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 Wayne. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections [that look like this]. Here we go!
Dear Austin Meek: I am a fool. According to your letter in the May 16 Times Record News, anyone who believes in an omnipotent, omniscient, eternal, loving God must be a fool. I wear that badge with great honor.
We can’t find Austin Meek’s letter, but Wayne describes it well enough. He says:
Your letter was written in response to a letter by Jim Mills in Friday’s TRN. I do not always agree with Mr. Mills’ views but his basic idea Friday was that God created the universe and everything in it. The Bible supports this position because the very first words in Genesis are, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.
Yup — that’s what it says! Wayne tells us:
Now I realize that it takes a great deal of faith to believe what is written in the Bible. Everyone must have faith in something.
That’s true — you gotta have faith! He continues:
Mr. Meek you appear to put your faith in science. I agree with you. [Huh?] Science is wonderful. It has given us cell phones, rapid transit, modern medicine, microwave popcorn and such. I like science, too – I’m a physicist and engineer myself. [Hee hee!] Perhaps you and I would have a lot to talk about. I think I would really like to meet you.
Maybe, or maybe not. Let’s read on:
I also have faith in science and physical things. When I turn the tap I have faith that water will come out of the faucet; when I flip a switch I have faith that a light will come on; and when I am in an airplane I have faith that the laws of aerodynamics will keep the plane aloft.
Wayne seems to confuse faith with justifiable confidence in verifiable observations. Another excerpt:
All these things pale however in comparison to my faith in God because God created the very science we are talking about here.
Ooooooooooooh! Here’s more:
Psalms 14:1 says: “The fool says in his heart there is no God”.
Verily, that’s what it says. Now Wayne issues a challenge:
From one fool to another let me ask you to do one thing: find a Bible and read John 3:16 and substitute your name, Austin, for the words “the world” and “whosoever”.
Your ever-helpful Curmudgeon provides the King James version of that bible passage so that you, dear reader, can take Wayne’s challenge for yourself:
For God so loved the world [or your name], that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever [or your name] believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Powerful, huh? And now we come to the end:
God loves you whether you know it or not.
Okay, dear reader, now it’s up to you: who’s the fool here? Is it Wayne, or the letter-writer he’s addressing?
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