Today’s letter-to-the-editor is actually a column, but we’ll treat it like one of our letters. It appears at the website of Christian Today Australia of Sydney, Australia. The site describes itself a “the leading non-denominational Christian news website in the country,” and they don’t seem to have a comments section. The column is titled It was the chicken!
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 have an exception. The author is John Lemmon, who is said to be a Press Service International columnist who “spends his time teaching, preaching and writing about the word of God.” We’ll give you a few excerpts from his column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
I am retired from paid work, which does not mean I sit around all day doing nothing. Some days I wish I could! But one of the things retirement has allowed me to do is to ponder the great questions of this life. Questions like: Why am I here? What is the meaning of life? How come we only live for seventy or so years and no more? Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
It’s good to see that John has found something useful to do. Skipping a few paragraphs in which he muses about growing old, he says:
It occurred to me that the purpose of life and the reason God gave us these seventy or so years boils down to answering one simple question. We must make a decision as we answer the question that is the meaning of life in this world, for the answer to this question determines our future. The one question all mankind must answer in this lifetime is this. Are you with God or against Him?
Yup — that’s the big question! Let’s read on:
When it comes to this question you cannot be like Switzerland in the war. There is no neutral territory. There is no sitting on the fence. To do nothing and ignore the question is a decision in its own right. Neutrality is rejection. Neutrality says, “No. I am not with God.”
There’s no wiggle room, dear reader. John continues:
Now the value of answering this question makes many of the other great philosophical questions and debates simple to answer. Provided of course that your answer is that you are on the side of God and not standing against Him. When we stand with God, all the great philosophical questions disappear because we understand that things are the way they are because that is how God made them.
Yes — yes — that explains everything! Here’s more:
What happens to people happens because that is the will of God. Whether I live or die, am employed or unemployed, have anything or nothing comes down to what God’s will is for me. And so too that other great philosophical question, debated for many decades is easily answered and understood, including the one alluded to by the title of this article. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Egad — John has the answer to that age-old question! Well, what is it? Patience, dear reader. He’ll get to it. Moving along:
If you choose to reject God the answer is complex and confusing. It cannot be understood because in the absence of a divine Creator, there is no explanation for why things are the way they are.
So true! Another excerpt:
The theory of evolution, which by the way we must remember is still a “theory” because it has never been proven [Hee hee!], is plagued with contradictions in the natural world. Science has not been able to explain the simple facts of existence because they choose to ignore the one who brought all things into existence.
Scientists are fools! On with the John’s enlightening column:
Under it there is the constant seeking for the “missing link.” But they fail to understand that if life evolved as they claim, then there must be an infinite number of “missing links” as all life evolved from one form to another.
Gasp! All our lives we’ve been searching for the missing link, and it never occurred to any of us that there must be numerous transitional creatures. Then John hammers away at the point he just made:
Where is the reptile that is half bird? Where is the cow that is half rabbit? Where is the marsupial that is half frog? And of course the big one, where is the man that is half ape?
Wow — this is powerful stuff! And it’s not over yet:
However, when you choose to be on the side of God, the answer is plain and simple. All that exists was made by the will of God according to His definite and very, very detailed plan so that there would be perfect balance in the universe. Everything exists exactly as He planned it and there is nothing out of balance.
In our last excerpt, John answers the biggest question of all:
Indeed, the entire universe only makes sense when there is a Creator who made the things we see and feel around us. Without a Creator there is only chaos. And thus I can confidently say, with no doubt whatsoever in my mind, the answer to that great philosophical question as to which came first … it was the chicken!
So there you are, dear reader. John has the answers to everything. And now you do too.
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