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 John Myers, pastor of the Temple Baptist Church in Salida. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter (it’s a column, actually), with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
There seems to be an increasing movement in our world to reject the idea of a sovereign God, specifically, to reject the idea of the God of the Bible, Yahweh. … I tend to think the discussion and the consideration of the reality or the nonreality of a sovereign God is paramount to how we live our lives. Even “why” we live our lives the way we do. I’ve come to believe that answering that question of “is there a God?” instructs everything else in my life.
Okay, that’s the big question. The rev says:
Ultimately as I sought out the truth of this matter in my life, I kept coming to the conclusion that there had to be a sovereign God, and even more convinced that it is the God of the Bible. Perhaps one of the strongest arguments that I had to wrestle with came from science and the belief that all that there is exists as a result of the development over billions and billions of years from a single cell.
Ah yes, the theory that the whole universe developed from a single cell over billions and billions of years. The rev explains why he rejects that:
But the development and advancement of scientific tools and instruments continue to allow us to see deeper and deeper into the material world and see more accurately how things are constructed. We are discovering that the complexity of all matter is so great that to develop to this current point would require time frames that fly in the face of current theories. In other words, the more we look at creation the more it points to a creator. Just way too much engineering and design in all things and how they work together.
Good thinking! He continues:
The greater argument that I struggled with was “if there is no God, then what is the origin of morality? That is, where do right and wrong come from?” I had difficulty understanding why it wasn’t “every man for himself” or to put it in Darwinian terms, natural selection – survival of the fittest.
Your Curmudgeon has given that some thought, and we’re satisfied that there can be A Secular Source of Morality. The rev thinks otherwise. He says:
This finally began to occur to me that there must be a being outside and greater than myself that is the creator of all things material and moral. I have found that the best description and understanding of such a being is found in the Bible. In this book is a description of a sovereign creator God that has created the universe as well as the moral principles by which we are called to obey.
And he has proof, which he gives us at the end of his letter:
As a Christian I am called to live by faith but God’s chosen to give me and everyone else obvious evidence for his existence. The evidence is plain to see, it is his very creation around us, the very operation of the universe is so engineered to sustain our life … The fact that I have a conscience and the ability to understand the difference between right and wrong. We also have the capacity to help others when it’s not to our advantage. All of this points to a sovereign God. And I’m convinced that God really does matter.
So there you are, dear reader. You’ve seen the rev’s evidence. Impressive, huh?
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