He presents an argument that would seem plausible to many; certainly his intellect and writing skills are admirable. The first time I read his letter I was momentarily jolted and shocked, as he intended. He definitely engaged and challenged us.
Now, my response to his letter.
I once spent a long season of delusion blinded by pride and self-assurance, while denying God’s part in anything good that had come into my life. That self-serving deception almost destroyed me. Fortunately, through the prayers of others, I came to my senses. Countless Christians could confess to similar personal failures and God’s enduring mercy.
If Jeff’s letter is a true picture of who he is, his pride and misled intellect are his own worst enemies. He doesn’t know truth because he hasn’t been open to the One who is truth. It’s only through Him that any of us understand.
Since he quotes Scripture, remember that the Word assures us that God will not be mocked and vengeance is “mine,” says the Lord. Contemptuous ridicule of the God of the universe – the One who hung the stars and orders each of our days – is blatant blasphemy, and high risk indeed. Each of our lives stand before God like a candle flickering in the wind. We should never overlook that. We should also know that science can not save any of us at the moment of our dying – nor can it be a savior any other time.
The Bible also tells us: “Bless those who curse you and pray for those who hate you.” Jeff’s letter has been cut out and kept to remind our family to pray for his repentance and redemption. We know God loves him, and we do too! He’s just badly deceived and in need of prayer. Many of us have been there. God can surely correct that. Undoubtedly he will be one of the most prayed-for people in the CSRA. And prayer definitely changes things!
In closing, Jeff should remember that we’re all ultimately required to play by God’s rules. He’ll let us choose to get outside the bounds, and He’ll adjust us with penalties – but none of us wants to be permanently disqualified.
I thank Jeff for his prayer request. We hear him and feel his need. He should know that help is ready and waiting to get him on the road to truth and life. He can call anytime.