Some months we find a lot of these, and at other times hardly any at all. This month they just keep coming. Today’s find is actually a column, but we’ll treat it as another letter-to-the-editor. It appears in The Democrat News, a weekly publication of the Daily Journal of Park Hills, Missouri, and it’s titled Difference between Evolution and Christianity.
That title suggests apples and oranges (there’s a Wikipedia article on everything). How about the difference between relativity and Christianity? Well, let’s not reach any conclusions yet; we haven’t read beyond the title.
We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. As you know, we usually omit the writer’s name in order not to embarrass them, but in this case the author is a regular columnist for that publication. Her name is Jennie Whitmer. Okay, here we go:
The thing about Evolution and Christianity is, you can’t have it both ways, so you have to choose one over the other because each system of thought cancels out the other.
Jennie seems to be unaware of: (1) the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations supporting evolution; and also (2) The Clergy Letter Project, a strong, pro-evolution statement signed by over 12,000 Christian clergymen. Here’s the Wikipedia article on it: Clergy Letter Project. Jennie’s lack of awareness is no problem; in fact it’s an asset. We always feature clueless authors in this series, so she fits right in. Her column continues:
If you choose to just ignore the whole matter, that means you have in essence chosen evolution. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] Choosing God calls for action on your part, while doing nothing gives the spirit of evolution free rein to further its cause.
Evolution’s “spirit” has a “cause”? Let’s read on:
And it does have a cause which is to discredit God, His word, His son Jesus and the salvation that comes only through Him. The purpose is to keep people from believing Jesus and being saved from the devil’s hell, for which we would all be bound without His saving grace.
Wow! Evolution’s spirit is the devil himself, trying to lure you down into hell. This is hard-core stuff! Then, after a paragraph about what God says, Jennie reveals what evolution says:
Evolution tells us that “life” just sparked by accident millions of years ago and we just happened to evolve from being an animal. In fact, they say everything brought itself to life, including plants and animals, because there was no Creator. Even the Earth formed itself, as well as the rest of the Heavenly bodies.
Evolution tells that the heavenly bodies formed themselves. You didn’t know that, did you? Jennie continues with two more paragraphs about god, and then we get this:
I know that some people prefer to live with no hope for Godly help and guidance, no hope for eternal life, no sense of right and wrong, no value for human life, owing nothing to anybody except themselves. I know it, but I sure don’t understand it. I just know that this kind of life is a possibility for people who have no Creator, no Savior, no moral code and owe nothing to anyone else.
Jennie knows your innermost thoughts, dear reader. You have no hope, no sense of right and wrong, and you don’t value human life. That’s what evolution has done to you. But despite her knowledge of your wretched condition, Jennie doesn’t really blame you. She blames that old devil, evolution. Here’s why it’s not your fault:
This is what can happen when you think your life didn’t come with a purpose or any responsibility. How responsible can one be anyway, after falling out of a tree full of monkeys?
Very insightful! Here comes the end. It’s a happy ending, in which Jennie says there is still hope for you:
Now is the time. Go with God in His light, forgiveness, kindness, love, help and the hope we have in Jesus which springs eternal and will take us all the way to Heaven.
As we so often say at the end of these things, it’s up to you, dear reader. Make your choice — god or evolution. There’s no middle ground.
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