Over the last few years I have had several exchanges with a rather infamous YEC-opposer who I will not name out of respect. Today I wrote him this letter letting him know my reasoning for ceasing communication with him. Although I am sure many YECs and YEC organizations have long banned him for his manipulative actions, I held out hope (and still do) because I knew more of his personal situation. I post this letter here to give another example of how to properly address those who vehemently oppose us.
I am writing this to let you know that this will probably be our last communication. At times it has been a pleasure dialoging with you and at other times it has been disturbing. In the beginning I was shocked to see your mass emails. They seemed wildly inappropriate and often times derogatory. You came across as a disgruntled armchair science enthusiast on a mission rather than a genuinely interested learner in search of an educated discussion of ideas.
Over the years we have had sincere exchanges, but the majority was non-productive. I truly feel for your physical and mental issues that confine you. Learning of those helped me understand how you have so much time available for your mission. I realize that you, like many other agnostics or atheists, lost hope in the idea of a God because of the deterioration you saw in your own life as well as those around you or the world in general. In your mind, if there is a God, then He is horrible for the suffering he allows in the world. That is why I continued communication with you for so long. I hoped you would see the truth of young-earth creation.
Christianity in general, outside of YEC, cannot properly answer your accusations towards God. In an old-earth, evolutionary Christianity – God is the author of suffering, pain, disease, mental illness, and death long before man even comes on the scene. I too would blame God! Biblical creation paints a 100% different picture. God is not to blame. Man is. We broke His perfect creation he entrusted to us. We now all suffer cause of that. I think you know this. That is why you fight it! No one wants to blame themselves. It is always easier to blame someone else.
Let me be clear though – you are not suffering necessarily because of your own sinfulness. You are suffering because we live in a world full of sinfulness that has accumulated deteriorations for thousands of years and a world that has been handed over to Satan. When you see it from that perspective, then you know the answer. You know the good news. You know the redemption. But that good news didn’t hold up to you because you couldn’t reconcile the suffering with this concept of a good God.
Yes, you didn’t want to do what you felt was compromising on science issues, but really that was a side matter. You had already decided there was no God out there because of your suffering. I am done debating YEC with you. You’ve heard the arguments and of course they are not convincing when you are not even open to the concept of God. I truly do care for you, but the Bible also tells me to dust my heels off and move on with those who will not listen. I will let you know that when you are truly ready and willing to honestly and openly explore this topic again, I am here for you.
I sincerely am sorry for your suffering. I can’t imagine what you go through. But I do know the healer, that no matter our situations we find ourselves in – offers perfect peace. He never says all things will be great this side of eternity, just that we can have eternal peace beginning now. I know you are angry. I will continue praying for you my friend. Take care.
“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” – Matthew 10:14 (NIV)