Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s a column, really) appears in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, published three times a week in Wasilla, Alaska — of which Sarah Palin was mayor before her election as Governor of Alaska. It’s titled God has spoken through the Bible, and the newspaper has a comments feature.
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. It’s Ethan Hansen, pastor of the Faith Bible Fellowship in Big Lake, Alaska. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis.
But first, we call your attention to the rev’s photograph which appears above his column at the newspaper’s website. You gotta click over there to see it! Were it not for our caution about possible copyright violations, we would have copied it and placed it above this post. We think the rev’s photo should be the universal symbol of creationism. Okay, here we go:
Romans chapter 1 says that we can look at the world around us and know that God exists and that he is very, very powerful. In my backyard are chickens, ducks, swans, sandhill cranes and moose. All of this points to the glory of God. If there is a painting, there must be a painter. If there is a building, there must be a builder. If there is a creation, there must be a creator.
Very persuasive! Then he says:
If God exists (and he does), has he spoken? Yes! God has spoken to you and me through the Bible. Unfortunately, there are many wrong attitudes toward the Bible. One wrong attitude toward the Bible is rationalism. Rationalism says that the mind is supreme. People say, “I think” or, “The Bible doesn’t make sense to me.” Extreme Rationalism is atheism or agnosticism. God’s Word is supreme.
Yeah — phooey on rationalism! After that the rev tells us:
Another wrong attitude is mysticism. Mysticism says that experience is supreme. Mysticism claims that experience is the final authority. A mystic says, “If it fits my experience, it is correct and valid but if it doesn’t fit my experience, it is invalid.” No. The Bible is the final authority and all our experiences must be judged by Scripture. Experience is not the final authority for determining what is true and what is false.
Right — phooey on experience! The rev continues:
The right attitude is the orthodox attitude. The Bible alone is the final authority and must be obeyed. Why do we believe the Bible? We believe the Bible based upon evidence. There is both internal and external evidence that the Bible is supernatural. The internal evidence is that the Bible claims to be inspired by God. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God….” Inspired means “God breathed.” Scripture is the product of the breath of God. He is the source of the very words themselves.
This is thrilling! Let’s read on:
We also believe the Bible because of external evidence. God used forty different authors over sixteen hundred years in three different languages in six different parts of the world to write the Bible and yet there are no errors and no contradictions. Take any other subject, such as science, and choose forty authors who wrote over sixteen hundred years. Would there be any real unity? Of course not!
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] No errors and no contradictions! Here’s one more excerpt from the end:
Read the Bible, obey the Bible and watch the power of God flow through your life!
So there you are, dear reader. Now go back to the newspaper’s website and take another look at the rev’s photo. It will inspire you even more than his words.
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