Creationist Wisdom #685: Awesome

This is the only thing we could find out there, dear reader — at least so far. Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Times Record News of Wichita Falls, Texas. It’s titled My God is an awesome god, and the newspaper has a comments section.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We found a man with his name in his city who owns an auto salvage business, but that doesn’t qualify for full name treatment, so we’ll use only his first name, which is Jim. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Since prayer was banned from public schools in the ’70’s, God’s status in the eyes of the younger generations has diminished perceptibly. God has apparently been reduced to the status of a Wizard of Oz by today’s generation. The current generation doesn’t respect or revere God as we senior citizens did when we were taught as children.

Jim longs for the good old days. He says:

My God created the universe, including Earth, people and animals. He created the seas, the atmosphere, gravity, and the perfect orbits of all the planets revolving around the sun.

Wowie — Jim’s god created people and animals! Let’s read on:

The earth is the same distance from the sun as always, the Earth revolves at exactly the same speed, every day, perpetually.

That’s odd. According to Wikipedia, Earth’s rotation “is slowing slightly with time; thus, a day was shorter in the past. This is due to the tidal effects the Moon has on Earth’s rotation. Atomic clocks show that a modern day is longer by about 1.7 milliseconds than a century ago.” Anyway, Jim says:

Is this all a great coincidence? No, it’s called Creation, not evolution.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Evolution is wrong about the Earth’s motion. Darwin must have been an idiot! Jim explains:

Science, based entirely on theory, has offered an alternate option to accepting creation. Why? To diminish our perception of God.

Gasp! Science is “based entirely on theory.” That means it’s worthless! Here’s more:

My GOD is so powerful, He can extinguish an atomic bomb in the palm of His hand, like squashing a fly.

Powerful hands indeed! Moving along:

The world’s most intelligent man, Stephen Hawking, has declared, there is no GOD. That statement is akin to the world’s smartest ant telling me there are no humans.

Hawking is a fool! Another excerpt:

We are like small children compared to God. We cannot fathom His power, His holiness, or His righteousness.

Jim is right. We can’t fathom it. And now we come to the end:

Read and study a Christian Bible, and then have a conversation with GOD. He is truly awesome.

That’s good advice. Go ahead, dear reader. Have that conversation. Then you’ll agree with Jim.

Copyright © 2016. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.

add to del.icio.usAdd to Blinkslistadd to furlDigg itadd to ma.gnoliaStumble It!add to simpyseed the vineTailRankpost to facebook

. AddThis Social Bookmark Button . Permalink for this article

13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #685: Awesome

  1. Re “My GOD is so powerful, He can extinguish an atomic bomb in the palm of His hand, like squashing a fly.” How about Him doing something useful, like killing off a couple of his nastier creations: smallpox and the Zika virus? Why does your god create such monstrosities. Isn’t getting eaten by lions and tigers and bears threat enough?

  2. “God has apparently been reduced to the status of a Wizard of Oz by today’s generation.”
    Definitely an exaggeration, Oz was even more powerful than Jim could ever imagine! But Jim does sound like the type of person who’d vote for Mary Lou!

  3. “My GOD is so powerful, He can extinguish an atomic bomb in the palm of His hand, like squashing a fly.”

    And the evidence for that claim is where? None of the bibles that I have read show any knowledge about even the most rudimentary and very visible astrophysics, let alone subatomic physics. Of course that is “his” god so it is completely irrelevant and can be totally ignored.

  4. michaelfugate

    According to Jim – if we just got rid of science and let God take control, we would be so much better off. Don’t worry, be happy.

  5. A lot of “He’s” in that letter and this god sounds more like a super hero or in other words an alpha male. Fairly primitive world view.

  6. “My GOD is so powerful, He can extinguish an atomic bomb in the palm of His hand, like squashing a fly.”

    Strange, the great deity could not squash the devastating tornadoes of 1964 and 1979 that hit Wichita Falls.

  7. At last a creationist has proposed an experiment to demonstrate one of his favorite sky fairy’s abilities: “My GOD is so powerful, He can extinguish an atomic bomb in the palm of His hand…” Of course, the experimental plan needs a bit more detail. Does he/she/it extinguish a nuclear explosion nanoseconds after it starts, or crush the bomb itself before the explosion. He/she/it also should be careful to keep the various radioisotopes released by the explosion or the crushing from wandering around. In any case, I eagerly await the results of this experiment, which, I am sure, Jimbo is arranging right now in a conversation with sky fairy.

  8. Eric Lipps

    Science, based entirely on theory, has offered an alternate option to accepting creation.

    This again. Creationists, it seems, just will not accept that “theory” is not a synonym for “wild guess.” And

    Why? To diminish our perception of God.

    of course it’s all a plot to undermine the faith of decent God-fearin’ Christian folk.

  9. paul collier

    The Curmudgeon: “Earth’s rotation is slowing slightly with time; thus, a day was shorter in the past. This is due to the tidal effects the Moon has on Earth’s rotation. Atomic clocks show that a modern day is longer by about 1.7 milliseconds than a century ago.”
    I’m afraid Jim is one up you, Cumudge. He wasn’t referring to the rotation of the earth, which is its axial spin; he was referring to its revolution–its
    path around the sun: “The earth is the same distance from the sun as always, the Earth revolves at exactly the same speed, every day, perpetually.”
    He was still wrong though. The earth is not continually at the same distance from the sun, since its path around the sun is an ellipse, not a circle. Nor is its speed constant: it speeds up closer to the sun.

  10. paul collier, I may have misunderstood the letter-writer. He said: “The earth is the same distance from the sun as always, the Earth revolves at exactly the same speed, every day, perpetually.” I knew he was talking about Earth revolving around the Sun, but when he said “every day” I assumed he also meant that Earth’s rotation on its axis never changed.

  11. We know that the various motions of the planets, their rotations, their revolutions, their orbits, their axes, are changing over various time periods. It is a complicated study to keep track of them even on a human time scale, as well as for thousands or millions of years. I would not be surprised that a layman would not distinguish the differences.
    I have heard a literalitst-heliocentrist attempt to explain away Biblical geocentrism by saying that the Earth is fixed in the sense that it has a fixed orbit. I don’t know whether this writer was influenced by that excuse. But the fact is that the Earth doesn’t have a fixed orbit. (See “Milankovitch cycles” or “VSOP (planets)” in Wikipedia.)

  12. I tried to have the conversation he suggested. Turned out to pretty one sided. And I get tired of hearing myself talk. So, not going to try that again.

  13. Yeah, that was pretty much my experience, many years ago when I went to church because my parents took me. Every time I tried to contact the sky fairy, there was radio silence. His/her/its receiver or transmitter definitely needs repair.