Harry Short’s latest attempt to engage Bible believers (“Flaws in letter about history,” March 9) comes in an attack on the inaccurate calendar used in the past concerning the birth date of Jesus Christ.
Calendars, however, are not inspired by God and do not have any relevance to the fact that Jesus was born. Our calendar has been changed several times and by various people such as Julius Caesar, Caesar Augustus and Pope Gregory. In America, the calendar was last changed in 1752, when Sept. 3 was followed by Sept. 14. Eleven days were dropped.
Somehow the question of the exact date of Christ’s birth and Mr. Short’s discovery that we have “. . . come to realize through the recent abundance of space exploration, there is really no such thing as a God . . .,” leads him to want to change our currency. Therefore he concludes that, “In God We Trust” should be changed to “In Science We Trust.”
I must admit the logical flow of thought to Mr. Short’s conclusion escapes me.
The most important element of Christ’s ministry is not when he was born, but rather that he died for our sin, rose from the dead on the third day and sits in the presence of God the father forever more. Second, in spite of all that we have learned in space exploration, we have more questions now than before we began exploring. To say that there is no God based on the little that we know about outer space, is like taking a cup of water from off the dock in Suisun City and declaring there are no whales. Third, if you plan to question the faith of others, please tighten your logic. There appears to be a few bolts loose from Mr. Short’s general premise to his conclusion.
The Rev. Art Zacher
Berean Baptist Church