The usual creationist websites are boring today, but we found another letter-to-the-editor. This one 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 Bible is God’s word — period, and the newspaper doesn’t 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. This is the second time we’ve featured one of his letters. The last time was #884: Science Is Foolishness. 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!
Several individuals have been critical of my letters to the editor. [Hee hee!] They want to say that the Bible is not the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God. The Bible has been studied by more scholars than any other publication and no one has documented any errors in it. Many readers will misinterpret what is written.
Wikipedia has a relevant article. See Criticism of the Bible. But let’s not be distracted. Richard says:
Another individual could not believe that the global flood ever happened because a loving God would not destroy all those people. In Genesis 6:5 it states: “And God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart (man) was only evil continually.” God hates evil which is sin.
Ooooooooooooh! Sin is bad! Even little babies, puppy dogs, and song birds had to be destroyed. They were all sinners. Then he tells us:
God operates in a sphere which is beyond our understanding. God has direct power over all of His creation. He does not seek our permission. He does what He wants to do when he sees that every thought of man is evil. God’s thoughts are way above our thoughts and we are not able to understand them.
That makes sense. Richard continues:
Many people believe in the evolution of man without a shred of evidence. [Gasp!] Those individuals have a lot of faith in evolution without any basis for it.
They’re fools! Let’s read on:
Man can neither create an earthworm nor a fruit fly yet they believe we started by some mysterious process! I believe God created everything as recorded in the Bible!
No one can argue with that! And now we come to the end:
I was criticized for saying that I serve an awesome God. That was a gross understatement by me because God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent!
That’s a much better way to put it. Your Curmudgeon would never criticize Richard. Would you, dear reader?
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