Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in The Mining Journal of Marquette, Michigan, the largest city of the state’s Upper Peninsula. Marquette is a major port on Lake Superior, known primarily for shipping iron ore. The letter is titled Seek the truth, and the newspaper doesn’t seem to have 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 Richard. We think he’s a professional tax return preparer, but that doesn’t qualify for full name treatment. 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!
The Bible is the infallible, inerrant, inspired Word of God. [Right!] There is a potential for evil in all of us. Choices are given to each of us. None of us are spared from this test. We are to love our neighbor, yet hate sin and abstain from committing sin. The only way to remove the stain of sin in our lives is through repentance and forgiveness.
Good beginning. Then he says:
Many people believe in evolution and evolution is taught in our schools. Teaching creation is forbidden. Evolution is unproven and it is basically groundless. [Right!] To think that through evolution one could “evolve” into a perfect baby is beyond my comprehension [Hee hee!] Man is not able to improve upon the body that the Lord gave us. The Bible in I Corinthians 3:19 states the wisdom of the world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness.”
Are you one of those foolish people who believes in the wisdom of the world? Then pay attention to Richard. He tells us:
Scientists cannot explain gravity even though gravity has been around for over 6,000 years. [Hee hee!] Science cannot prove that the earth is young or old. [Right!] Man cannot create nor destroy matter. No fossils have been found that would prove evolution.
We weren’t going to spend any time rebutting Richard, but that last sentence is irresistible. Whenever it shows up, we always link to Wikipedia’s List of transitional fossils. He continues:
The thousands of fossils that have been found are the same as the living specimens of today (no evolution). [Right!] Most scientists don’t believe in the world-wide flood as recorded in the 7th chapter of Genesis. And yet the great flood explains the existence of sea fossils on mountain tops.
That one is in the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims — see Seashells and other marine fossils have been found on mountaintops. Let’s read on:
We live on this planet that has been stocked with everything we need for our daily lives. We have not run out of anything we need. The only thing we lack is faith in God our creator and his only begotten son Jesus the Christ. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. [Scripture reference]. I encourage you to attend a Bible preaching church where you can hear the truth!
Good advice! Another excerpt:
To further strengthen your faith in a creator remember each of us has our own DNA. The creator knows every person he created since before we were born. (Psalm 139:16) Man did not discover DNA until 1954.
Maybe that’s because DNA isn’t mentioned in the bible. And now we come to the end:
Who would have known that our bodies are so unique that each of us are specifically identified by God our Father. We did not evolve!
Well, dear reader, if Richard didn’t convince you, then you are beyond help. The Lake of Fire will be your home for eternity.
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