Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Lake County Examiner of Lakeview, Oregon. It’s titled A 17th Letter to America — presumably because the letter-writer is so prolific. It’s the first of several letters at that link, and the others have more conventional titles. The newspaper has a comments feature — with no comments so far.
Because today’s 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 Manuel. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Two separate events shows how unbelieving of God’s Word, Mankind has become. Both used the-time-figure 165 million years.
Wowie — two separate events, both using 165 million years? That’s amazing! Manuel says:
The first showed NASA’s gold plated satellite dish that supposedly will go into space and be able to go back some 165 million years into the evolution of the universe. At least, that’s “Man’s” foolish goal!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’re not certain what he’s referring to, but it’s probably an orbiting telescope that’s going to look at stuff 165 million light years away. Manuel is outraged! After that he tells us:
The second was a newspaper announcement of a coming circus event “where you can experience firsthand the giants of today’s world” (elephants) “and enormous creatures from the past” (dinosaurs). That supposedly takes you back 165 million years to the Mesozoic Era, when they say dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Manuel explains why that too is an outrage:
Problem with that Mesozoic Era time period, and others, is that a human being assigned each layer of rock the time they were formed, and completely ignored the Creator who was there and formed it. God, the Creator, spoke it into being, out of invisible particles, called atoms, and held together by His Word.
It’s easy to understand why Manuel was motivated to write his letter. He continues:
According to “The Word of God,” time started only a few thousand years ago. God declared the first earthly day after He lit up the Sun, creating night and day, because of the earth’s 24-hour rotation. God invented time.
[*Groan*] According to Genesis, the Sun was created on the fourth day. Let’s read on:
At that time Earth was uninhabitable, fully covered by water, and THERE WAS NO LIFE!
What’s he shouting for? Oh, according to Genesis, dry land, grass, and fruit trees had already been made on the third day. Another excerpt:
On the subsequent five days [Huh?] God caused land to rise, creating dry land, created all forms of vegetation, trees, and other things to sustain life. From the dust of the earth He formed all animals and Man and gave them life, including the infamous dinosaurs (probably the behemoth referred to by God in Job 40:15-19).
You’re all wondering: Where is Manuel going with his peculiar version of Genesis? That’s explained — sort of — in his final paragraph:
God made Dinosaurs and Man on the 6th day of creation. Now Man questions the existence of God, with “words without knowledge” (Job 38:2). The truth is in God’s Word, not Man.
So there you are. NASA is wrong, geology is wrong, biology is wrong, and Manuel is right. What a letter!
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