Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website of The Chattanoogan, an online media outlet that concentrates on news from Chattanooga, Tennessee. They don’t have a comments feature. The headline is Lessons From A New Bathroom.
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’ve got a journalist. It’s Bob Tamasy, described as “a veteran journalist, former newspaper editor and magazine editor.” We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go!
It’s interesting what we can glean about eternal truth from everyday life circumstances. This came to mind recently while reading a newspaper columnist’s musings about building a new bathroom in his home.
You gotta admit, dear reader, that’s a unique beginning, and it’s certainly an attention grabber. Then he says:
This fellow explained about installing a subfloor, outlets and switches that actually worked, wiring, drywall and other elements required to make his bathroom functional and attractive. He ended his column with the observation, “I know what it took to get it to the shape it’s in now.” Imagine him proudly showing the new room to visiting guests.
Here’s where the journalist gets creative. Pay close attention:
They comment, “Wow! It looks great. Who built it?” and he replies, “You know, that’s the funny thing. No one built it. My wife and I always wanted a master bathroom, and then one day, voila, there it was! It just appeared.”
They might chuckle at first, but if they thought he was serious, they would either check him for a high fever, call 911, or slowly move toward the front door. Because we all know that something doesn’t come out of nothing. For every effect, there must be a cause.
Clever, huh? It’s a down-home way to explain that everything has a cause — even something as mundane as a bathroom. Now the journalist makes the point he was aiming at:
Yet there are many strident, stubborn proponents of the so-called Big Bang Theory, which asserts that one day (before there were days, or hours, or even minutes), an extraordinary event occurred for no reason, with no purpose, all on its own – bringing something out of absolutely nothing. No only that, but this “something” has turned out to be phenomenally orderly, generally functioning in very predictable ways that can be studied by various scientific disciplines. But, they claim, there was no first cause, no intelligent design, no meaning or purpose behind any of it. It just was, and is, and supposedly, always will be.
Those proponents of “the so-called Big Bang Theory” are obviously fools! Then he tells us:
I get it: If you reject God, if you refuse to believe or accept the idea of a divine Creator, you do have to come up with some alternative explanation. So the “Big Bang” seems to do the job, even though its original premise flies directly against everything we know and have observed, even though the eyes of science.
Yes, the Big Bang theory contradicts everything scientists see and know. Pay no attention to articles like this one from PhysOrg: What is the Big Bang Theory? The journalist knows better. He explains:
Our magnificent world, not to mention the entire universe, operates in wonderful harmony and amazing order. Even though the natural course of things – according to various theories and laws of physics – if left unmanaged, is to move toward disorder. (I could offer my desk as proof; I straighten it up, and seemingly within moments, it’s already turning back into a mess.)
Another brilliant, down-home example! Like the universe, the journalist’s desk tends to get messy. It’s all in accordance with the Second law of thermodynamics. After a few more cozy examples, like restaurants, automobiles, and leaves changing color in the fall, he announces:
[T]hese serve as reminders that the orderly creation we observe is the result of the exquisite mind of the Creator God, who informs us, “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD” [scripture reference].
And now we come to the thrilling end of the journalist’s letter:
If there was a Big Bang, and perhaps there was, it’s the one described in Genesis 1, when God spoke everything into being: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light…. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good …” [scripture reference]. If you need proof, you don’t need to look any farther than someone’s refurbished bathroom.
That was truly a unique letter. A wonderful addition to our collection.
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