Unless a letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. This one is a preacher. He’s Dave Gibson, described at the end like this: “Dave Gibson is a resident of Eagle and has been in full-time ministry for more than 40 years.” Here are some excerpts from the rev’s letter (or maybe it’s a column), with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
To be a believer is to be a person of faith — someone who believes in things they have not seen. Believers exist in all realms of life and in all kinds of things. In fact, everyone believes in something or someone they have not seen. There are people who believe in reincarnation or in evolution [Evolution?] even though no one has ever seen or experienced either. My dad believed in Sasquatch.
Sasquatch, evolution, everyone’s a believer in something — even you dear reader. Then the rev says:
Some believe that Jesus is God and that He died to pay for the sins of all people and that He rose from the dead and that He is coming back again, though they have seen none of this. I personally believe all these things about Jesus. I have not seen Him. I take it by faith.
So far, we’re not surprised. But brace yourself, because here it comes:
I also believe in the existence of George Washington. [What?] I believe he was a real man who existed in time and space … that he was the general who led the American revolutionary forces … that he was the first president of the United States.
Shocking. Absolutely shocking! After that he tells us:
Why would I believe all this about him? I believe all this about George Washington because of eyewitness accounts and because of reliable written documents. It is evidence of someone I have never seen and I deem it to be good evidence.
Wowie — the rev wasn’t there, yet he believes! He continues:
As believers in Jesus we do not believe these things without evidence and we do not believe against the evidence. There are eye witnesses and reliable written documents (same reasons we believe in George Washington) and drastically changed lives and a creation overflowing with design. There are 10 first century men who were martyred for their faith and continued to hold to what they believed about the resurrection. Not one of them recanted. The very enemies of Jesus attested to the resurrection. The body could not be produced. More than 500 people in one crowd saw Jesus in broad daylight and listened to Him after His resurrection.
You can’t deny it, dear reader. That’s a load of evidence! Let’s read on:
One scholar said there is better evidence for the resurrection of Jesus than there is for the existence of George Washington. [Gasp!] It is all a matter of faith. But it is faith grounded in good evidence. The evidence for the existence of George Washington is good and the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus is even better.
We’d like to know who that “scholar” was. Anyway, here’s another excerpt:
We are all believers in something or in someone. [You too, dear reader.] The issue is not whether our worldview requires faith or not — they all do. [Yeah!] The issue is the quantity and quality of the evidence that undergirds our faith.
The rev knows what he’s talking about! Here’s more:
As I reflect on the evidence — a designed and now broken world [Hee hee!], the concept of “justice,” mankind’s relentless drive to worship something, to reflect on origins and destinies, to be obsessed with purpose and meaning, be aware of right and wrong, and to be fearful of dying — then, belief in Jesus, and the biblical narrative about Him, is the only thing that makes any sense to me.
Nothing else makes sense! And now we come to the end:
I am a believer in Jesus. I have not seen Him but I expect to.
And what about you, dear reader? Do you really expect to meet Darwin one day? Of course not! So maybe you should re-think the foolish science you believe in.
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