Brit Hume argued that Tiger Woods could obtain forgiveness if he accepted Christ as his savior, and Brit has apparently taken some heat for these comments.
Brit Hume made the seemingly unpardonable “error” of gently suggesting that Tiger Woods would be better off as a Christian than a Buddhist. In Ireland, that may or may not be a legal crime, but here in America it is at least being made socially unacceptable by postmodern leftists who screech like a goth in the sun if they hear a simple declarative statement that Christianity is superior to other religions.
This is a free country, first of all. Real men say what they feel like saying. They don’t worry about what the spineless fools of the world think.
Secondly, Buddhism is a crummy religion. I am tired of this New Agey creeping in society toward the worship of ideals as opposed to worship of a divine person. Star Wars was a good fiction movie, but in reality God is not a pantheistic “force.” God is a person. (Or more accurately he’s three persons, but if you think he’s one person you’re at least on the right track.)
Forgiveness does not come from a force. Forgiveness can only come from personal entities, such an individual or group of individuals.
Certainly Christians sin, including sexual sin, but biblical Christianity – which Hume said he is ardently pursuing – provides for forgiveness and redemption while those concepts are not part of Buddhism. Hume believes that Christianity’s forgiveness and redemption is superior to what Buddhism offers; not a suprising, shocking, or even offensive belief for a Christian to hold. The response from the “tolerant left” to Hume’s gentle, respectful suggestion is completely over the top.
Moreover, why anyone would glorify impersonality is completely beyond me. Just ask yourself which is superior — a computer program, or a human being. If you had to go into court, would you trust a computer program to analyze your guilt or innocence and apply the correct sentence? A computer program resembles the “force” of pantheistic religions, whereas a human being resembles a personal God. Even the most perfectly-written computer program could never account for every variation in life and respond accordingly. Only persons can adapt in such an appropriate manner. And if theoretically a computer could do so, it would constitute an artificial person and not merely a program. Personhood is the height of existence. Therefore, any non-theistic religion makes no sense.
This country was founded on Christian principles, not pantheism. If we abandon the Christian God, we will not last long.