Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Southwest Times Record of Fort Smith, Arkansas, on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. The letter is titled Trying to explain away God is a waste of time, 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 Bill. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Most religions have books they refer to as sacred writings, but neither the Mormons’, nor Buddhists’, nor Muslims’ holy books contain prophecy.
We have no expertise in such matters, but we find it difficult to believe that only the bible contains prophecy. Anyway, Bill says:
Christianity has a book called the Holy Bible which has almost 4,000 references of prophecy; most when written were still future events, but occurred as predicted.
Wowie — 4,000 prophecies occurred as predicted! After that he tells us the source of his information:
Several of the points listed below are from Ray Comfort’s book, “Scientific Facts In The Bible.”
The Bible, was written over a period of 1600 years by more than 40 authors, all in agreement. That is miraculous. I will list a few facts which the Bible presents but took mankind ages to discover.
He lists several “facts” in the bible that mankind only recently discovered. Here they are, with very little rebuttal from us. We started to provide links for his scripture references — King James version, of course — but that’s too much work. Here are Bill’s bible “facts”:
• Science has discovered that everything we see is composed of things we cannot see: invisible atoms (Heb. 11:3).
• Science believed for thousands of years that the world was flat, but the Bible told us about the circle of the Earth in Isa. 40:22. [We discussed that in The Earth Is Flat!]
• Environmentalists think we can save the Earth, but the Bible indicates that the heavens and Earth are wearing out. (Isa 51:6, Ps. 102:25, 26 and Heb 1:10-12.) Al Gore, your crowd is totally wrong.
• Eccl 1:6 tells about air currents 2000 years before science discovered them. The water cycle was revealed in Eccl 11:3 and Amos 9:6, but not fully realized until the 17th century.
• God gave Noah the blueprint for shipbuilding and man decided to use it in Holland in 1609, revolutionizing shipbuilding.
Impressive huh? Oh, regarding that last item, we found this reference, which says:
A pious shipbuilder in Holland by the name of Peter Jansen reasoned that the basic design for the ark as revealed by God to Noah should be an ideal blueprint for such vessels. So he built a smaller ship of the same proportions – six times as long as wide, and the height one-tenth of the length. Disregarding the ridicule heaped upon him in the course of the construction, like Noah himself, Jansen found that the completed ship could carry one-third more freight, would sail faster, and was safer than the old type ship. Today, with minimum variations, this design is used for almost all modern freighters.
That was overwhelming, so it’s a good thing the letter now comes to its conclusion:
Atheists, non-scientific scientists and others have tried to explain how everything began. I’m wondering if they can explain how no two people have the same fingerprints or DNA? Trying to explain away an all-loving, all-knowing creative God is a waste of time and according to the Bible, those who do will have an eternity of regrets.
Heed Bill’s warning, dear reader, or you too will suffer an eternity of regrets.
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