Creationist Wisdom #944: The End Is Nigh

Like many others in our collection, today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton, Michigan (population 7,708) in the northwestern portion of that state’s Upper Peninsula. The letter is titled Only worldview making sense, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Marliyn. (Yes, that’s how it’s spelled.) Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!

There is only one view of reality, one worldview, that makes sense of human history, conscience, rationality, and morality, and that is the biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ. [Hooray for Marliyn!] We are individuals, not merely white or black, or male or female, or liberal or conservative. We are accountable to a person, our creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. Honestly facing our sins, if we repent and trust Him, we touch reality.

Yes, that’s how we touch reality! Then Marliyn says:

False religions defy reality, defy our own God-given psychology, and produce the conflicts we see in the world today, including the false religion of goo-to-you-via-the-zoo evolution. [Right — evolution starts wars!] When a Christian shares her reality-grounded faith, she does so out of compassion and a desire for others to see truth.

Marliyn is so compassionate! Her next paragraph criticizes Islam, and after that she tells us:

One other concern is talk about border walls and barriers. Biblical times boasted the walls of Jericho. Old world castles sported moats which were safeguards to protect the country’s citizens.

Walls? Is Marliyn talking about the US border with Mexico? She explains:

Even John in Rev 21:12 speaks of “a wall great and high” as he describes the glorious holy city, the new Jerusalem. Only the redeemed will enter, excluding all unworthy. By the way, the holy city will be a literal city on a literal earth.

We get the impression that Marliyn likes walls. Then she suddenly changes subjects:

More end-times prophecy is coming to light with the installation of facial recognition systems in 20 of America’s airports. [Gasp!] It appears a one-world system of tracking people is being put in place. This sounds strangely like the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13.

Ooooooooooooh! It’s the mark of the beast! Let’s read on:

First it starts with social cards for buying and selling. Then microchip implants and surveillance.

Egad, she’s right! The End is nigh!

Speaking of the end, we’ve arrived at the end of Marliyn’s letter. She says:

Thank the Lord that the pretribulation rapture of the church happens before all these things take place.

Well, dear reader, will you participate in that “pretribulation rapture,” or are you lost for eternity because of the false religion of goo-to-you-via-the-zoo evolution?

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18 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #944: The End Is Nigh

  1. Good summary of fundamentalism

  2. Dave Luckett

    “…a literal city on a literal earth…”

    It always astonishes me when people say things like this with every appearance of crediting them. I suppose Marliyn has actually read the description in Revelation 21-2. If so, what can she be thinking? No day, no night, no sun, moon or stars, no seasons, no sky, no rain, no sea, no change. No families, no society. Gold everything. No round of work and holiday, no festivals, no travel. Nothing to do but sing the praises of the Boss. Constantly. Forever. It would be like living in a jewel box in Tiffany’s window, under a constant light; a panoptikon of infinite scope and duration. I would go insane within a month. I suspect most humans would.

    I always think: they cannot be serious. They must be having a lend of me. It’s a jape. But no. In some cases at least, I think they’re crazy enough to actually believe it, and worse, want it.

    Is it because they are simply incapable of self-reflection to such an extent that they cannot understand themselves, their own reactions, even on the most elementary level? I can’t think of another explanation. But if not themselves, then what hope for empathy for others?

  3. Mark Germano

    Somebody’s been listening to a whole lotta Alex Jones.

  4. Summery…I’m an idiot, please listen to me!!

  5. When shown how to destroy their own power of reasoning some people will quite eagerly finish the job on their own. Marliyn Sager voluntarily jumped into the rabbit hole and has been spouting vapid inanities every since. If you trace back her ravings in the referenced publication you will see that rational thinking is an extremely alien concept to her so she thoroughly avoids using anything even remotely related. Ignore all evidence that contradicts what I want to believe – creationism in a nutshell.

  6. Michael Fugate

    Marilyn’s definition of a false religion is any religion she doesn’t believe in.

  7. Of course, MichaelF – she believes in her religion because it’s the true one! QED!

  8. It seems odd to me that Marilyn likes the wall of Jericho. Didn’t the god she claims to like tell somebody to knock it down? Although as I recall from a religion class, archaeologists have shown that to be one of the many myths in the holey bubble, since it was destroyed sometime before the Israelites showed up.

  9. @Dave Luckett
    I am reminded of the child’s question of whether their beloved Fluffy or Spot will be in Heaven. The sophisticated adult tells the kid that they will be happy without their pet.
    Yeah, yeah.

  10. @abeastwood
    How many old cities have torn down their walls when they have become pointless. We city dwellers no longer live in constant fear from outsiders taking over the night. Our (excepting paranoid sociopaths) ideal of a city does not include an impenetrable wall.

  11. Instead the ideal of a country some people foster includes an impenetrable wall (literally and/or by means of armed forces which can spoil money as they see fit, because the equally old reason “protecting wealth”). Are they paranoid sociopaths too?

  12. So, basically the not-so-hidden subtext of Marliyn’s letter is:

    America’s going to pot without strong walls to defend itself against the
    barbarians (i.e. anyone who doesn’t think like Marliyn) hammering at the gates; Jesus saves white trash like me — and brown and black people, if they only repent before it’s too late! — and everything was foretold in the Book of Revelation (handy-dandy guidebook for all wannabe schizophrenics).

    To tweak a famous line from one Allen Konigsberg: Does evangelism make you crazy? It does if you’re doing it right.

  13. “Biblical times boasted the walls of Jericho.”

    Probably not the best example to use.

  14. @L.Long

    Hmmm.

    Seemed more autumnal to me.

  15. When correcting others, one should avoid doing so in a sentence fragment.

  16. @Mark G

    I see no correction.

  17. Those walls in Rev. 21-22 are 1400 miles (12000 stadia) high, or well into space.

  18. @KeithB
    Wikipoedia has an article on “New Jerusalem”.
    What people once thought of as wonderful is lost to the moderns.
    I guess that the walls must have extended to (if not thrugh) the Firmament.
    And what were the walls meant to protect against? Was Satan still to be ruling in the majority of the world, outside the impenentrable walls of the New Jerulsalem?
    Yes, I recognize it as poetry, not to be taken literally, but I does not sound even bearable, to be living in a gilded cage. I don’t care that the streets are paved with gold, that does not sound attractive to me, not even comfortable. Today we realize that most of the value of gold is just a matter of that I have it and you want it. Precious stones – much the same – it takes a professional gemologist to tell the difference between diamonds and fakes.
    I am reminded ofthis observation. In the 19th century, people went to World’s Fairs to see the wonders of the modern world. Today, people go to nature parks to experience the wonders of nature.