I feel prompted to write an answer to a young lady who wrote an epistle printed in the Juneau Empire two to three weeks ago. Her statement was that she didn’t believe in God.
“There is no proof,” she wrote.
I think our educational institutions are systematically removing all mention of God from text books and reference materials. This, supposedly, in compliance with “separation of church and state”. However, this statement doesn’t mention religion.
The Random House College Dictionary (1984) definition of religion: A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies. Does evolution qualify? It certainly is a set of beliefs! Further, it is being taught as a fact, whereas in reality it is only a theory. Oh yes, there have been “changes,” but a lack of transitional species are sadly lacking in the fossil record.
Creation on the other hand, as mentioned in Psalm 19:1-3 (NIV) reads: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.”
Yes, there are many translations, but if you would refute these words, go to the original Hebrew version. It is still available. I only have six versions and they all say much the same thing.
So, who told this young lady, “There is no God”? Did she make this determination on her own experience? Who gave her life? Or more importantly, who gave us ALL life? Where did it all start? The Big Bang? An amoeba, crawling out of the sea? Look at the flea, the butterfly, the 17-year locust, then the shrew, the elephant and the vast array of plants from the smallest fragile fern to the mighty Redwood trees of California. And how about the bat that can find a tiny insect flying around on the darkest night? There is an enormous variety of life in the sea including crustaceans, mollusks, plants, fish and animals. Please don’t insult my meager intelligence by telling me all these things evolved or just happened ...
I would conclude with the words spoken by the Lord to some of Job’s friends, as recorded in Job 38. You can read it all, but I’ll only quote verses 2-7 (NIV).
“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words, without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone, while the morning stars shouted for joy?”
So my questions to the young lady, and to all who doubt, where were you when those things took place? Where were the teachers? Where were the writers of the textbooks?
No, I wasn’t there either, but I know the One who was … God, or a facsimile of Him, is in the preambles or the constitutions of ALL 50 states. How can we separate ourselves from our Creator? Yes, there is a God, and He has left a record of these things in the Bible.
James H. Cummins