By Letter to the Editor on February 7, 2018.
Re: “Obeying the Gospel is life changing,” Jan. 2
Firstly, I would challenge you to put forth even a handful of prophecies, let alone hundreds, that are not ambiguous to the point of absurdity and that have not been interpreted in so many ways over the last 20 centuries as to be logically useless, simply an older version of the kind of information you find inside fortune cookies or the daily horoscopes. Not only that, but science would clearly dispute a virgin birth in that era (long before artificial insemination) as well as numerous other claims, ie. a world flood that covered all but a few mountain tops.
As to the free will, it doesn’t matter one way or the other. With or without it, an all knowing being would know what was going to happen. Therfore, he/she/it would have known about upcoming the mass murder and did nothing to prevent it. Its either that or you would have to concede to a god that is not all knowing. I’ll let you choose for yourself but in either case, you believe your God committed mass murder on an epic scale (including of course newborn children). I don’t see that as “loving.” The whole Jesus thing is silly too. When have you heard of any obviously un-God-like human being feeling the need to kill his own child in order to forgive someone else? It has been my experience that the vast majority of very un-God-like human parents are far more compassionate, loving, kind, and forgiving toward their children and just about anyone else than your God is.
On a happy note though, you do seem to recognize the existence of DNA and you admit to obvious physical differences of various groups. Now all you have to do is try to wrap your mind around the concept of this admittedly slow progression happening over hundreds of millions of years. Cheers!
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