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 John. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I firmly believe that, when fully understood, the biblical view of creation is not in conflict with science.
Wow! We’re off to a good start. Then he says:
Rather, it is in conflict with any worldview that starts without a creator. [Hee hee!] With that clarification in mind, I attempt to trace my origin through two creation stories.
John tells us the two creation stories. Science first:
The secular view, which leaves God out of the process, reveals that I am the descendant of a tiny cell of primordial protoplasm — the arbitrary product of time, chance and natural forces. … I exist on a tiny planet in a minor solar system in an empty corner of a meaningless universe. I have no intrinsic value beyond my body, and at death I will cease to exist.
That’s a horrible story! And it gets worse:
Therefore, I conclude that I came from essentially nothing and I am going nowhere. But, if I am only a dash between the womb and the tomb and I don’t know why, then I must ask if there is any real purpose for my life either now or in the future?
Boo hoo! We don’t like that one. What else does John have for us? Let’s read on:
In contrast, the Christian story offers me tremendous hope. I discover that I am not the result of some cosmic accident but the special creation of a good and all powerful God — His crown of creation. I am created in His image, with capacities to think, love, worship and make moral choices that set me above all other life forms.
Ooooooooooooh! That’s nice! John continues:
My creator loves me and gave His son to pay the supreme sacrifice for my salvation. I am completely unworthy and undeserving of such love. My salvation is entirely by grace through faith and not of myself.
That’s wonderful! Skipping over the tale of a skeptic who changed his mind, John says:
Best of all, the fact that Christ died for each one of us and wants to live within us by His spirit in a meaningful relationship makes us incredibly valuable. And when we are willing to accept His gift of salvation, through repentance and faith, we can become children of God and spend eternity with Him.
That’s a story with a happy ending! And this is the happy ending of John’s letter:
Now, I invite my readers to decide whether it matters which of these two stories is true.
Isn’t this great? We get to choose which story we like. Just make a wish and it will come true. And there’s no conflict with science!
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