Bible’s lessons not ‘fairy tales’

In a letter March 17, Jim Wilt expressed his support for his “religion” (atheism), while making fun of the cherished beliefs of Christians. To him, it seems that all of the tenets of Christianity are based on fairy tales that are “implausible.” He is quite adamant about his lack of belief in God and expresses his understanding of the Bible with extreme derision. He would fit in quite handily with the cast of Saturday Night Live.

From the tone of his letter, I can only assume that he has been severely damaged, disappointed and/or misled by one or more religious leaders over the course of his lifetime which, coincidentally, sounds a lot like what’s happening with recruits of al Qaida today, doesn’t it? He seems to have a knowledge of Biblical scripture, even though he scoffs at these scriptures to support his atheistic beliefs. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

In his attack on Dan Kessinger’s beliefs, he employs the same methods that he decries in others — “you could cherry-pick out the parts you like, give them your own interpretation and forget all the cruel, evil and stupid parts.” Why is there no mention of all of the good things that God showed us through Jesus Christ? In Mr. Wilt’s case, he seems to have dug around in the dirt until he found some mud to support his contention that Christianity is cruel, evil and stupid. I guess he is so angry that he will see just what he wants to see.

As far as an “invisible god” is concerned, the Bible tells us to walk by faith. Also, the power of a hurricane is unmistakable, but can you actually see the wind or just what the wind carries with it? Can you see the microwaves that cook your food? Can you see the Holy Spirit that is available to any who seek Him? Remember this is still America and you still have the freedom of choice (at least for right now) and you can believe in Him or not. Choose wisely.

To try to compare the writings from thousands of years ago to current social norms and behaviors is a pretty long stretch, don’t you think? Don’t you find it interesting that an event in the history of the world (the birth and life of Jesus Christ) was so amazing and monumental that we set our calendar by His birth and death? What were those people thinking? Did they actually believe that the amazing miracles that they witnessed were just some form of magic? No, they recorded His miraculous deeds as they saw them, just as God instructed them.

To try to change this man’s thinking is probably a waste of time. I would just like you to consider that this book, the Bible, written 2,000 years ago and, yes, inspired by God, is being revealed to us as we get closer to the “end days.”

Please consider the following scriptures, perhaps written by “Bronze age sheepherders who didn’t know where the sun went at night.” Please help me understand how the predictions given to these men by God are now coming to pass.

* 2 Peter 3:3: “Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.” (sound familiar?)

* 2 Timothy 3:1-5: “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

* Matthew 24:3: “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.”

* Matthew 24:7-8: “For nation shall rise against nation. And kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.”

* 2 Timothy 4:3: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.”

* 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11: “And with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false …”

As you read this, Christians are being denigrated here at home and slaughtered around the world. Where is the moral outrage? Other religions being persecuted seem to be the main focus of our “news” outlets these days. If you would have told me 50 years ago that some of the American people would turn on Christians, I would have laughed. It’s not so funny now.

I am not going to proselytize because I know that Mr. Wilt apparently doesn’t want to allow “opposing viewpoints” to infiltrate his life but his entire rant is expressing that which he abhors. He is “forcing his beliefs on others” by denigrating the faith that others have. By definition, proselytize means to “convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief or opinion to another.”

I say this not to create a “Facebook debate,” but to express my own thoughts and opinions.

I guess one of those ignorant Bronze Age sheepherders was just guessing the future again when he wrote that “in fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” I think this is a fitting scripture to end this with, as you would have to be rather dull to think that this is all just “fairy tales.”

We need to pray for our nation. Remember, we were much stronger when we were “one nation under God …” Other religions are allowed the freedom to teach the principles of their faith without persecution. Why can’t Christians?

Fred Fenton