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Winston Shaffer  
Floresville  
October 16, 2008 3:52pm
 
As a scientist, engineer and critical thinker, I am amazed at the closed minds of non-believers. These non-believers rant and rave about science and how it has “all” the answers and how believers are the perpetuators of the worst crimes against humanity. Then, go out and make outrageous statements or point out how evil man can be and attribute that to religious people. Religious people are people with the same sins and weaknesses as other people. They try to the “good” thing and yes there is good and evil. If believers were perfect, they would be God and not human.

So, let’s address Danny’s statement, “Embryonic Stem Cells could have cured hundreds if not thousands of diseases and ailments by now but of course the church had to screw that up with its flawed and outdated system of "morals." Obviously, he is not dealing in reality but rather trying to reinforce his delusional view of the world. When you don’t agree with these types of folks they call you crazy. Again, crazy is usually defined that which is outside of the norm. So, since most people in the US believe in a God, who is outside the norm? Who is crazy?

Danny also has not read what the Founding Fathers stated about “Separation of church and state” or been to England which if you go there; you will understand what the Founding Fathers meant. In England, the name of your town was built around the church in the center of the town. There was the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church and the battles between the sects. So, the founding Fathers did not want a church to be the center of the community determining policy. However, the Founding Fathers were religious and believed in God and the examples are too numerous to document here.

Danny states religion is a “False hope,” and I say only to those who don’t believe. Science has been proven time and time again to be wrong. As new theories are put forth, older ones are but to rest. Science is an approximation of what we think is happening. In my life, I have seen many scientific theories rethought. So, as humans we seek the truth and science is the most logical way to pursue those things earthly. Religion on the other hand is not an exact science but worthy of debate just as much as a scientific theory. The problem with the religious theory of eternal life is you won’t get the answer until you are dead and unlike scientific theory, it will never change and the consequences are permanent.

There is definitely a GOD and the greatest minds in the world have come to that conclusion. Though Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal GOD he did believe in Intelligent Design. "In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views." – Albert Einstein. Where Einstein and Danny miss the boat is the existence of Evil. Specifically, Danny says, Evil doesn't exist, so sin cannot exist. Wrong is one part of evil. I have seen evil and wrong will never fully describe it. Evil does exist in churches and in the world, but Danny only wants to point at the evil churches have done. What Hitler did was evil? It was beyond wrong. When a mother drowns her kids that is evil. Why someone steals or tells lies that is wrong. I may not be able to define evil no more than Danny can define wrong, but GOD gave us a conscience and some of us chose to ignore it.

To me, the bible is like a manual, you don’t have to follow it, but your body and soul won’t operate properly without. No matter what your religious believes just like in science there are rules that if you don’t follow them, you will pay the consequences. However, unlike science, you can’t keep learning new tricks to redefine the laws.

While there may be differences in interpreting the bible, it is clear to me; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Any difference in Christian believes outside of that statement is mute to me.

Danny, God loves you, but it doesn’t mean you will have a place in heaven. If you are right, then why do you care about us who believe? Are you saving us from something? Believers are usually happier and more productive members of society. True believers are happier, live wonderful lives and try to give everyone else their joy. Your point of view doesn’t promise joy or eternal life, but rather, the lonely knowledge that no matter what you do, you will have no significance in this world or the next. For us believers everyday is a challenge to do God’s work; to hate the sin but lover the sinner, to fight the good fight, to provide hope in a chaotic world full of evil, and to live eternally with a loving GOD. May the peace of the Lord be with you and you find a purpose in life besides attacking believers.
     
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