Creationist Wisdom #255: The Dead Sea Scrolls

We bring you another letter-to-the-editor from Your Houston News, a community newspaper in Conroe, Texas, near Houston. Conroe seems to be overrun by creationists, as we’ve written about three other letters from the same place recently: #213: The Whole Story, , and also #209: Apples and Oranges and also #196: Three Questions.

Today’s letter is Creationism has more credence than evolution. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with a bit of bold font for emphasis, and as we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Here we go:

I am amazed at how people will twist the truth to try to make a point. Recently, one of your letter writers called evolution a science, and debunked creationism. Evolution has never been declared a science by scientists. It is a theory with so many holes in it, that it should have sunk a long time ago.

We’re off to a great start! The letter continues:

If evolution were a fact, why do we not see it in action today? Have you ever seen a part monkey, part man? I agree that some men act like apes, but I have never seen one in the process of evolution. If the monkey had evolved, why are there still monkeys?

Aaaargh!! He’s hit us where we’re most vulnerable. Let’s read on:

How does an evolutionist explain the archer fish? That fish has eyes that are completely different that any other eye. Those eyes enable him to spot a bug on a leaf above the water, and to shoot it down with a spurt of water, without the usual distortion that comes from looking up through water.

How does the evolutionist explain the woodpecker? His skull structure is different than any other bird, enabling him to drill into a tree without getting a headache or damaging his skull.

Miracles. That’s the only explanation. We continue:

I could go on. I would much prefer to trust in God’s word. He says he created the earth and all that is therein. The dead sea scrolls have proved that the Old Testament was written many years before Christ was born. Other historians back up the fact that the people of those times lived when the Bible says they lived.

Aha — an original argument! We’ve never seen the dead sea scrolls used to prove creationism. Here’s more:

The amazing thing about these books is the accurate prophecies that are there and that have come true exactly as God’s word says they would. Seventeen of the Old Testament books are prophetic books. Over and over, they prophesied things that would come to pass in minutest detail.

We’ll skip the letter-writer’s examples of prophesy, but we know you’ll want to click over there to read them. Here’s how the letter ends:

I could go on, but if you really want to know the truth, there are many churches around you who will be glad to share God’s truth with you. Let me give you one warning. There will come a day, and that day might be soon, when your chance to make an intelligent decision will pass you by. Please, don’t let that happen because you would prefer to believe a theory than to know the truth.

You’ve been warned, dear reader. We’ve done all we can. Change your ways before it’s too late!

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11 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #255: The Dead Sea Scrolls

  1. Christine Janis,

    “Let me give you one warning. ”

    Eternal damnation — it always comes down to that with creationists eventually.

  2. aturingtest

    SC: “We’ll skip the letter-writer’s examples of prophesy, but we know you’ll want to click over there to read them. ”

    I’ll save everybody the trouble. The letter-writer’s examples of biblical prophecies that came true are…biblical stories. Kind of like prophecies in Lord of the Rings, part 1, being fulfilled in Lord of the Rings, part 2.

  3. Yep, the choice is clear.

    Believe (a) a set of often contradictory tribal stories, myths and songs recorded by unknown middle eastern scribes, most likely edited and transcribed from earlier scribblings by even more unknown persons and now lost to history, involving numerous gods and other supernatural creatures and wildly implausible and miraculous events, or; (b) a coherent scientific explanation based on objective evidence and logic, whose authors include thousands of modern scientists of all faiths and backgrounds currently working in scientific institutions, museums, and related organizations around the world.

    If you choose to believe modern scientists, however, those supernatural creatures in the ancient writings will torture you for all eternity… so choose wisely.

  4. retiredsciguy

    By insisting that we all must believe every word of the Bible as literal truth, the fundamentalists undermine belief in the eternal truths that are, in my opinion, far more important to society’s well-being. Namely, treat your fellow humans with respect, dignity, and honesty.

    Perhaps there are some people who will only follow those simple guidelines of decency if they fear eternal damnation. But for the rest of us, the religionists’ insistence of total belief is an insult to our intelligence, which at the heart of it is a lack of respect. They are violating the Golden Rule.

  5. Funny how those predictions always predict what has already happened. I want to know what is going to win the 3:40 tomorrow, not yesterday 😦

  6. NeonNoodle

    If evolution were a fact, why do we not see it in action today? Have you ever seen a part monkey, part man?
    Often. Our last president, for one. Specifically the small cranium, close-set eyes, and the wide space separating his nose and top lip. Likewise, a kindergartener in my neighborhood made the childlike, nonpolitical observation that our current president looks like her favorite cartoon character, Curious George. Same hairline, same ears. One can find living proof of evolution simply by riding a bus, turning on television or opening a newspaper. I don’t get it. What’s the mystery?

  7. Fearful Bible Thumper writes: “Let me give you one warning. There will come a day, and that day might be soon, when your chance to make an intelligent decision will pass you by.”

    This is a common religious tactic that you can also see in advertising. “CALL NOW WHILE SUPPPLIES LAST” etc… Fear and urgency go hand in hand.

  8. Retired Prof

    Do you mean to say, Jason Lane, that the idea that an infinitely powerful and merciful god can or will release only a limited supply of salvation is nothing but a sales tactic?

    My, my. The cynicism one encounters these days.

  9. Ceteris Paribus

    Of course their is only a limited supply. The Jehovah’s Witnesses even pin down the number of souls who can get to heaven as 144,000 or something like that.

    As for me and my house, if I were going out to shop for a religion, one vendor to check out would be the Hindu religion with their thousands of gods waiting for the customer. Their advertisements would carry the tag line: “But wait! There’s more!”

  10. @ceteris

    Don’t forget they’re all male virgins descended from the 12 tribes of israel… sorry ladies… and pretty much all men. Maybe that’s why catholic priests don’t marry.

  11. Jim Thomerson

    Interesting question about the archerfish eye. South American arowanas are able to make accurate jumps to pick off insects well above the water line. Even more intriguing is the Anableps eye, which has an upper portion for above water, and a lower portion for in the water, with a horizontal bar of iris in between. There is also a hole dwelling blenny with similar eyes, but vertical bar in between.