Letter to the Editor

Lying to children

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dear Editor,

One of these days in the near future, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D. Mass.) like all of us, will breathe his last breath in this life. Ed will then be standing in front of the Judge. Jesus will not be outsmarted, nor intimidated. Jesus will not be swayed just this one time, even just a little bit. Jesus will not be bought, not for any price. Jesus will not be lied to. "Only He who made the law can rightly judge among us." (James 4:12 TLB). A few years ago, Steve McQueen was on his deathbed, and he made a phone call to the Rev. BIlly Graham, and asked him to visit at his bedside. The Rev. Billy Graham complied with his request, and Steve McQueen accepted Jesus as his savior, and invited the Holy Spirit into his heart. At this moment, Steve began his eternity with Jesus. A "deathbed confession!"

A few months ago in the McCook Daily Gazette, was this "Thought for Today:" "Men hate those to whom they have to lie." (Victor Hugo, French author. 1802-1885.) When a teacher or instructor knowlingly lies to their students and tells them that evolution is a fact, these teachers and instructors, at that point, will begin to hate their students. The students will, at that point, begin to disrespect their teachers and instructors because a child knows when they are being lied to. Evolution is a fairy talke; it used to be a theory. If I am wrong, prove it.

George R. Anderson,

McCook

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  • if you are right prove it....prove to me that the bible is true and that evolution is false, ignorance leads to bliss and i think your ignorance has lead to your bliss... explain to me dinosaurs and the lack there of in the bible explain to me fossils and the gradual change of not only humans but all life on the planet over thousands of years...then tell me that it is all a lie, a conspiracy to discount the bible. if you can convince me then you would have convinced one of the most hard headed individuals on this topic. all i ask is for you to PROVE IT!

    -- Posted by billybobi on Wed, Jun 4, 2008, at 11:52 AM
  • There were dinosaurs indicated in the bible and lived among God's creations. There is no doubt about that. When God was disappointed in man being with man, he told Noah to take 2 of everything on a ship and thus created a flood taking out everyone and everything. Christians believe because we know in our hearts and minds that there is a God and believe there is a better place from whence we pass this earth. I pray for you billybobi - sounds like you need it!

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Wed, Jun 4, 2008, at 2:38 PM
  • If I may, billybobi, you cannot, nor can we, prove our 'truth,' as to how we, everyone, are faithful to our thoughts. You believe bones, and immagination. We believe words, and the scientific odds of creation vs hapenstance. Okay, believe your beliefs, but why shout so loud, unless you wish to be convinced, so you, too, can believe.

    Believe this, please: If you are right, and we evolved, and there is nothing 'beyond,' neigther you, nor we have anything to worry about, because we, all, will simply cease to exist, once we quit breathing. Notice please, I said: 'you, nor we have anything to worry about.'

    If we are right, however, you, not we, have a whole lot to be worried about.

    You, and those who refuse to 'believe,' would read the book on John (takes about 2 hours (slow reading)), as if your 'life' depended on understanding, because, it does.

    No one hates you, people of no faith, but most of us pray that all of you will 'see the light' of truth, and repent. We are commanded to share the word, and witness to His truth. Please ponder. 'We' would love to have you, as a brother, in Paradise.

    To you, and all, Shalom in Christ Jesus, Arley Steinhour

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Wed, Jun 4, 2008, at 3:46 PM
  • George, Don't forget that many of those who tell lies to the children, heard those same lies from their elders. Actually the whole thing is kind of prophetic, considering 2,500 years ago the prophets said that right would be called wrong, and wrong called right.

    Thanks for your article. I pray many see it, and the comments, give ponder, and learn to believe in Jesus.

    Shalom in Christ Jesus (yaushuah) Arley

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Wed, Jun 4, 2008, at 3:49 PM
  • Sadly, nobody can prove the origins of the world. Scientific method dictates that in order for anything to be proved, it must be observable. Neither creationism nor evolutionary theory can be proved. I believe that both systems of thinking are a matter of faith -- either you have faith in evolution or you have faith in creationism. There is scientific evidence for intelligent design (i.e. creationism) just as there is evidence of natural selection. But the bottom line is that nobody can prove either one.

    I believe that both ideas should be presented to children so that parents can have a greater role in teaching their own children. I think that we often forget how great a role in a child's education the parents play. Let parents teach their children about the origins of the earth.

    While I am a proponent of intelligent design and believe that one of the goals behind evolution is to discredit the Bible, I feel that scientific freedom is very important. I would strongly recommend to anyone reading this that they watch the documentary "Expelled" by Ben Stein. It speaks a great deal to scientific freedom and also quite a bit for intelligent design.

    Why shouldn't both points of view be presented? Let people choose for themselves what to believe. That's what American freedom is about -- so why not present creationism alongside evolution? I believe it is because people are trying to silence the Bible, which goes against one of the very principals of this nation -- freedom of speech and freedom of religious practice.

    -- Posted by AmyLynne on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 8:28 AM
  • Amy, You are quite right, except, there are three views, evolution, science, and creation; of which, everyone must decide which of the two science best agrees. That is easy for me, since Creation is now being proven, by Science. Having been around the world, on, above, and below the planet's surface, I guess it is easier for me to see the wonders of God's Word and work.

    It is the 'billybobi' opinions I feel sorry for, as I stated earlier, and he/they have a right to their beliefs, as do you and I.

    Take your faith, Amy, clamp it between your teeth, and let no one shake it loose.

    Shalom in Christ, Arley Steinhour

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 7:54 PM
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    Evolution USED to be a theory? Last time I checked it is still very much a theory. You should check your work before you send it.

    And how can you claim to be a man of Jesus when you so openly trash those who believe in something different than you? That is NOT the way of Christ.

    How do you go from condemning a man who is dieing (again very un-Christ like) to making an argument against Evolution? Why is Evolution so clearly a fairy tale yet creationism is the truth because the Bible says so?

    To each his own.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 11:02 AM
  • Will those of you stating "scientific evidence of creationism" please post that evidence for us? Man has been looking for it for a thousand years with no luck. Some food for thought: A belief system that relies heavily on faith is a very, very poor system of belief indeed. Faith is only required when evidence is missing completely. I understand the need to believe that something exists beyond this life, preferrably a "heaven" in eternity, but no. Cultures have imagined this psychological "safety net" for 10,000 years, changing the gods and afterlife constantly in the process. Christianity is just the most recent and it, too, comes from the same imaginative beginnings as Pan, Ra, Neptune, Jupiter, etc. This should not diminish our lives on Earth, but quicken it greatly. He who loses faith has not lost anything but gains everything. This is not a dress rehearsal, folks, it's all there is. Live it to its fullest!

    -- Posted by LC on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 11:50 AM
  • Some of the scientific evidence for creationism is present in the lacking of the evolutionary theory. The odds of the spontaneous generation of life are just as ridiculous as the odds of a god speaking the universe into existence. However:

    Geological records do not always date correctly. In fact, some of the newest rocks, when dated using the carbon 14 method, register as millions of years old! This makes great evidence for the young earth theory, a key component of creationism.

    Other geological records have shown the footprints of humans alongside the footprints of dinosaurs, which by the evolutionary theory is impossible. It also would be impossible for the footprints to have been left at different times. Therefore this suggests that man and dinosaurs were around at the same time, another key component of creationism.

    There is other evidence which I have read about, but I cannot remember all of it. I suggest that if you are truly curious about the matter that you google "Answers in Genesis" or "young earth theory" or "intelligent design." Of course, if you are perfectly content with not knowing the other side of the argument that is okay too, but you will be missing out. Trust me, I have plentiful knowledge of evolution -- enough to know that it is just as much a matter of faith as creationism. Remember that scientific evidence must be observable...and the evolution of species has never been actively observed...

    I still hold that both theories of the origin of the world ought to be presented.

    As for the credibility of Christianity, I would like to point out that it is nothing "new." It has been around since the days of Moses, which was about 7,000 years ago. In fact, Christianity has been around much longer than many other religions. And throughout this time it has remained constant, despite many different heresies within the church.

    Also, let us remember that Christ himself called the Pharisees a "brood of vipers," so it can be Christlike to condemn something.

    Just a thought for your day.

    -- Posted by AmyLynne on Thu, Jun 12, 2008, at 3:38 PM
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