The total is creeping ever closer to 1,000. Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Erie Times-News of Erie, Pennsylvania. It’s titled Look to Bible, not the Big Bang, to explain creation. It’s the first letter at that link, and they have a comments feature.
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 Leonard Ransil, president of Total Truth Ministries. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
Nothing cannot produce something. Why are perpetual motion machines impossible to invent? Because the law of conservation of energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system.
Fair enough — so far. But then the rev says:
Science has proven that the physical universe 1) consists of matter and energy and 2) had a specific beginning. So, the physical universe did not exist in any form before it began.
Not quite. The rev’s first point is probably correct, but that “specific beginning” isn’t right. The expansion of the visible universe did indeed have a beginning, but as for what was going on before that, we just don’t know. Many still think the universe has been cycling between expansion and contraction phases for what may be literally forever, but the contraction phase has been in doubt for the last 20 years or so, ever since the accelerated expansion of the universe has been observed. But the rev is fixated on what he assumes was the “specific beginning,” so he tells us:
It is scientifically impossible for any material “something” to come from “nothing” — spontaneous generation. Therefore, a “self-causing nothing” (the Big Bang) could not have produced the physical universe.
And he leaps from that to this:
Darwin’s speculation that “nothing” produced mankind is a hoax — and is anti-science. [Gasp!] True science is based on observable, testable, reproducible and, therefore, verifiable experiments — not on speculative impossibilities.
Our professors lied to us, and Darwin was a fool! The rev continues:
The Bible states that an eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful and loving God spoke the material universe into existence and that he made mankind in his own image and likeness. [Ah, now that makes sense!] Further, he desires that “all mankind be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” What truth?
Wowie — the rev is going to tell us The Truth™. Let’s read on:
That you are no cosmic accident — ultimately caused by some impossible “spontaneous generation” — who vanishes after physical death. Rather, the creator — God — wants you to live with him in his forever family by being spiritually “born again,” made possible by believing and receiving what Jesus Christ did for all mankind — including you — on Calvary.
That’s great information! And here’s some more:
To view many scientific proofs of why macro-evolution and “natural selection” cannot possibly be true genetically, check out a weekly podcast, based in Pittsburgh, at [link omitted]. Warning: This program is so clear and fact-based that there are now many counterfeits by evolutionists at .com sites. Dare to compare. Your family’s everlasting future may depend on it.
Eternity depends on it, dear reader. You don’t want to end up in the Lake of Fire, so heed what the rev has revealed.
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