The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
Letter from James Hill Concerning Belief in God and Creation - 21 Apr 2003
Hello :) ..
Just wondering do you believe God created the earth and everything in it? .. and proven scientific fact that evolution and the big bang actually created it..
Please have a go at persuading me that god is real? .. i'd love to see what you say...
The fact that the bible is stupidly hard to believe .. parting seas etc....it was produced by a group of scholars to keep the people at bay.. and i admire that.. its done its job..
I see religious people as having to rely on other means. and not themselves..
The western community is turning into an atheist majority.. I live in a town in England of over 15000 people.. and of my generation I know no one who isn't an atheist.
I respect opinions of religious people.. and I'm not going against your views... just please try and convince me that when you die, you go onto something better... because its obviously not true :) .. even though we would all like to believe it deep inside.
Reply from Frank L. Hoffman
Thank you very much for your letter and for your questions. I'll do my best to answer them.
There are really two theories of how the universe came into existence, and neither of them can be absolutely proved. It doesn't matter whether we start with the big bang or the voice of God speaking everything into existence. The important thing we should look at is whether or not there is an intelligent order to what present exists, and there most definitely appears to be. The Bible tells us that this is the key to understanding the presence of God (Romans 1:20).
One of our other problems is that we make the Bible far to much of a "science book" when in fact it is intended to be a way of bringing us to a Godly way of living, and into a personal relationship with God.
Another problem we have is that we want physical proof of the spiritual realm, which we cannot have. However, every so often we get a glimpse into this realm. Many people who have had an near death experience have witnessed themselves separated from their bodies and being able to look back upon it. I happen to be one of these people, and that experience some 45 years ago is one of the factors that opened my mind up to accept God's existence, even though it took many years to come to fruition. I know what happened to me, but I can't prove it, today, or to the Air Force medical staff when it happened, even though I was able to describe everything that was going on, even beyond my normal (physical body's) field of vision.
We, and the other animals just don't act and feel like spontaneously formed physical components. There is something more. I believe that it's part of what the Bible refers to as spirit and soul. The Hebrew sages referred to this as being living souls (neh-fesh khak-yawh).
So, if we do indeed have souls and spirits, then this is a form of proof of the spiritual realm, and if such a realm exists, then God and heaven most likely exist, too, as I believe they do.
This simple answer cannot come close to addressing everything going on in your mind, and no matter how hard I try, I can't "listen" to what you're thinking. All I can do is try to address a few of the issues you presented. And, I hope it helps.
We look forward to hearing from you again.
In the Love of the Lord,
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