Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a column) appears in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, published three times a week in Wasilla, Alaska — of which Sarah Palin was mayor before she was elected Governor of Alaska. It’s titled The meaning of life. The newspaper has a comments feature, but there aren’t any comments yet.
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 Ethan Hansen, pastor of the Faith Bible Fellowship in Big Lake, Alaska. We’ve written about the rev’s columns before — the first time was #776: What a Face!, and after that #874: Darwinism vs. The Bible.
As we’ve done before, we call your attention to the rev’s photograph which appears above his column at the newspaper’s website. You gotta click over there to see it! Were it not for our caution about possible copyright violations, we would have copied it and placed it above this post.
Excerpts from the rev’s new column will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Many people today are searching for the meaning of life. They ask, “What is the purpose of life? Why do I exist? Why am I here?” The apostle Paul provides the answers in Romans 11:36. The Bible says, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”
Now you know the meaning of life. Skipping more bible stuff, the rev says:
Darwinian naturalism is the religion of America. [Huh?] Most people in America believe in naturalism. The culture in which we swim is naturalism. Naturalism teaches that matter is eternal. [Really?] Carl Sagan began his hit series Cosmos by saying, “The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.” Part of naturalism is the teaching of evolution. [Gasp!] Evolution says that time plus chance plus nothing created everything. The truth is that all things are “from Him.” You and I are created by God. God is the Source of everything. Matter is not eternal. God is eternal.
Good, huh? After skipping more bible stuff, he tells us:
A byproduct of naturalism is humanism. Humanism teaches that man’s happiness is the greatest good. When humanism began (to its credit) the goal was the happiness of mankind or humanity. People focused on philanthropy and good deeds. Unfortunately, very quickly it changed from humanity to the individual. People live today for their own happiness. The philosophy becomes, “My happiness is the greatest good.”
That can’t be right. Indeed, it’s not! The rev explains:
The best example of humanism in the Bible is King Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar built the great Babylonian Empire. In Daniel 4:30 he said, “Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?”
What happened to that guy? The rev’s tale continues:
Nebuchadnezzar went insane for seven years. [Egad!] He even ate grass like an ox! God was making a statement in this event. It is the height of insanity to believe that we are the center of the universe. God is the center of the universe. We must live for His glory.
Are you convinced, dear reader? No? Let’s read on:
The Christian life begins by understanding that God is the center of the universe. He is perfect and holy. Unfortunately, we have sinned against God. We fail to meet God’s standards.
What can we do? The answer is in the rev’s last paragraph:
God the Father’s love for us was so great He crushed His Son for our sins. We receive salvation as a gift. This gift of salvation should produce gratitude in our lives. The rest of our lives we serve Him thankful for what He has done for us. Let’s worship God today! Thank Him for what He has done for you!
Your path is now clear dear reader. And remember, one of the first things you must do is abandon Darwinian naturalism. After that, everything else should fall into place.
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