Atlanta megachurch pastor Andy Stanley sparked controversy by saying that Christianity doesn’t hinge on the birth of Jesus Christ, but on his resurrection. In other words, the virgin birth is not such a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
Washington Post: “If somebody can predict their own death and resurrection, I’m not all that concerned about how they got into the world,” Andy Stanley said in a Dec. 4 sermon at North Point Community Church, which draws 36,000 attendees across six locations in suburban Atlanta. “Christianity doesn’t hinge on the truth or even the stories around the birth of Jesus. It hinges on the resurrection of Jesus.”
“I am often misunderstood because of my communication style. I frequently verbalize what I know unbelievers and those who have left the church believe, assume or remember a college professor saying,” Stanley said in a response Friday to The Washington Post.
Personally, I don’t see what the freak-out is over Pastor Stanley’s comments. There are many, like me, who question some parts of the Bible as being less than factual, including the virgin birth, Adam and Eve and Noah’s ark. Of course, some right wing evangelicals want us to just believe what ever they tell just because. That’s not how it works.
The fact that Jesus supposedly rose from the dead far outweighs how he was born, in my opinion. Who else has ever come back from the dead? Of course, the usual chorus of right wing evangelicals are screaming heretic. People like conservative blogger Erick Erickson are taking shots at Pastor Stanley.
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