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Answers in Genesis President and CEO Ken Ham recently called on atheist comedian Bill Maher to repent for his sins, saying that although God is merciful, it is possible the television personality could go to hell if he does not end his "God-hating comments" soon. Ham added that if Maher continues with his "present spiritual state," then he truly fears for the atheist's soul.
"So why does God allow Bill Maher to continue his increasing God-hating comments? He really is tempting God. It's as if he's saying, 'Come on God, I'm saying more and more outrageous things about You-come on-come and get me!'" Ham wrote in a blog post. "Bill Maher is blaming God for death because he does not want to accept that he is a sinner in need of salvation. He wants to be his own god-he shakes his fist at the God who created man and also provides the gift of salvation for those who will receive it."
Ham was responding to recent comments made by Maher on his HBO show, "Real Time with Bill Maher." The comedian, a known atheist, was discussing the upcoming film "Noah," a theatrical interpretation of the Bible's Great Flood story. In his commentary, Maher quipped that God was a "psychotic mass murderer" for wanting to destroy the world with a flood.
"[Noah is] 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? I mean besides Chris Christie," Maher joked during his show.
In his blog post, Ham suggested that Christians pray for Maher to come to repentance.
"Yes, God is longsuffering toward Bill Maher. But it is appointed unto Mr. Maher that he will die-and then God has the last say," Ham wrote, arguing that in Maher's "present spiritual state, he will not only die once but twice." He cited Revelations 21:8 that tells of unrepentant sinners suffering their "second death" in the "lake which burns with fire and brimstone."
"I truly fear for Bill Maher's soul," Ham concluded.
Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer made similar comments last week.
The only reason that Bill Maher, after a tirade like that, draws another single breath, is because God is merciful, God is compassionate, He is abundant in steadfast love and loving kindness," Fischer, director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association, said on his radio program "Focal Point." "He (God) is waiting for Bill Maher to come to a place of repentance and He is continuing to extend to him His grace and His patience and His mercy."