Today’s letter is being answered by Jeremy Ham, who is presumably related ol’ Hambo. We’ve seen Jeremy described as “AiG’s content manager” — whatever that means. You can find his post here: Feedback: “The Biggest Joke on the Internet”. Nice title. This is the mail they received, and we’ll put it in red so you can’t miss it:
I just thought I’d make you aware of how much this site contributes to the ignorance of humanity. Is it any wonder that educated people the world over consider this the biggest joke on the internet?
Our only objection to that letter is that such things are a waste of time. The gang at AIG have heard it all, and their brains are impenetrable. Oh, one other objection — the truly biggest joke on the internet isn’t AIG, it’s The Time Cube. Anyway, here are a few excerpts from young Hambo’s answer. We’re omitting his numerous scripture quotes and links, and we’re adding a bit of bold font for emphasis:
You have not stated whether you are a secularist, theistic evolutionist, or something else. However, from your feedback it seems that you reject Christianity as a whole. Whatever the case, let us examine your statements from various aspects.
What difference does it make if the letter-writer were a Buddhist nudist onanist? The letter addresses the material promoted by AIG. Let’s read on:
It is rather ironic that many secularists and the like feel the need to passionately and openly denigrate Christianity. Why spend so much time bashing Christians and God’s Word? The very fact that many secularists give us so much attention, even negatively, makes one wonder if there is something more to it — as if underneath it all, they know there really is a God who created the universe: [huge scripture quote].
It’s obvious to young Hambo that deep down the letter-writer knows AIG is correct. Yes, that’s right, just as when a pretty girl tells us: “Get lost, creep!” we know that what she’s really saying is that she desperately wants us. AIG’s response continues:
Secularists know there is a God, but they have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie” [scripture reference]. Despite what others say, there will never be a piece of evidence contrary to the God of the Bible because He is the truth, and mankind knows it. Sadly, there are many who still reject Him — they have a heart that rejects God in order to cling to their own sin.
Isn’t this great? AIG claims that not only does the letter-writer know he’s wrong, but he rejects The Truth™ so he can cling to his sin. By the way, we’re keeping track, and so far we don’t see much from AIG that deals with the actual contents of the letter. Maybe that will change. Here’s more from young Hambo:
No matter what evidence we use to confirm Scripture, they will use their anti-God starting point to explain it away. When that fails, they will resort to emotive language and other empty statements.
Your homework assignment, dear reader, is to turn that around by changing “confirm Scripture” to “confirm science,” and also changing “anti-God starting point” to “anti-reality starting point.” Let us know how that works for you. Moving along:
There are professing believers who compromise the authority of God’s Word simply to accommodate the secular ideas of millions of years and evolution, which ultimately were developed to explain away God. Why would Christians give in to the lies of man by compromising with evolution or millions of years rather than believing the truth of Scripture?
Why? Well, maybe it’s because observable, verifiable evidence is important to some of us. Here’s another excerpt:
This compromise leaves the door open to doubting God’s Word as a whole, especially since it throws out God’s eternal truth for the changing opinions of man. If you question God on one thing, why not on another and another until you simply throw out His Word altogether? As we have stated many times before, a plain reading of Genesis 1–11 — without any preconceived or worldly bias, knowing the Bible to be God’s inerrant Word — clearly indicates that evolution and millions of years are simply not true.
We’ve mentioned before that AIG’s “all or nothing” approach to scripture is their problem, not ours. They’re the ones who keep insisting that if it isn’t all literally true, then none of it has any value. Who is to blame if people listen to Hambo, take him seriously, think about it, and then walk away from the whole thing? Let’s get on with the answer to AIG’s fan mail:
People may call us ignorant, foolish, or uneducated for the stand that we take on the truth of God’s Word, but why is standing on the authority of God’s Word a joke? After all, the truth of God’s Word is apparent as we have already stated. Rather than laughing at the truth, I strongly urge you to make sure your heart is right with God.
If the truth of Genesis were really apparent, we wouldn’t be having this conversation, would we? Here’s more:
To easily disprove your statement that educated people consider us a joke, we refer you to many scientists around the world who believe the biblical account of creation — as well as the ones we have on staff. We have mentioned these accomplished scientists numerous times and sadly we have been ignored many times.
And we could refer AIG to the more than 99% of scientists who think AIG truly is a joke, but AIG doesn’t care. The thing ends with some advice to the letter-writer — he should pray to be forgiven for his sins, and he should read a bunch of AIG’s articles. That’s very thoughtful — but the letter-writer wasn’t seeking either their advice or a sermon. You probably noticed that he didn’t get much of a meaningful response to his letter.
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