Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a column) appears in the Rogersville Review of Rogersville, Tennessee, population 4,420. The town was settled in 1775 by the grandparents of Davy Crockett. The title is Do you believe the Bible is true?, and they don’t appear to have a comments feature.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name — but today we’ve got an author — and a columnist. Her name is Cindy Rooy. While Googling it, we found her book at Amazon: Trusting God Through Troubles & Tears. The price is only $16.95 in paperback, and it’s a whopping 132 pages long. Hey — it’s published by WestBowPress. Their website says they’re a religious vanity publisher.
We’ll give you a few excerpts from Cindy’s letter (or column), with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
My son-in-law’s relative was telling me the benefits of hormone therapy, and I started chuckling. I was wondering what type of hormone therapy God gave Sarah to become pregnant at the age of 90. After explaining my smirk, her response was, “Who is Sarah?” I replied that Sarah was Abraham’s wife, as recorded in the Bible. “You don’t really believe that stuff, do you?”
Cindy says she didn’t handle that very well, but now she can. Skipping the irrelevant details of that story, she asks us:
How would you defend the Bible’s credibility?
Good question! Then she tells us how it’s done:
We know that the Bible is either completely true or else the book is unreliable. You can’t pick and choose what you want to believe. The Holy Spirit inspired forty authors to write about human and earth’s history, the gospel, and doctrinal letters, in compliance with His will. Some authors wrote about the same concepts, but in different time periods. … Diverse, imperfect people wrote without contradictions, over a 1,500-year span.
No contradictions? Cindy should never look at this article in Wikipedia: Criticism of the Bible. She continues:
Yet, what is written in the Bible and how it was comprised does little to persuade unbelievers. They want external proof. [The fools!] This is when it helps to know about the other ancient reliable documents that were discovered, separate from the Bible, which confirm the Bible’s authenticity and truthfulness. Trusted historians from that era verified biblical events. Plus, thousands of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin biblical manuscripts still exist.
What’s she talking about? Does the Iliad confirm the bible? Let’s read on:
Archeological evidence corroborates the historical accuracy of the Bible. Scripture is quite specific with names of people and places, and these same names and structures are being uncovered in new excavations. Furthermore, scientific data does not conflict, but supports biblical accounts, including the worldwide flood and creation’s “intelligent design.”
Got that? Science supports the bible! And here’s yet another argument:
The Bible’s durability is remarkable. Recorded in Matthew 24:35, Jesus prophesied that “heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away.” … It’s the most distributed book of all times and yet, the most attacked.
The Chinese government has recently banned all online sales of the Christian Bible. While it’s illegal to own a Bible in Saudi Arabia, North Koreans are imprisoned and tortured for having a copy. Hitler made the Nazis burn as many as they could find. And the Bible is still available, read, and cherished. Satan uses his anti-Christian allies to try to eliminate God’s Word, but never succeeds.
Wowie — it’s gotta be The Truth™! Here’s more:
If there were no truth to what the Bible says, it would not have remained in existence and people would not have risked their lives for a book’s message. Millions of people have experienced that the Bible’s principles are trustworthy. Have you discovered for yourself that the Bible is still relevant?
Well, dear reader, have you discovered it for yourself?
This is getting too long, so here’s our last excerpt:
The difference between belief in the Bible and unbelief is experience. Anyone who tests God’s words will personally realize that the Bible is truth and God’s principles are still applicable today. That personal experience is more realistic and convincing than any unbeliever’s protest.
Cindy has personal experience. What do you have, dear reader, other than a destiny in the Lake of Fire?
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