Today we found three different letters-to-the-editor in three different newspapers. The first appears in the Tulsa World of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s titled Miracles, not science, can explain much, and the newspaper has a comments feature.
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 Gordon. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In trying to grasp how great God is, we try to pick a miracle that we can identify with. One of my favorites is gravity. There is no scientific explanation for gravity. Gravity is one mass being attracted to another mass (any mass), and does not fit any rules of science or chemistry.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then Gordon says:
Yet, gravity is the basis for a cohesive universe and for all forms of life. Each star is placed outside of the gravitational field of every other star to prevent the collapse of the universe, and the Earth is placed just the right distance from the sun to support human life. How great is that?
It’s great indeed! There’s just a little bit remaining in Gordon’s letter:
When we sing “How Great Is Our God” from our Baptist hymnal, we sing it in faith, without understanding any of the countless miracles that define how great God is.
For some reason, there’s an editor’s note at the end which says that Newton and Einstein explained gravity. That’s a bit of a spoiler, but it didn’t discourage some of the comments which agree with Gordon.
The letter-writer is Rev. Mike Ruffin, described as “a former county manager, including in Cabarrus County, and a minister.” Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I feel sorry for the Christian who does not believe everything the Bible says. Sadly, they sit right next to us on the pew sometimes, but we often don’t recognize them. … There are also Christians who think the Bible is full of scientific errors. Unbelievers have convinced some Christians that the Bible is a book of religion, not a book of science. Obviously, the Bible was not written to teach us about science, but to teach us about God. A former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the late Dr. Adrian Rogers, warned us to be careful about such views. “The God of salvation and the God of creation are the same. Science doesn’t take God by surprise,” he reminded us.
After that he tells us:
He was right. The ancients believed Atlas held up the earth. But today we know the earth is suspended in space, a fact that the Word of God records in Job 26:7. “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.” Isn’t it interesting that God revealed facts about the universe long before man had the capacity to understand it?
We’ve discussed that passage before, in The Earth Does Not Move!, where we said:
It’s the same earth that the same book of Job says has a place and rests on pillars (Job 9:6 — “Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.”), and that also has a foundation (Job 38:4 — “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth”).
The rev continues:
When Ptolemy charted the heavens, he counted 1026 stars in the sky, but the invention of the telescope proved there are an infinite number of stars. Jeremiah told us the same thing 3,000 years ago. “The host of heaven cannot be numbered,” he prophesied. (Jeremiah 33:22)
Amazing! One last excerpt:
Every now and then science may disagree with the Bible, but as Dr. Rogers so aptly put it, “Science just needs time to catch up.
That’s enough. Great letter, rev!
The letter-writer is Robert Croswell, Town Council President of Trappe, Maryland. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Evolution, as it pertains to the origin of the universe [*Groan*] and our species is a theory, not the “most-proved scientific fact of all time” as Jim Patchett would like us to believe.
He’s probably referring to this earlier letter: Humans evolved. Period. Let’s read on:
To become a proven scientific “fact” or law a theory must explain all observations and any conflicts with existing scientific laws. Creationism vs evolution has become a political issue pitting God believers against nonbelievers, and leftists against conservatives, with the loudest voices often demonstrating how little they understand about what they know.
Croswell’s is one of those loud voices. Another excerpt:
Ordinary evolution — the change of things over time — has been observed and is an accepted scientific principle, but there are certain things relating to origin of the universe and our species that the theory of evolution cannot explain. For starters, if humans did evolve from apes, and we still have plenty of apes, why do we not see a continuum of ape to human with examples of ape-like humans today? Why do we still have apes at all if they “evolved?” Why have we never found the “missing link” in ancient remains?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Why are there still monkeys? Where’s the missing link? We haven’t seen those for a long time. Here’s more:
The laws of physics do not allow that something can be made from absolute nothingness. So according to the theory of evolution, from whence came the material of the “Big Bang”? Evolution simply cannot explain the origin of the first matter from which it claims all evolved.
He’s right. Darwin failed to explain that. One more excerpt:
The creationists and Bible believers say that God created that first matter and our planet “period!” Of course the story of creation does not explain from whence came God. Evolution undoubtedly has changed what was “formed or created.” Perhaps one day science will discover God and it will all become clear.
Okay, dear reader. We’ve given you an ark-load of creationist wisdom to ponder. That should keep you entertained for a while.
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