THIS one is especially timely. We present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled It is all in the celebration of contradiction, which appears in the Florida Times-Union, the major daily newspaper of Jacksonville, Florida.
The author writes under the name Godspenman. Here’s who he is: Reverend James L. Snyder and this is his church: Family of God Fellowship. We’ll copy parts of today’s letter, adding some bold for emphasis and just a bit of Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs.
The Rev begins with several paragraphs about a discussion with his wife, and then he gets to the point:
What she was referring to were the two holidays celebrated within several days of each other. The first being, of course, April Fools’ Day and the second, Easter Sunday. I had to agree with her it was rather a strange sort of affairs. There could not be two more diverse holidays to celebrate then these.
Okay, let’s read on:
On the one hand, we have April Fools’ Day. This is the primary atheist holiday and I base that on the Bible. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (Psalms 14:1 KJV).
Of course, I do not believe in atheists. I have never met an atheist in my entire life. I have met people who said they were atheists, but I never believed it. Every time an atheist gets in trouble, he blames it on God. Remember 9/11? Now, if he really does not believe in God, why does he blame things on God?
Atheists blamed God for 9/11? Anyway, the Rev doesn’t believe in the existence of atheists. What does he believe? We continue:
I must give credit to these people who think they are atheists. They firmly believe that there is no God despite the evidence to the contrary.
Ah, evidence. Now we’re getting somewhere:
Take the controversy between evolution and creationism. After all the efforts by so-called experts, nobody has come up with any solid proof supporting the theory of evolution. Despite the labors of many to prove otherwise, the evidence supporting creationism is overwhelming. For someone to reject solid facts and then cling on to an unproven theory has to be the epitome of foolishness.
Evolution is the “epitome of foolishness.” Here’s more:
Then, on the other hand, we have Easter Sunday. This is a well-documented event in the history of mankind. Certainly, many have tried to disapprove the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but all to no avail. Very few events in history have more collaborating evidence then the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
He probably means “corroborating” evidence, but let’s not quibble. The Rev tells us that the contrast between evolution and the resurrection couldn’t be more clear. There’s no “solid proof” for the former, and it’s overwhelming for the latter. And for creationism too. Okay, that was the evidence discussion. Skipping a bit:
As I see it, the difference between an atheist and a Christian is simply this; an atheist lives in the world of blatant denial of truth while the Christian lives his whole life on the solid foundation of truth as revealed in the Bible.
The Rev easily switches back and forth between evolution and atheism. His use of those terms inter-changeably suggests his belief that they’re the same thing.
Now we’ll skip to the end:
This week I choose to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with the calm assurance that it is true.
Your Curmudgeon hopes the Rev has a wonderful holiday.
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