Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. But today we’ve got a preacher — Jeff Long, pastor of the Trading Ford Baptist Church. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In these modern and trying times I feel lot of us either struggle, or have struggled, with our faith. Faith is so simple — you just have to believe, yet so confusing, because you can’t recognize it with any of your senses (sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste).
That’s the neat thing about faith — it doesn’t require any information from the outside world. Hey — get this:
As a science-based person, an engineer, I myself struggled with this concept, because I couldn’t prove it.
The rev is an engineer? We Googled around and couldn’t locate him that way, but taking him at his word, he fits the Salem hypothesis, according to which engineering types have a tendency toward the creationist viewpoint. This one has taken that to the next level by being a preacher. We’re in for a treat, so hang on! He says:
One day a man I worked with said, “If one doesn’t believe in God, what’s left? Evolution?” I was confused because yes, evolution had passed through my thoughts. He then said, “If we evolved from apes, why are there still apes?”
How did the rev react to his co-worker’s profound questions? Let’s read on:
This sparked my curiosity to the point where I opened my Bible and other reference books, and started looking for answers.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What did the rev learn? He continues:
“Evolution: the development of a species, organism or organ from its original or primitive state to its present or specialized state,” (Webster’s Dictionary). Well, this says that if evolution is true, there had to be something to start with. Oh yes, the “big bang” theory.
The rev not only consulted his bible, but also a dictionary. You gotta admit, dear reader, it’s thrilling to see a great mind at work. Here’s more:
Suppose, just by chance, there happened to be a minute particle in the middle of nowhere (remember, nothing existed yet) and it just exploded for no reason or through no external force acting on it. Then by that random act, a single cell of such complexity was formed, that it needed neither plan nor guidance for it to divide randomly through the years and to ultimately form each and every living organism in our society as we know it today. Wow! Seems like an awful lot of random ‘ifs” and “chances.”
Very impressive analysis! What did the rev conclude? He tells us:
To me, this is harder to conceive of than the creation as explained in the Holy Bible.
Then the rev gives us two reasons why it’s so difficult to conceive:
First of all, we still needed that first particle — which science has no explanation for. Second, we know scientifically by Newton’s Law that only an external force greater than the result (universe) could have caused this explosion and nothing (or no one) else existed at this time.
Uh huh — that’s Newton’s law all right — a greater force produces a lesser reaction. You never thought of the rev’s objections before, did you? But the rev did. Moving along:
Whichever way you care to look at this, there was something or someone here before time began, in order to orchestrate such a magnificent feat. I believe in Bible facts through faith that this conductor was God.
Yes — an orchestra requires a conductor! And now we come to the end:
I hope this has sparked your curiosity enough to cause you to seek answers for yourself. I feel your Holy Bible or church is a great place to start. I’m sure you’ll find the answers you’re looking for. God bless all!
Well, dear reader — that was quite an intellectual adventure! Perhaps the rev’s wisdom will set you on the right path.
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