Today we’re bringing you two letters-to-the-editor. The first appears in the Kansas City Star with this headline: Billy Graham: Even scientists know there is only so much they can answer.
That’s right, it’s Billy Graham, the most famous evangelist in the US, and maybe the world, born in 1918 and still going strong. We’ll give you some excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
His letter is a reply to this question:
Why do we need religion today? I think science is able to explain most of the mysteries that religion used to deal with. I don’t mean to offend you, but I think religion is outdated.
Of course Graham has a response. We’ll let you judge its merit. He says:
During my lifetime I’ve been privileged to know a number of men and women who were distinguished scientists — many of whom had a strong faith in God and were committed followers of Jesus Christ. Instead of seeing faith in God as something out of date and irrelevant, they saw it as something vital and important.
Why is this? As I talked with them, they said they had been influenced especially by three truths. First, they realized that science is limited, and can never answer some of life’s most basic questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? How should I behave? Where am I going when I die? Only God can answer those questions — and he has, by giving us his word, the Bible.
Although creationists don’t like the answer, science does tell us where we come from; but Graham is correct — science doesn’t deal with the other questions. Let’s read on:
More than that, they had been influenced through their study of the world around us. It takes far more faith (one of them told me) to claim the world just happened by chance than to believe God created it. The creation points to its Creator!
Creationists all say that. The rest of Graham’s response is about being saved from your sins, so this is where we’ll leave it.
Our second letter-to-the-editor came to us in a tip from one of our clandestine operatives, “Blue Grass.” It appears in the Lexington Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky. The title is NASA could have saved taxpayers’ money by just checking the Bible.
Because the 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 Marvin. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with some bold font for emphasis, but it’s very short and there’s no need for any Curmudgeonly commentary. Here we go!
A June 17 Associated Press article reported on a NASA spacecraft bound for Jupiter to “study how the largest planet in the solar system was formed and evolved.”
My King James Bible, which all born-again Christians should be using, tells me in John 1:3 that “all things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made.”
This is the rest of it:
What a waste of taxpayers’ money.
The newspaper has a comments feature, and even though it’s published in Kentucky, the commenters all think Marvin is an idiot. It’s encouraging to learn that although there’s no limit to what a drooling creationist might say, there really is a limit to what the surrounding population will accept.
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