Reader's View: Don’t prematurely abandon quest for truth
Few would quibble with the headline on a July 11 letter: “Don’t assume everyone’s beliefs are same.” More obvious it could not be.
The letter seemed to reject the possibility of “a supernatural being in charge of everything,” limiting understanding to that which can be proven scientifically. Beyond the observation that scientific query often concludes with inconclusive conclusions dressed up as facts, a more-open mind can see the possibility that there is truth beyond science.
Of all the contrary belief systems, religious or otherwise, could one be true? Permit skeptics to earnestly contend, for the benefit of fellow skeptics, that Bible-based Christianity is reliably true.
To remain an unbeliever, you must ignore your remarkably intricate and complex surroundings, both immediate and heavenly, which clearly indicate design and not random chance.
You must ignore the perfect unity of the Bible; 66 books, written by more than 40 authors of various occupations, in diverse locations, spanning 1,600 years, and in three languages about one central topic: Jesus Christ — without error or contradiction.
You must ignore the corroboration of archaeological findings and historians who lived during Jesus’ time on earth.
You must ignore the unique history of Israel, God’s unfolding promise to preserve the Jewish people, plus hundreds of precisely fulfilled prophecies.
You must ignore how personal observation lines up with scripture: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness,” as the Bible states.
You must ignore that the Bible uniquely emphasizes what God, through Jesus Christ, did for sinful man — not what man must do for God.
Finally, you must ignore the testimony of Jesus Christ. Jesus is either a liar, a lunatic, or the savior. Which do you believe?
The letter claimed that “faith” keeps “people from asking questions.” Could it be the quest for truth was abandoned prematurely?
Wayne C. Anderson