 22.1 from the cross. This of course was to fulfill all righteousness and to do the work the Father had given Him to do by redeeming His people by bearing the wrath of God on the cross. But it is precisely this sort of sensationalism that makes it impossible for anyone to take Ehrman serious despite his expertise and scholarship in the textual field. His sensationalism is marring his ability to deliver truthful and genuine scholarship and if anything it is simply revealing that his supposed testimony of leaving the Christian faith “kicking and screaming” is simply a lie. The truth is that no apostate leaves the faith kicking and screaming, they leave eager and willing because, as their apostasy shows, they are yet dead in their sins. The fact that Ehrman appeared on a comedy show suits the present condition of his scholarship.
See also, Michael Kruger’s critic of Ehrman’s new book: BART EHRMAN’S WORLDVIEW PROBLEM
Emilio Ramos is the preaching pastor of Heritage Grace Community Church. Pastor Emilio is committed to the expository and exegetical teaching of the Word of God. Emilio is also the author of Convert, From Adam to Christ and the founder of redgracemedia.com- a media ministry devoted to the glory of God’s redemptive grace through Jesus Christ. He and his wife Trisha live in Dallas, TX.
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