Today’s letter-to-the-editor — the first one of the new year — brings us back to the Medicine Hat News of Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada. According to Wikipedia, the city name is from the eagle tail feather headdress worn by Blackfoot medicine men. The letter is titled Obeying the Gospel is life changing, 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 Canon Ivor Ottrey, presumably of the St. Barnabas Anglican Church. We previously wrote about two of his letters in that same newspaper — see #824: Facts Disprove Evolution, and before that Creationist Wisdom #818: Scientific Proof. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s new letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
He begins by referring to an earlier letter in that newspaper with which he disagrees — see Science doesn’t align itself with religion — and he declares:
Science is the discovery of what God has created! Could they [science and religion] be any closer aligned?
Then he addresses a point made in the earlier letter:
As you say science can be self-testing but so can the Bible, the inspired Word of God.
Wowie — the bible can be tested! The rev tells us how to do it:
Check out the hundreds of prophecies literally fulfilled; for example, Isaiah’s prophecy of a virgin who would conceive and give birth and call Him Emmanuel. See that the Bible is historically true and has given us the highest moral code in the 10 Commandments which Jesus summarized “Love God with all your being and your neighbor as yourself.”
Fantastic — the bible checks out perfectly! The rev continues:
Further I know when we obey the Gospel we experience forgiveness, peace and joy … it is life changing!
Verily, none can deny it. Then the rev addresses another issue from the earlier letter, which we’ll quote here for context:
Since we all, according to your book, descended from Adam and Eve, but since that didn’t work out the way your god wanted it to (all knowing? really, didn’t see that coming? Couldn’t find a better solution than mass murder on an epic scale?) so he murdered everyone except for Noah and his family.
Here’s the rev’s response:
Re: Did God not know how creation would work out? Yes. He did not create us as robots but people with free will to love Him or reject Him. Love must be free to choose. From the beginning God had prepared a way for our complete forgiveness through the birth, life and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. This forgiveness is available to all who will receive it.
That was great — problem solved! But the rev’s not done yet. He responds to one more point made in that earlier letter:
Finally, the differences in various people groups of colour and size are the results of the wonderful variety that God put in our DNA in which there is no junk as was declared by scientists re: the parts of DNA they could not understand.
No junk DNA! Isn’t that wonderful? And now we come to the end:
Please note that with the differences, all people are of the same human kind; there is no evolution from one kind to another just as God declared in the beginning.
Fantastic letter! Way to go, rev!
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