I found this interview that Cathleen Falsani, a journalist at the Chicago Sun-Times did with then-State-Senator Obama about his religious beliefs. I was going to just post it on Facebook, but the things I wanted to point out from the interview took too much space for a simple post. I could have just posted a link to the interview (and I WILL do that here), but I felt that people might be put off by the length of the interview plus my thoughts.
Here I will examine his beliefs as he stated them, and come to a conclusion regarding his status as a “Christian” or “non-Christian” (at least, his status as of this interview in 2004). I am only going to touch on four of the questions. If you like, you can read the entire interview here.
1. When asked who Jesus is, Obama responded by saying that Jesus is a historical figure, a bridge between God and man, a “means of us reaching something higher,” and a “wonderful teacher.” What does the Bible say? Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is God (John 8:58). He is not simply a historical figure, He is not simply a wonderful teacher, He is God. (John 1:1).
2. When asked about the reality of hell, Obama said, “I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity.” What does the Bible say? Revelation 20:11-15 says that if someone’s name isn’t found in the book of life, they will be thrown in the lake of fire. Hell is a real place, and those who are not forgiven by God will burn there forever.
3. When asked about the reality of heaven, he said, “if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die.” What does the Bible say? I John 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” If Obama doesn’t KNOW what happens after death, then he either hasn’t read the Bible or he doesn’t believe it.
4. When asked “What is sin,” he said, “Being out of alignment with my values.” What is sin, according to the Bible? Simply put, sin is being out of alignment with GOD’s values. Sin is not “being untrue to myself.” Sin is doing things God says are wrong, and NOT doing things God says are right. The Greek word for sin literally means “to miss the mark.” Think of sin like an archery contest. If you hit the bulls eye every single time, you are sinless. If you “miss the mark” even once, you are a sinner.
I think I have demonstrated here that Obama’s beliefs are not biblical. If you believe the Bible is the Word of God and that it is profitable for doctrine (II Timothy 3:16), then I think we can agree that, if he still holds to the same views he expressed on this day in 2004, Barack Obama is not a Christian.
Does this fact alone mean we shouldn’t vote for him? No. You should not vote for your President based on whether or not you agree with their theology. T although that does have a contributing factor into their decisions and actions. So it’s relevant, but not a “deal breaker.” For that matter, according to the Bible, Mitt Romney isn’t a Christian either (he’s a Mormon. If you think Mormons are Christians, e-mail me and I will explain why they aren’t.).
I personally believe that Obama is not a good candidate based on his policies and general love for taking money from people who worked for it and giving that money to people who haven’t worked for it.