Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The letter is titled Faith versus evolution, and it’s the third letter at that link. 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. He uses his first two initials, which are B.W. 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!
I have been told that we cannot put God in a test tube — yet this is what he demanded we do. [Huh?] He said test me, try me, and prove me.
Okay, B.W., if you say so. Then he says:
The theory of evolution belongs in this test. [That sounds fair.] I believe there is nothing in the laws and properties of matter that can account for the existence of matter or the location of matter. [Wow!] There is nothing in matter that can account for life; it must have a power outside itself.
B.W. is amazing! In only two sentences he has demolished physics and biology. After that stunning accomplishment he tells us:
There was a first man. God created him in his image and likeness. He desired to communicate with his rational creature, man. Cro-magnon man did not commune with God. He was an ape-like creature with higher intelligence than other animals and, like dinosaurs, he is extinct.
Tough luck for Cro-magnon man. B.W. continues:
God gave man faith so that he is conscious of feelings to do right and avoid wrong. God gave man miracles to enhance his desire to commune with God. He gave man law to teach man to love God and to love one another and how to worship God by practicing God’s presence gregariously.
So many gifts! Let’s read on:
God sent his son to fulfill the law for man and give an example of perfect obedience. When Jesus ascended to the father, he sent the Holy Spirit who through the hand of man wrote the Bible, giving an account of all God did, with instructions.
Genesis was written after the Ascension of Jesus? We didn’t know that. Another excerpt:
All who believe are not condemned. All who do not believe are condemned already because they have not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God. They are destined to a place of torment, a place called hell.
He’s talking about you, dear reader. And now we come to the end:
All who believe have this promise. We are children and heirs of God. We are also heirs with Jesus, the son, in a place he is preparing for us called heaven.
B.W. has obliterated science, so there’s no reason to run any risks. You’d better believe as he does, or you’ll end up in the Lake of Fire!
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