Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s a column, really) appears in the Republic-Monitor of Perryville, Missouri (population 8,225). It’s titled God’s first words, and the newspaper has a comments section.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Tim Richards, pastor of the Refuge Church Oakwood. We can’t find their website. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
If you have ever wondered about God’s first recorded words in scripture you need not read far. You can find them in the third verse of the Bible. “Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3, NLT) The difference between God’s words and ours is that his words have power we cannot begin to understand.
Okay. Now what? The rev says:
Edwin Hubble’s presentation to the American Astronomical Society on January 1, 1925 created a massive shift in scientific thinking. At the time most scientists believed our Milky Way galaxy might be the complete universe. Hubble was convinced the universe was much larger. He observed the amount of red light coming from the most distant stars and theorized they were much farther from earth than previously thought. His presentation that day in 1925 began to change scientific opinion and the size of the known universe increased by a factor of 100,000.
Almost a century later the Hubble telescope has seen an estimated 200 billion galaxies and research NASA reported on in 2016 suggests that there could be as many as 10 times more galaxies than previously thought. As significant as that is, the idea that the universe is still expanding makes Hubble’s theory even more remarkable.
Come on, rev — let’s have the creationism! Ah, now he gets to it:
Here is the significance of that discovery. If current scientific thought is correct and if we understand God’s first 4 words to still be active, those words are still creating galaxies at the outer edges of the universe.
Ooooooooooooh! After that he tells us:
Four words created an ever-expanding universe that science now believes measures a mind boggling 93 billion light years in diameter. That is the power of God’s words.
Powerful words indeed! The rev continues:
We need to be reminded of the power of those words because if God’s first words are still creating galaxies, none of the problems we bring to him will ever be too big.
That’s very comforting. And now we come to the end:
His resources make our biggest problems as they say, “small potatoes.” While our challenges may overwhelm us, they never tax God’s unimaginable power.
That was an awesome letter, Rev. It definitely enhances our appreciation of Genesis.
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