Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily News of Jacksonville, North Carolina. It’s titled Answers are found in text of the Bible. There’s a comments section at the end, with no comments at the moment.
Today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so we won’t use his full name. His first name is Jesse. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis.
Jesse is writing about several earlier letters in that newspaper. The last one appeared in June, written by a fellow who was criticizing several letters by someone who was obviously a creationist. Now Jesse is jumping in to defend the creationist. His letter is a bit tangled because it keeps referring to the earlier ones, but we’ll try to keep everything straight. Here we go!
This letter responds to a letter written by Neil Nissenbaum that was published in the June 9 edition of The Daily News headlined, “In the Bible, there is more to the story.” In that letter, Nissenbaum’s was responding to several letters written by Gene Poore. I haven’t read Poore’s letters and I don’t know either Nissenbaum or Poore.
Nissenbaum says that the second Poore letter was about “intelligent design,” which Nissenbaum referred to as an “epic failure.” He also states that all gods and holy books are man-made, thus making man the designer and maker of this world.
We found the Nissenbaum letter: In the Bible, there is more to the story. It’s an interesting read, but Jesse seems to have mangled it badly. Nissenbaum said that Poore’s letter about intelligent design was an “epic failure,” and nowhere does Nissenbaum say that man is “the designer and maker of this world.” Instead he wrote: “Who designed the designer? Since all gods and holy books are man-made, man is the designer.”
Nissenbaum is clearly answering his own question by saying that man is the designer of the designer. Jesse is arguing about things that weren’t said, so he’s off to a brilliant start. Then, refuting a claim that exists only in his own mind, he tells us:
Now, we all know, because of the way everything works, the sun rises and sets, the seasons come and go, the tide comes in and goes out with clock-like precision, year after year. All of this occurs without man’s help; yet I believe someone is in control making it all work and this someone must be of superior intelligence far beyond what the human mind can conceive. This someone is the one I call God. My question to Nissenbaum is this: Who is the man who has made everything as we know it?
[*Groan*] Nissenbaum said only that man created the concept of a designer — not that he created the sun, the seasons, and the tides. Let’s read on:
We all know — Poore, Nissenbaum, everyone else and I — this world was not made by man yet it is here. We are all here, we are all going to leave here and leave everything here and it will still be here unless the Lord ends it.
Apparently in Poore’s third letter, he states that there are billions of people who believe in Jesus so He must be God. Nissenbaum in his critique says believing does not always make it true. … Being saved and born by the spirit of God into the Kingdom of God, all of those billions of people can, as Poore and I can, say the Bible is true and God is very real and the Lord Jesus Christ is His son and died to forgive us of our sins. [Bible quote.] There are literally billions of people who know it is true.
Nissenbaum had also said that “Many believed the earth was flat..” Jesse ignores that, and insists that believing something does make it true. He concludes his letter with this:
The answer to Nissenbaum’s doubt, fears unbelief and skepticism is still in reading and studying the Bible. I also believe Nissenbaum believes and just needs to search for the answers. They are in the Word of God — billions of people can say it is true and it is.
So there you are. Jesse has the answer to your doubts, fears, and unbelief. Ignore his advice at your peril.
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