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NewsReal Sunday: Obama Greater Than Jesus? (Part 1)

Posted on January 3 2010 10:44 am
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The new icon of secular progressives.

There have been reports in the past on people thinking Barack Obama was the anti-Christ.  There have been some stories previously on Obama possibly being the next Messiah.  And now, just after celebrating the birth of Jesus, one newspaper claims Obama is “greater than Jesus.”

Politiken, the second most widely-read newspaper in all of Denmark, boldly proclaimed this week that Obama is indeed greater than the Son of God. Read the editorial for yourself here.

“He comes from humble beginnings and defends the weak and vulnerable, because he can identify himself with their conditions.  And no we are not thinking of Jesus Christ, whose birthday has just been celebrated – – but rather the President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama.”

The paper discusses how people have tried to hurt Obama by comparing Him to Jesus, but they argue the comparison should help the President. Why? Because, according to Politiken, comparing Obama to Jesus would show how the former one term Senator is superior to the Savior of the world.

“Obama’s critics have claimed that his supporters have idolised him as a saviour, thus attempting to dismantle the concrete hope that Obama has represented for most Americans.  The idea was naturally that the comparison between Jesus and Obama – which is something that the critics developed themselves – would be comical, blasphemous, or both.  If such a comparison were to be made, it would, of course, inevitably be to Obama’s advantage…Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus.”

I know this article sounds like it is from The Onion, but let me repeat: this is the #2 paper in all of Denmark. It is not a joke.  In fact, the paper has won prestigious awards for being one of the best designed papers in the world and excellent in journalism. Their editor, Toger Seidenfaden, is a past attendee of the secretive Bilderberg Group, which is an annual, invitation-only meeting of the world’s most 150 or so most influential people (Timothy Geitner and Ben Bernanke are other recent attendees.)

Why would such an acclaimed paper think Obama is greater than Jesus?  What do they base their argument on?  Their main argument focuses on Obamacare being passed in the Senate.  Somehow 60 US Senators voting yea on a 1 Trillion dollar health care bill is grounds for not only sainthood – but better than Saviorhood.

Politiken lists a few other reasons and then make their summary of Jesus’ accomplishments:

“Add to that the biggest ever financial support package in America’s history, a major disarmament agreement and the quickest-ever re-establishment of American reputation.  On the other hand, we have Jesus’ miracles that everyone still remembers, but which only benefitted a few.  At the same time, we have the wonderful parables about his life and deeds that we know from the New Testament, but which have been interpreted so differently over the past 2000 years that it is impossible to give an unequivocal result of his work.”

Very few in the media have picked up on this story so far. Fox News’ Red Eye is one of the few.

Red Eye mocks the Politiken for good reason.  The Danish paper’s argument is absurd.  Obama understood it was ridiculous to win a Nobel Peace Prize, though he did accept the award on behalf of the American people. However, Obama would run from and be offended by this proclamation that he is greater than the King of Kings.

What does scripture say of Jesus and who is the greatest?

“15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood,shed on the cross.” Colossians 1:15-20

Obviously, all Christians believe that Jesus is the greatest man of all time because we believe He is God in the flesh.  We also believe that besides the miracles of Jesus that “benefited a few,” Jesus gave His own life that all might find eternal life through Him.  There is no greater act in history.

Even those without faith in Jesus as Messiah understand that He was one of the greatest men of all time.  Muslims claim Jesus as one of the great prophets.  Jews respect Him as a great teacher. Moreover, billions have learned to show grace, peace, and love through His teachings. Obama himself has quoted Jesus as reason to help your fellow man.

Secular progressives have gone too far in Denmark.  Hopefully they won’t win any converts to their new religion of Obama.

(Keep an eye out for Part 2 of this post later today, which will compare how Christians and fundamentalist Muslims respond differently to criticism – looking at recent examples in Denmark.)

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