By Nicholas Muiruri
Seventh-day Adventism, Ben Carson’s religion came under attack by controversial left-wing atheist, Bill Maher recently. Maher opted to use “New Rules,” a segment that runs on “Real Time” every Friday night, as his platform. However, Bill Maher did not just single out Seventh-day Adventism, all Christianity sects came under attack. Of particular interest were sects that preach beliefs that are different from what mainstream churches teach.
Pastor William Miller brought the Seventh-day Adventist Church into the limelight when he pegged Jesus’ return date at October 22, 1844. Maher termed this as a “spoiler alert.” Considering that Jesus did not show up on that day, Maher opined that one would have expected followers to scrutinize the pastor’s claims. Maher compares this to the part in the Wizard of Oz where Toto pulled back the curtain. It would have been foolhardy to believe in the Wizard.
Maher stated that the professed return of Christ was a clear deviation from Christian teachings. Besides, the prophesy was not the only one issued by the sect. He added that the Seventh-day Adventist Church preoccupies its followers with the subject of the world coming to an end. In reality, Adventism believers refer to the failed prophecy in 1844 as “The Great Disappointment,” Maher added.
This “disappointment” is as a result of the realization that the world has not come to an end. In his opinion, Maher was definite that he needed not agree with everything a political figure said. He said he could stomach disagreement on income tax credit, paid sick leave, entitlements, and abortion. However, the subject of the earth’s continued existence did not work for him.
Quoting Carson, who said he could “feel God’s fingers pushing him to be president.” Maher responded “You know what? Tell God to keep his fingers to himself,” Maher joked. “Because we know where those fingers have been, in every war in human history, from the ones He started in the Old Testament to the one that just played out in Paris.”
Maher later shifted the discussion to Lamar Smith. Smith is the Republican representative for Texas. Smith is also a Christian Scientist. Followers of this sect believe in faith as compared to science. In other words, where science and faith are at loggerheads, religion takes precedence.
Christian Scientists, Maher noted are always fighting with the government over critical matters of health. For instance, Christian Scientists do not let their children undergo vaccination. Also, whenever a member of the sect falls ill, they do not allow them to seek treatment. Moreover, adherents of this faith refuse being attended to by a medical practitioner.
With these behavioral aspects in mind, Maher quipped that Congressman Smith wanted Obamacare repealed. Once repealed, Smith would propose that instead of Americans seeking for medical help, they should pursue prayer.