Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Register-Herald of Beckley, West Virginia — proudly known as “The Gateway to Southern West Virginia.” The letter is titled God, not science, shall bring perfect world. The newspaper has a comments section.
Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Obe. Is that one syllable or two? If two, is he a character from Star Wars — Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi? It doesn’t matter. Excerpts from Obe’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Lonnie Bailey needs to expand his horizons and produce science fiction literature! However I do have a question.
This is the second time we’ve written about a letter responding to Lonnie Bailey. The first was Creationist Wisdom #504: Absolutely Invincible, which has a link to Bailey’s article. Okay, here’s Obe’s question:
Looking at the worldwide picture, has science produced a better world? It seems that mankind has a propensity to take that which was intended for good and use it for evil. Consequently our world has become a dangerous and terrifying place for many. There is a serious problem that science cannot fix.
That, dear reader, may be the most profound question we’ve ever encountered. Obe is right, you know. Science is the cause of all our problems. A spear was good for hunting animals for food, but it was also used in warfare. And so it has been for everything humans have ever invented. This looks like a great letter! Obe then says:
A wise man stated, “the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.” The wisest man stated, “For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immortality [hee hee!], theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.” One of His prophets said, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
Verily, the Force is strong in this letter. Let’s read on:
Division, antagonism, hatred are worldwide maladies, even within science.
Yes — science is riddled with hatred! Obe continues:
Is there any hope for a better world? Indeed there is!
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh — there is hope! [*End Drool Mode*] Here’s more:
But my hope is not based on the efforts of man. It is based on the promises of God who cannot lie as they are found in the Holy Scriptures of the Bible.
What is that promise? Obe tells us:
I yearn for a perfect world, but it will not be found on this earth in its present form. God has promised that this present earth and the heavens will be destroyed by fire. But God has also promised a new heaven and a new earth where the righteous shall live. The old order will pass away and God will make everything new.
Obe yearns for the destruction of the universe! He then quotes some scripture, and ends by stating:
This present world is but a very obscure glimpse of the glorious perfect world that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will create for the born-again children. I can’t wait, but I do, sharing with you the sure hope of a perfect world that God, not science, shall bring to pass.
Obe can’t wait for the end! What a splendid way to conclude his letter.
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