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 — Mike Hopper, pastor of Faith United Methodist Church. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Atheists tell us that the universe and everything in it exists by blind chance, without cause, purpose, or meaning. This view taken to its logical conclusion leaves us with no basis for future hope. For atheists, there is no basis for hope when our lives are broken now, and nothing to believe in beyond death.
Verily, theirs is a wretched existence. But the rev offers hope:
Modern science is continuing to reveal new evidences for the existence of God and his creative power. When our lives are broken by poverty, drugs, divorce, serious illness and family problems, we have an eternal God who still loves us.
That’s a big help. Let’s read on:
An honest and thoughtful review of three universal scientific principles points us to God and His love for us. First, the principle of causality tells us that every effect we see in the universe had a prior cause. Nothing suddenly pops into existence from nothingness. [Mined quote from Robert Jastrow.]
God’s existence, of course, somehow violates the principle of causality, but the rev seems unconcerned. He continues:
Second, the principle of energy filling the universe takes us to the source of creation.
We didn’t know about the “principle of energy filling the universe.” It’s always good to learn new things. Here’s more:
Scientists have recently discovered that “Dark Energy” and “Dark Matter,” which cannot be seen or explained apart from the existence of God, make up 95 percent of everything that exists.
Aha — God explains dark energy and dark matter. We didn’t know that either. This is a great letter! Moving along:
The greatest power you can experience for solving personal problems is not human energy or effort, but divine energy flowing from a loving creator. Tapping into that energy requires only that you honestly seek God, and ask Him to help you.
That’s good to know. Another excerpt:
Third, life itself is providing increasing evidence for the existence of God. Abiogenesis (life springing from non-living things) has been widely supported for more than a century as proof for atheistic evolution.
That’s something else we didn’t know. This is amazing! On with the letter:
However, DNA and RNA molecules are so complex that no scientist has yet produced living and reproducing cells, which are the basic requirement for any human existence. [Quote from Jerry Bergman about “complexity that cannot be bridged by any known natural means.”] Life coming only from life points directly to a life giver.
We’ll skip the inspirational paragraph at the end, but we know you’ll want to click over there to read it. And so we leave the rev’s letter, with our understanding of things greatly enriched. Was it good for you too?
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