From a Humanist Catholic - 01/12/2004
Hello, I am baptized Roman Catholic, but I do not agree with many of the things that Christians are taught to believe. I realize the rights of people to practice their beliefs and feel that they should be totally open to do so. I do consider myself a humanist because I have seen what the human race can do when it puts its mind to a task. I agree with not allowing Christianity into public schools. I feel that people should not be taught something they don't want to have to learn, but I believe that they should be allowed to practice their beliefs. And when it comes to creation vs. evolution, it is good that creation is no-longer taught. It is so provably wrong that it would not be correct to teach it as truth. I find that the bible and it's sayings are not things to be taken literally, they are more symbolic it teaching us how to live our lives. The creation story was created because people needed to know how things came to be, before they knew how they came to be. The bible should not be taken literally, as it was in actuality created by people, and not God. And when it comes to homosexuals, I fail to see what is the big deal. Personally, though I am not homosexual, I take offence to people trying to say that it is morally wrong. It cannot be wrong if there is nothing you can do about it. I am grateful that I live in Canada where we have had the insight to realize that it should not be illegal for two people of the same sex to be married. I just hope that the rest of the world will follow suit and put it's bigotry behind it.
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Hi Tyler. Thanks for writing to Contender Ministries. You consider yourself a humanist because you have "seen what the human race can do when it puts its mind to a task." Does that include genocide, rape, murder, and pedophilia? I personally don't find the human race all that appealing on its own. Even the humanists recognized this during World War II, which caused them to revise their view in writing Humanist Manifesto II. Humans are a fallen race, and we prove it daily. That's why we need salvation that comes only through Jesus Christ.
You say it's good that creationism is no longer taught in public schools, because "it is so provably wrong." Tell me, what are the proofs that creationism is wrong? If you can prove creationism false, you'd be the first human being to do so. No scientist has ever been able to do that. The evidence supports the biblical account of creation more than Darwinian evolution. The fossil record is on our side. Dr. David Raup, curator of geology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago stated that the “250,000 species of plants and animals recorded and deposited in museums throughout the world did not support the gradual unfolding hoped for by Darwin.” Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Robert A. Millikan, in a speech before the American Chemical Society, said, “The pathetic thing about it is that many scientists are trying to prove the doctrine of evolution, which no science can do.” Scientist L.T. More said, “The more one studies paleontology, the more certain one becomes that evolution is based on faith alone; exactly the same sort of faith which is necessary to have when one encounters the great mysteries of religion…the only alternative is the doctrine of special creation, which may be true, but is irrational.” These are imminent scientists, and they haven't been able to disprove creationism or prove evolution. But if you can prove the Genesis account false, I'd love to hear it.
Homosexuality is morally wrong, because God tells us it is wrong. It IS a choice, even though you claim otherwise. A psychological study was published that showed homosexuals can become heterosexual if they want to be -- and many have. It's not about bigotry, it's about right and wrong. It's about moral absolutes, which do not cease to exist simply because you do not believe in them.
Ben and Jennifer Rast