Today’s letter-to-the-editor, like #443: Evolution and Sin, appears in the Carlsbad Current-Argus of Carlsbad, New Mexico. And today’s letter was written by the same preacher who wrote that earlier letter– Rev. Kurt Simmons of the Halegueno Street Church of Christ, which has no website.
The rev entertained us before, and he’s going to do it again. His new letter is titled Verbal inspiration and inerrancy of the scriptures. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Conservative evangelicals are sometimes criticized for belief in the inerrancy of scripture as originally penned. Liberal theologians who take a dismissive view of scripture charge that the Bible is false in various particulars, including the special creation of man, Eve being made from Adam’s rib, the age of the earth, the longevity of the patriarchs, and the world-wide flood.
Yes, rev, some do say that. What about it?
However, scientific debate on these many of these issues has tended to vindicate scripture. In fact, it is hard to get evolutionists to meet scientific creationists in debate these days.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’re all afraid to debate! Let’s read on:
Hard evidence for the theory of evolution is essentially nonexistent. Evolutionists are philosophically committed to a naturalistic paradigm and therefore must cling to their theory even though it is scientifically indefensible. Can any thinking person really suppose that innate matter is able to organize itself spontaneously into super-sophisticated, intelligently-designed, self-reproducing life forms? Talk about a leap of faith!
We love it when creationists speak disparagingly about a leap of faith. But the rev isn’t fooling around. He’s got facts on his side. Pay attention:
But if scientific skepticism has no real evidence falsifying scriptural accounts of creation and the age of the earth where does that leave the doctrines of verbal inspiration and inerrancy of scripture? Are there other disciplines that can show scripture is false or unreliable? What about history or archaeology, have these shown the Bible to be false?
The rev is mixing apples and oranges here. The creation account in Genesis is one thing, and written history is another. Watch as the rev uses one to “prove” the other:
Happily, the Bible has also withstood the tests of history and archaeology. For example, the February 2014 edition of Biblical Archaeology Review carried a feature entitled “50 people in the Bible confirmed archaeologically.” The list includes Israelite kings, Mesopotamian monarchs and other lesser known figures. In fact, the sheer volume of archaeological evidence supporting the Bible is overwhelming.
Uh huh. Hey, rev: Gone with the Wind mentions Robert E. Lee and Abe Lincoln, and we know they were real. Not only that, but a place called Atlanta really was burned by the Yankees. So that means Gone with the Wind must be true in every detail, right? Rhett and Scarlett were real people! Everything in the Iliad must be true too, because there really was a place called Troy. Here’s more:
The testimony of history also accords perfectly with the Bible. Virtually all history books trace mankind back to ancient Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent where all record of human existence suddenly stops (or begins). Beyond that, the record is completely blank: man appears on earth suddenly not 10,000 years ago! Thus, no external evidence from science, history, or archaeology falsifies scripture.
Right again! Written history doesn’t begin until the invention of writing. To know what happened before that, we need to dig deeper. But the rev doesn’t need to dig. Moving along:
That brings us to what the Bible says about itself. The apostle Peter, after giving his own testimony about Jesus, told his readers that they did not have to rely upon him, but also have the “more sure word of prophecy” …
According to Peter, then, the Bible’s prophecies are not the subjective thoughts and impressions of mortal men … . Rather, scripture represents the mind of God who spoke through apostles and prophets.
Ah yes, It’s twue, it’s twue! Not only that, but then the rev says:
Quite a claim, but one that has been fully accepted and embraced by some of the world’s greatest scientific minds, including Isaac Newton and Johannes Kepler, Galileo, and Copernicus.
Hey, if that ain’t proof, then what is? Oh, wait — didn’t Copernicus and Galileo dispute what the bible says about the Earth being the center of the universe? We seem to remember reading something like that, but we must be wrong. Here’s a final excerpt:
And if these great men of science accepted the Bible as the inerrant word of God, there is every reason for you or I to receive it as such as well.
Well there you are, dear reader. Not only is there no evidence whatsoever for evolution, but written history supports every detail in the bible, and so did Galileo. Therefore, so should you.
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