To the editor:
A reply to Bruce Springsteen (Journal-World, Dec. 3): While Springsteen and Mirecki think that some deserve a "good, scholarly 'slap' for their deceptions and willful ignorance," I think deception and willful ignorance is theirs; ignorance of the Bible and God, that is.
Scripture speaks of sheep as being followers of the Chief Shepherd, Christ. Sheep go to eternal bliss because they have been delivered from sin and ignorance by Christ. Heaven is not a reward; salvation is a free gift of grace. Eternal life is in knowing God (John 17:3), not ignorance.
Goats receive horrible punishment because of their ignorance of God (Ephesians 4:17-18), suppressing the knowledge of God, and hatred of him. They suffer for sins of being skeptical (questioning the Bible, God's Word), independent (trusting in their own understanding), lusty (using others selfishly), blunt (hateful words) and hard-headed (stubbornly resisting God). This ignorance is willful because it is clear that God created the world, but man hates that because that requires dependency.
Mirecki and Dennis Dailey are "honest goats," Springsteen says, but actually they are the deceptive ones. They hide their ignorance of God under the cloak of humanistic scholarship. A doctorate in naturalistic religion does not guarantee knowledge of truth, especially biblical or spiritual truth. Scholarship or not, ignorance of God is hell. How can it be that man is unintelligently nondesigned and that believing that is intelligence? Don't they require basic logic of professors anymore?
Richard K. Smith,