An insult to people of faith
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An insult to people of faith

I refer to John Guillaumier’s letter ‘Foolish believers’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 6).

Besides insulting the majority of readers because of their faith, it was indeed jarring to publish his unbelief in God on Epiphany Day of all days, when “All kings shall pay homage, all nations shall serve him”. And further on, “from fraud and violence he shall redeem them and precious shall their blood be in his sight”.  The mention of those horrendous calamities, Psalm 71 have been splashed in all papers throughout the years – ad nauseam. Yet, everyone knows that along with heresy, we can expect calamities at any moment. The population of the world will never see peace this side of heaven. When such trage­dies happen it is more than a barometric or climate change. The universe is passing through the final hours before delivery, because nature is a pregnant creation. Painful contractions are forecast.

When ecological catastrophes dominate the day, do not let them disturb you. Just take heart and take note of the words in Matt 24-6:8: “You will hear of wars and rumours of war but make sure you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains”. Jesus resonates throughout his lifetime (14 times): “See to it that you are not alarmed. Keep your head and don’t panic.”

With such spiritual bailouts, it is clear and unequivocal that when there is worldwide persecution and ecological turmoil, bra­very and faith are indispensable: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10). That is God’s promise.

I thought that the simmering debate about God’s existence contrived by Mr Guillaumier was dead and buried. There are indeed a variety of reasons and positions to prove that there is a powerful case for God but I cannot go into details about this matter because of the length of this letter.

However, a simple natural line of thought has always fascinated me. If you happen to spot a pebble on a sandy beach, you are liable to think that it has been there since creation. But if you see a wrist watch, your consideration will be different.

How much more jaw dropping and awesome is the entire universe bound together into one vastly complicated whole, a marvellous structure of living things and a most beautiful system of sun, planets and comets which could not have come into existence without the design and ownership of a Being at once intelligent and powerful (Isaac Newton).

It is unthinkable that so orderly a creation could have sprung from chance or from any unintelligent cause we choose to name.

I expect Mr Guillaumier to continue the debate if possible.

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