Kevin Sorbo of the upcoming Christian film "God's Not Dead" said there is no point speaking with someone as angry as TV host Bill Maher, who recently called God a "psychotic mass murderer."
"I wonder what happened to him in his lifetime, because the atheists I have met, not all of them are angry. I've got some very good friends who are atheists and they just don't believe, they simply don't believe. We've had great debates about it and things like that," Sorbo said in an interview with Newsmax, posted Tuesday, after being asked about Maher's comments.
"There is no reason to even try to talk to a guy like that because he has so much hate."
Maher, who has described himself as an "apatheist," made his controversial remarks last week on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher," when he started talking about the biblical account of Noah's ark and the flood.
"The thing that's really disturbing about Noah isn't the silly, it's that it's immoral. It's about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it and his name is God. Genesis says God was so angry with Himself for screwing up when He made mankind so flawed that He sent the flood to kill everyone. Men, women, children, babies, what kind of tyrant punishes everyone just to get back at the few he's mad at?" the comedian and talk show host said.
Responding to those comments, conservative radio host Bryan Fischer, director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association, reminded listeners on Monday that the picture presented of God in Scripture is that He is the Creator of the entire world, and that the reason for the flood was the evil of men at the time, who according to the story had nothing but evil in their hearts.
"The point was, God had nothing left to work with. God's heart was not to destroy, God's heart was to redeem, but He only found one man, and perhaps the members of his family, who had a heart to respond to Him, to work with Him, to obey Him, and that man's name was Noah," Fischer said.
Sorbo added in his interview that it is sad that Maher "has so much anger and hate," and suggested that he is a "very angry and lonely man."
In "God's Not Dead," Sorbo, who is most famous for the '90s TV series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and the sci-fi show "Andromeda," plays an atheist professor whose belief system is challenged by one of his Christian students.
The movie, set for release on March 21, also stars Willie Robertson and his wife Korie from "Duck Dynasty," who play themselves.
"I was very impressed with how they made the movie," Robertson told The Christian Post in an interview last week. "I would definitely say my own faith was strengthened – I was glad to be on the side of the kid defending his faith."