Bible is historical, but not an almanac

2012-11-15T00:00:00Z Bible is historical, but not an almanac stltoday.com
November 15, 2012 12:00 am

I do not agree with Mr. Heger’s opinion ("Akin torpedoed his campaign by failing to understand science, sex and women," Nov. 8) that sincere born-again Christians fear sex and science as degrading to God.

We believe that the Bible is the word of God and written to teach us how he works and his plan of salvation for mankind. That is the basic synopsis of the Bible. It was not written as an almanac that says we must believe the world is “x” amount of years old. There are references in the Bible referring to a day as a hour, and that the wisdom of the world is foolishness in God’s sight. I believe that God created the world and all therein, and I believe that he could speak and make the Grand Canyon look as if it were billions of years old ... but it is not relevant to eternity. If evolution is part of the science curriculum, creation should be taught as an alternative form.

I agree that Mr. Akin’s choice of “legitimate rape” was wrong, but I do think he had in mind that God’s plan cannot be superseded by the plans of man. Two pronounced examples are found in Exodus and Matthew with the births of Moses and Jesus. In both cases the Egyptian Pharoah and Jewish King Herod, feeling they would be supplanted, ordered the deaths of all newborn Jewish males. God intervened, and both babies were spared. I believe as I read in Ecclesiastes 3 "there is a time for every purpose under heaven."

Free will is an integral part of human life, which includes having the choice to believe.

Dennis R. Bartels  •  Wentzville

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