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Letters to the Editor

Earth still evolving

July 23, 2012

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To the editor:

I enjoyed Carl Burkhead’s letter in your July 12 edition in which he quoted scripture regarding the origin of life, but I am writing to express a different point of view. Most humans have never heard of the Bible or Jesus Christ. They feel secure in their beliefs in other creation stories that their cultures provide.

In the United States today many, if not most, practicing Christians understand that the universe was created about 13.4 billion years ago and that our Earth came along about 4.5 billion years ago. BUT, these Christians believe that God was still the creator. This understanding of the physical world in no way diminishes their faith. And, some surveys show that those Christians have a greater reverence for and desire to protect, reclaim and restore the earth, God’s gift to all living creatures. Most of these Christians understand and believe in evolution.

As the anti-evolution minority may again attempt to make it an issue in the coming election, it is important to realize that any God with enough magic to create the world in seven days, could just as easily have done it in six hours. Besides, the earth isn’t finished being made yet. Volcanoes, earthquakes and floods are constantly remaking the face of the globe, as geology proves. The story of evolution is a beautiful, awe-inspiring story of creation that is appreciated by Christians everywhere. It’s wrong to discredit their beliefs and claim they have no faith.

Comments

FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 4 months ago

I've heard 'tell' that the universe is endless. I've heard that it is infinite. I've even heard there are multiple universes.

If this is true. Does that not mean there are "endless" even "infinite" possibilities in the universe, universes? Like maybe there is the "possibility" for an omnipresent God?

ha, no. That can't be. There is no God. There's probably a Scientist ET out there in the "infinite" universe that 'seeded' this planet like a petri dish to see what 'sprouts' up. The bipeds that 'sprouted' up wrote a few books called the Koran, Torah, Sutras or Bible and call the "omnipresence" a "God" or "Kachina".

That must be it.

Abdu Omar 2 years, 4 months ago

Your view of the universe is missing something, FHNC. It is missing the concept of a starting point. Who set the tumble of planets into motion? A Scientist ET? No, it was simply God, but not so simple for believers. If one follows a book written by men who are not God, there will be errors and misjudgments. In the Quran (not Koran) there are miracles of knowledge that mankind didn't know until later centuries. Now the Quran was revealed in the 7th Century and it told us that it is the sperm that unites with the egg inside the womb that creates a child. Modern science didn't know this until the 18th Century. If King Henry VIII had read the Quran, he would have known that it is the male who produces the male child particle of DNA, not the woman, so all the women he killed for not giving him a son could have been saved and history would have been different. There are many examples of these kinds of things in the Quran as it was revealed to Muhammad as the last testiment from God. You should grab a copy and read it.

Abdu Omar 2 years, 4 months ago

The creation of the universe or of earth is not as important as the worship of the Creator. In His infinite wisdom, God creates all that is good for mankind, but we, in our foolishness and refusal to understand that, worship other than God. We worship prophets, money, power, beautiful women, and even handsome dogs and other animals. It is time to understand that as God created the world, so He alone should be worshipped like it says in the Ten Commandments: I (not we or us three), am thy Lord, thy God, take no one in worship except Me.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 4 months ago

What are the three words humans hate to say the most? They are "I don't know". In the beginning ... I don't know. Neither do you. No one knows. So we make things up. Your story is fine. I can make one up too. But the real answer is I don't know. Of course, we can still ask the question. We should ask the question. What is foolish is to expect an answer. We can and should ask questions and seek answers to those things we can answer. But to those things we don't know, a simple "I don't know" will suffice.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 4 months ago

+100. All religion is a fabrication of humans. The "Holy Bible" (King James Version) was created by order of King James of England when he convened the Council of Hampton Court in 1611 to create a "bible" that would agree with both the king and the Church of England. To not do the king's bidding would result in having your heads chopped off. So much for "holy" and "accurate"

50YearResident 2 years, 4 months ago

What does the Quran recommend for non-believers of thy Lord and God?

Alyosha 2 years, 4 months ago

Here's one verse: "When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them." (9:5)

And here's one from the Bible:

"and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

Same murderous impulses, same murderous intolerance.

Getaroom 2 years, 4 months ago

No matter which term you use, Koran/Quran, the conversation is an endless loop. And it will go on and on until Kingdom Come. Now, if GOD would like to get busy fixing this mess we might all have something to believe in.

Oh, and yes, it's a strawman tactic FHNC and completely of subject - thank god! Read this and know we are all in this together, whether we like it or not.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/22

Lawrenceks 2 years, 4 months ago

Well, I don't believe in Santa Claus either! So what!

oldbaldguy 2 years, 4 months ago

no surprise getaroom. 'rollerball" is on the way sooner than later

Ragingbear 2 years, 4 months ago

I am supposed to believe in a religion where a man was made from dirt, a woman made from male flesh, a snake talked an "innocent" and naive woman into eating an apple and were cast out into the normal world?

I know, I should ignore that part and go straight to the part about a God that told a guy to sacrifice his child, only to be bailed out at the last moment, or how about a bush that burns but doesn't burn? How about a magical god throne that would kill anyone that would touch it? How about a dark cloud that killed people's children because their leader refused to free slaves that never existed? Hmm, how about people being dumped into a furnace and survivng? How about a story involving a race of giants? No? How about one where a man is inhumanely strong as long as his hair was long? Hmm.. Maybe a story about how a trumpet destroyed a city wall? Maybe a story about a man living to nearly a 1000 years? Maybe a staff that turns into snakes? Maybe a staff with a snake on it curing people? Hmmm... I still haven't even left the book of Genesis.

One or two stories of unbelievable stuff is buyable. A book of stories with a few thousand is just for those pathetic individuals that claim they need a reason to be a good person. As for myself and my family we will just be good people because you DON'T need a reason to be a good person.

Ragingbear 2 years, 4 months ago

Who said I was commenting about the letter?

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parrothead8 2 years, 4 months ago

Making your point by getting the answer from a quote by a gun-runner in an old movie is brilliant.

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