Creationist Wisdom #713: Don’t Be Gullible

Today’s second letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Journal of Park Hills, Missouri. It’s titled Nobody intends to be gullible, and the newspaper has a comments section.

Because the letter-writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Actually, we’re not even told her full name. Her first name is Jennie, described at the end as “a long-time resident of Fredericktown, an eclectic gatherer of stories, information, and experiences to share with whoever would like to read them.” Isn’t that sweet? We’ll give you some excerpts from her letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Nobody intends to be “gullible,” but sometimes we are eased right into it, by our very own beliefs. We tend to trust that all doctors, ministers, police, scientists, etc., etc. are trust-worthy and on our side; that they are concerned with our welfare and standing by to help us. Not so. Some are one hundred percent trustworthy, and some are lacking.

We can’t argue with that. What’s the point? We’re told:

I can think of lots of examples to take onto the stump with me, but I’ll hold it down to two for this time: that will be medical records and evolution.

That’s a strange pairing. We’ll skip whatever it is that Jennie has to say about medical records. Let’s get to the evolution. She says:

The other thing I want to mention, is the audacity that some people show, to think they know more and better than the Almighty Creator and Savior of all.

Yes — some people are really outrageous about that. Jennie continues:

The rub is that people believe them because they claim “science” is behind them in this lie. Many who buy into the theory of evolution do not bother to read the Bible and see what God’s explanation really is.

The fools! Here’s more:

Some read it and discard the Holy Word, to put their stock in a theory began maybe 200 years ago devised by Charles Darwin.

Darwin published Origin of Species in 1859. Well, that’s almost 200 years ago. Moving along:

Others ignore it, thinking it doesn’t matter which way you believe. However this is very wrong. If this belief doesn’t mean to discredit God, why else would Satan be pushing it so hard?

Good question! Another excerpt:

Of course it matters when you essentially say that God doesn’t know what really happened in the beginning and that He was not the Creator, as He said he was.

Yeah! God said He’s the Creator. What more do you want? On with the letter:

Satan hopes that people will decide if they can’t trust God on that subject, how can they trust Him for anything else; salvation from their sins, help throughout their lives, deliverance from evil that is beyond mortal man?

You gotta be an idiot to trust Satan! And now we come to the end:

Oh yes, it matters. Souls are at stake. This is the reason we need to be concerned and to do whatever we can to stand up for God and His Word.

There you are, dear reader. Do you trust God, or Satan? It’s a big decision. Thanks for the letter, Jennie!

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19 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #713: Don’t Be Gullible

  1. Do you trust God, or Satan?

    Not sure, but I certainly wouldn’t trust Jennie.

  2. If Jennie were to actually read her bible she would find that both her god and her satan say bad things about each other. However, it was her god that decided to flood the entire planet and kill everything that wasn’t aboard the big floating single windowed box (an ark is a chest or box), not her satan.

  3. michaelfugate

    If this belief doesn’t mean to discredit God, why else would Satan be pushing it so hard?

    Classic.

  4. Good old Park Hills, Mo. Typical of the rural islands of faith. With a population of 9000+ they have 20 churches to serve up this anti-evolution spiel.

    And satan? Wasn’t he part of the christian’s polytheism of gods? Heck, I bet Jennie eats an apple a day to keep satan away.

  5. Jennie: “Oh yes, it matters. Souls are at stake.”

    And back in the Good Old Days when the Bible was taken just as seriously as Jennie thinks it should be, heretics were at the stake. They were tied to it and burnt.

  6. Jennie was born in the wrong era. She would have fit right in as an itinerant nineteenth century evangelist making her living shucking bucks off the gullible rural rubes. I’m surprised she isn’t giving David Rives a run for his money.

  7. Gullible? Nah, I just gave up on the bronze age fairy tales for Lent and try to structure my belief system on something a little more contemporary.

    And really if we didn’t indoctrinate our children with this nonsense who in their right minds would believe any of it?

  8. Well, Jennie, it may surprise you to know that reading the bible (KJV) end to end when I was in high school made me an atheist. It wasn’t until I was in college that I learned that “biblical archaeology” showed that most of the stories in it were made up. And it wasn’t until I was in graduate school that I learned the evidence that convinced me that evolution happens. And by the way, the idea that gods are imaginary pretty much applies to Satan and probably leprechauns, too.

  9. Only two comments on the original, but the second is wonderful:

    “”Nobody intends to be ‘gullible’…”

    …and the S.S. Irony weighs anchor and disappears over the horizon.”””

  10. abeastwood:
    “And by the way, the idea that gods are imaginary pretty much applies to Satan and probably leprechauns, too.”

    But not the Tooth Fairy. She’s (he’s?) real. I know. I found money under my pillow the next morning every time I put a tooth there the night before.

  11. The rub is that people believe them because they claim “science” is behind them in this lie. Many who buy into the theory of evolution do not bother to read the Bible and see what God’s explanation really is.

    Boy, some people really are beaten hard with the stupid stick.

    The Bible wasn’t written by God. Genesis wasn’t written by God but rather by a self-exiled Egyptian prince who may or may not have come of Jewish parents. (If Moses was found abandoned as an infant, how was he able, decades later, to find his mother on the basis of a piece of fabric?) So how can anything in it be known for sure to be “God’s explanation” of anything?

  12. Evidently Jennie talks to Satan on a regular basis. How else would she know what he has been up to, and how would she know he was so cool with science?

  13. Jennie’s letter is yet another fine data point illustrating that the true ‘controversy’ at the heart of the ‘Culture Wars’ isn’t a fight of Science vs. Religion, but of Sanity vs. Superstition.

  14. Got it. When I trust scientists I’m gullible. When I trust some ignorants who claimed to be inspired by a god I’m not gullible.

  15. I wonder if Jennie is an admirer of the neoconservatives.

    I was just reading a little about neoconservative thought, having received the following link through a news aggregation email:
    http://deism.com/neoconsbible.htm

    Skipping over the political stuff, we find the following sentence concerning the thoughts of Leo Strauss, a favorite scholar among neocons: “Believing that progress is bad because it moves beyond early superstitions and myth, such as the Bible, Strauss taught an unnatural reverence for the past ….”

    Progress is bad? Maybe that thought is at the root of why people believe the way Jennie does.

    IMHO the inescapable truth is that the sum of human knowledge has never been greater than it is today. My faith is that a year from now we will have greater knowledge about all things in the universe than we have today. Greater knowledge leads to progress on many fronts — technology, neuroscience, astrophysics, etc. But I suspect that Jennie, the folks at ICR, Pat Robertson, Ken Ham and others of their ilk are opposed to this notion of progress. This is ironic, given that technology such as satellite television has helped folks like Robertson spread their beliefs.

  16. Eric Lipps: (If Moses was found abandoned as an infant, how was he able, decades later, to find his mother on the basis of a piece of fabric?)

    Why, cold case forensics of course.

  17. I’ve given it some thought, but this God seems to have killed nearly all of his citizens, and to have commanded, committed or condoned several cases of genocide and other crimes against humanity. Also, he has a clearly stated intention of destroying the entire world and throwing everyone who opposed him in a “lake of fire” for eternity.

    I am not aware of Mr Satan having committed, or planned, any such atrocities. So for the next elections, I’m afraid my vote would have to go to the Dark Lord.

  18. to Abeastwood: and probably leprechauns, too.

    Now there laddie, don;t you be thinkin the little people are not real. Steal your gold and your pint as quick as a blink. Mind your manners.