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 this time we’ve got a preacher — Rev. Barret Vanlandingham of the Fort Gibson Church of Christ. If his name seems familiar, it’s because we’ve written about two of his letters in the past — most recently #425: The Missing Link, and before that #400: Preacher with Proof. Excerpts from the rev’s new letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
If someone asked you why you go to church, or why you believe in God, would you have a good answer? For me, I am continually sculpting my answers to these kinds of questions, not so much in the area of Bible doctrine, but in areas of evidence and logic that help me give answers that maybe someone hasn’t thought about.
The rev is going to use evidence and logic to help you out, dear reader. Isn’t that wonderful? He says:
My campus minister friend (who also happens to be a math teacher) brought up a very good point. If he waded through a creek, tipped over a rock, and found a Rolex watch with its tiny intricate 220 parts all still intact or not, most people would agree the watch, at some point, had been manufactured. In other words, the watch did not just appear there over billions of years because the stream needed it to appear or manufacture itself from elements found in the creek bed. Most rational thinking people would say the watch obviously had a designer.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That was the first time the rev ever heard of William Paley’s long-discredited watchmaker analogy. Let’s read on:
Oddly enough, the human body has thousands of living parts of varying sizes from the cell on up, all working perfectly to keep our bodies going, and yet, many people think the human body is just an accident that formed over billions of years, without God’s help. No Designer. Wow! You talk about a belief system that requires a lot of faith! That would be one. It makes no sense, but that’s exactly where a lot of people stand.
People are such fools! The rev continues:
As for evolution, not even one piece of evidence has ever been discovered showing that one kind of animal has ever turned into another.
I even have a few Christian friends who believe that God created the process of evolution in order to create us. That doesn’t work either, since so many of the tiny parts of our bodies such as protein, DNA, and cell’s energy producer known as ATP had to be in existence, fully formed at the same time, in order for each to play crucial roles in the manufacture of the other.
Yup — all the parts had to already exist, fully formed, or we wouldn’t be here. Moving along:
Similarly, the human eye, the cell’s locomotion device known as flagellum, and blood clotting are also examples of things that could not have come about through evolution since in order for them to work at all, the entire unit or process had to have existed in full form at the start, not evolved.
Wow — the rev’s got a lot of evidence — all of it from Discoveroid Michael Behe. Another excerpt:
For me, the fact that the Bible has proven to be the most accurate and oldest history book is a really good tool to add to my faith box.
The bible is the world’s oldest history book? How very strange. Wikipedia has an article on Recorded history which says:
The earliest chronologies date back to the two earliest civilizations: the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia and the Early Dynastic Period of Egypt which emerged independently of each other from roughly 3500 B.C.
Jeepers — that’s long before Genesis was written. The rev ought to contact Wikipedia so their article can be corrected. On with his letter:
Also, the Bible has been very helpful in discoveries related to all areas of science.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, it’s used all the time in science labs. And now we come to the end:
Also, the Bible has never been proven wrong, on anything. Yes, it still takes faith to believe in God. But one day, faith and hope will not be necessary. Only love will remain, forever.
Have a blessed week!
Great letter, rev. Thank you.
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