Creationist Wisdom #731: Science & the Devil

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Woodburn Independent of Woodburn, Oregon. It’s titled Naturalism and humanism: dead-end philosophies, and the newspaper has a comments section.

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 preacher — Will Robertson , senior pastor of Soul’s Harbor Church of the Nazarene in Woodburn, which has no website. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s letter (it’s actually a column), enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:

The enemy of our souls is subtle and crafty. He has always been that way (Genesis 3:1), and he will be until he is finally taken away at the end of all things. He will never use a direct assault against one of God’s children, because that is too easy for them to see through. Instead, he will use trickery, deceit and flawed logic that seems reasonable, at least at first glance.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] You know who “the enemy” is, dear reader, so pay close attention. The rev says:

One of the greatest traps for Christians today is a humanistic, naturalistic worldview. This worldview philosophy rejects the supernatural in favor of the material. It rejects the miraculous in favor of science, things which can be directly observed, repeated, tested (which miracles and other things dealing with the spiritual realm cannot).

So true! Then he tells us:

But the biggest weapon used by those who are pushing this worldview is not science, but personal attacks and shaming. They call those who believe what God has written in his word unsophisticated, unscientific, primitive and ignorant.

Yes! Those devilish science people always do that. The rev continues:

But the fact is, the ones who refuse to believe that God exists, who believe that the material world is all that there is, and that purely natural processes happening at today’s rates are capable of bringing into existence all that exists, are truly the unscientific ones.

Aha — it’s those science people who are unscientific! Isn’t this wonderful? Let’s read on:

The first true scientists, people like Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton, just to name two, believed that God created everything, just as he says in Genesis 1 and 2. They also knew that God is a God of order, so they believed that they would be able to discover the laws that he set in place to keep everything orderly. And they did discover many of them, and used those same laws to advance their discoveries and to invent new things.

Right — the solar system is what Galileo got out of the bible, and that’s also true for Newton’s laws of motion. Another excerpt:

But the current naturalistic philosophy, genuinely a hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ, discards all of that. It ignores even the scientific laws that were discovered and validated centuries ago (and are still accepted in every other area of science), such as the need for a cause that is sufficient for the observed effect, the fact that life can only come from life [Hee hee!], and the clearly observed fact that all things reproduce according to their own kinds [dogs don’t give birth to cats].

Verily, today’s scientists are godless fools! Here’s more

God is the only cause great enough to call into existence a universe as complex and finely tuned as the one we live in. He is the life that is the only source of all living things. And he is the one who created all of the various kinds with vast diversity built into their genetic structures, so that they were able to reproduce and fill the earth with all of the varied forms of life that we see today.

It’s so obvious! And now we come to the end:

It is vital that we as God’s people do not allow ourselves to be taken captive to naturalistic and humanistic philosophies. They are not only inadequate in providing the answers that mankind needs and hungers for, but they are dead-end philosophies that offer no hope for the future, and no path to eternal life.

We’ve never seen a better letter. It’s a model for others to follow, and a great addition to our collection.

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11 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #731: Science & the Devil

  1. Rev. Will Robertson (bold added):
    “This worldview philosophy rejects the supernatural in favor of the material. It rejects the miraculous in favor of science, things which can be directly observed, repeated, tested…”

    He may as well be saying “It rejects Voodoo in favor of medicine.”

  2. Christians ever since Paul have sent their message by material means, ink on papyrus or computer-based electronics.

  3. Eddie Janssen

    “It rejects the miraculous in favor of science,…”
    If the computer is not the product of materialistic science, am I to accept that its development is a miracle?

  4. “He will never use a direct assault against one of God’s children… Instead, he will use trickery, deceit and flawed logic that seems reasonable… [and] One of the greatest traps for Christians today is a humanistic, naturalistic worldview.”

    So this preacher’s omnipotent deity stoops to playing subtle games to test people? Are slithery serpents next? Are these simply quizzes, mid-term exams, or finals? The preacher has a rather naive view of his deity, but simply shows all the more reason to reject this nonsense altogether as simple quackery.

  5. michaelfugate

    If science and humanism arose within Christian culture, then why are both at odds with the rev’s Christianity? Has the rev ever considered he might be the one who is wrong?

  6. He will never use a direct assault against one of God’s children,.” How strange. Christians have never shrank from assaulting other religions by force. Charlemagne ordered the Germans to convert to Christianity on pain of death, and we all know what the Spanish did in the New World. So noble Christians can kill for Christ, but the devil, who is supposed to be evil incarnate, only uses persuasion? Has someone got their morality/worldview all backwards?

  7. Dave Luckett

    The Rev says: “The enemy of our souls is subtle and crafty. He has always been that way (Genesis 3:1)”

    I’m late, as usual, and not scientific, but I think it’s worth observing that the Rev is adding to scripture, as his tribe almost always does. The Rev wants Genesis to refer to Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, the Great Adversary – so he simply says it does.

    But Genesis says nothing about enemies of our souls, nothing whatsoever about the Christian concept of the Devil, which is a much later invention. It simply says that the serpent was the most cunning and subtle of God’s creatures. The Hebrew derives from “gleaming” or “shining”, which is what snakes look like. That this is simply an anthropomorphised snake can’t be doubted: later God curses it to go on its belly and eat dust, so it isn’t a fallen angel or a demon. It’s a snake, an appropriate figure because in Hebrew folklore snakes were taken to be insinuating, sliding through tiny openings, cunning in concealment.

    So the story is a fable, just like the fable of the fox and the grapes.

    What always gets me about these idiots is that they are typically as incompetent at reading what the text says as they are at understanding science. I suppose saying so comes under the heading of “personal attacks and shaming”. Well,shame on you, Rev. Where did you learn your Bible exegesis, off the back of a box of crackers?

  8. More personal god nonsense. Frankly I sooner believe in the tooth fairy, at least i used to get a buck under my pillow for my efforts.

  9. @Bert Younger: You must really be younger — or from a rich family. I only got a dime per tooth, but that was back in the day, before all this gull-derned inflation. Full-size candy bars were a nickel, gasoline was 26.9 cents per gallon, and a gallon of milk was 73 cents — plus a nickel deposit for the glass bottle. Oh — and you could buy a brand new, shiny full-sized car (the only size they made) for less than $1,500. Of course, if you had a decent job requiring a college degree you would have been making about $5,000 per year. But a buck under your pillow? Lucky guy!

  10. One of the greatest traps for Christians today is a humanistic, naturalistic worldview. This worldview philosophy rejects the supernatural in favor of the material. It rejects the miraculous in favor of science, things which can be directly observed, repeated, tested (which miracles and other things dealing with the spiritual realm cannot).

    And here I thought one of the major arguments of creationists is that evolution can’t be “directly observed and tested. Silly me.