Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s a column, really) appears in the Post-Crescent of Appleton, Wisconsin. It’s titled If believing in God is kooky, count me in, 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 John Brandt, but his church isn’t mentioned. At the end of the column we’re told only: “Pastor John Brandt is a resident of New London.” We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
The rev begins by mentioning an earlier article in that paper by Patrick Durkin: How can lawmakers ignore CWD threat? “CWD” is chronic wasting disease. Durkin criticizes his state’s legislature for something they’ve done, but that’s not relevant here. The rev says:
Addressing the subject of Chronic Wasting Disease, Mr. Durkin stated that he hoped the representative from Kewaskum was our “lone lawmaker so detached from science, fossil records, human history and reality itself to believe the Earth is 6,000 years old.” He went on, “believe such malarkey … Surely, they are not that kooky.”
Aha — Durkin said the legislator was a drooling creationist. The rev is deeply offended. He says:
Know that such statements apply to all Bible-believing Christians. We are “kooky.” Hooray! … Now, I am not interested in a debate about the age of the earth. However, Mr. Durkin must think that his information is superior. I’ll let you decide.
Okay, rev, we’ll decide Please present us with your information. The rev obliges, and tells us:
I have written evidence, and he has theoretical evidence, all of which is only assumption. It all depends on what you are willing to believe. Consider that only documented evidence counts.
We didn’t know that “only documented evidence counts.” There is much to ponder here. The rev helps us:
The only written document with such information is the Bible. We Bible-believers have written proof of what we believe and teach. The Bible has no less than Jesus’ witness, “In six days God created the heavens and the earth.”
Impressive! The rev continues:
I know what Mr. Durkin is likely to say. I’m quite sure that those answers will be the same as those given by the unbelievers of the world of science, scholasticism and human assumption already for centuries. But without empirical evidence, science must “create” time, with no beginning, just an accident. And in the process, imagine a beginning, like, “Wow! That was a big bang!” God put it this way, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Well, dear reader — that neatly disposes of the big bang theory. Let’s read on:
All the information we need is in the Bible, but not the details. … “Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Listening to God’s Word with an open heart opens the way to saving faith. Reading it with preconceived notions prevents faith. What God is simply saying is, “This is the truth. Believe and be saved.”
That makes sense. Another excerpt:
By the way, the Bible does reveal many ages of early humans in the Bible, (Genesis 6). Work the numbers and you will come up with around 6,000 years total. Those numbers are as true as all the other words God reveals in the Bible.
No doubt about it. And now we come to the end:
I can only pray that everyone, including Mr. Durkin, might one day be blessed to say, “God said it; I believe it; and that’s all there is to it.” May God bless you, Mr. Durkin, and us all.
Verily, those are words to live by. Great letter, Rev!
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