I received the following terse email just mere moments ago:
From: Don McClure <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Les Jenkins
Subject: Creation in the 21st century?
It’s proven that carbon 14 dating is a farse and if you want to believe you came from primates, be my guest. but i on the other hand believe that I was created by a HIGHER BEING or INTITY.( GOD )
THEY SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET THEM FREE! IF YOU KEEP READING AND STUDYING YOU WILL EVENTUALLY COME TO THE TRUTH.
Well that certainly wasn’t very convincing, but at least it wasn’t very time consuming either. Just enough to give me a quick chuckle as I dashed off a reply that asked for the proof of his claims.
Update: Don actually replied:
THAT’S WHAT THOMAS SAID TO MARY “SHOW ME THE PROOF”. THEN WHEN JESUS WAS THERE BEFORE HIM (THOMAS) & HIS EYES BEHELD THE SAVIOUR AND THOMAS PUT HIS HAND IN THE SPEAR WOUND ON JESUS’S SIDE, THEN “DOUBTING THOMAS” TOO BELIEVED. JESUS TOLD THE DESCIPLES “Y’ALL ARE BLESSED ‘CAUSE YOU BELIEVED BY “FAITH” BUT GOOD OLE THOMAS HERE HAD TO SEE ME FIRST WITH HIS OWN EYES!(paraphrased into Kentuckian lingo) Either your eyes will be opened to the fact that there is a God or maybe you are one of them the Bible refers to as the group of people that are predestined to be “blinded”. I pray you are not. Can you honestly SPIRITUALLY afford to NOT believe that there is a GOD? What exactly DO you believe?
When I asked for proof I was actually referring to his claim that carbon 14 dating had been proven, as he put it, to be a “farse.” I replied back explaining this, but told him that it would be pretty cool if he could arrange to have Jesus show up and let me put my hand in his spear wound.
Update 2: He’s back for more….
I personally cannot arrange for JESUS to drop in on you. Only YOU can arrange that, if you really want HIM. YOU CAN “CHAT” WITH HIM ANY TIME YOU WANT TO. YES GOD IS SMART ENOUGH TO TELL THE DIFFERENCES IN FAITH. FAITH COMES FROM THE HEART & GOD KNOWS OUR HEARTS. I NOTICED EVERYTIME YOU REFERRED TO GOD YOU TYPED A CAPITAL “G” WHICH MEANS “REVERENCE”. OR ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT YOU ARE AN ATHIEST. IF YOU CLAIM TO BE AN ATHIEST, LET ME TELL YOU THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN ATHIEST BECAUSE TO STATE THAT ONE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN “GOD” IN ITSELF ADMITS THERE IS A “GOD ” NOT TO BELIEVE IN.
It’s getting a bit pathetic now. Too much like shooting fish in a barrel. He’s reciting from the kid’s edition of the Big Book of Converting the Heathens at this point.