Moral code

Joseph Bulmer

SIR - I should like to respond to Pastor Jonathan Evans’ sermon, “Trust in God,” ( Opinion, last week).

He says that mankind is suffering because of its rejection of the “reality” of God. Well, the suffering is unquestionably real: The existence of God is not, in my opinion.

He points out the “terrible consequences” of rejecting Him. What about the millions who have accepted Him and suffered terribly despite their faith? What about the millions of faithless who don’t suffer terribly?

I wonder if the Pastor is aware of the significance of his title? Pastor is a synonym for shepherd. I would urge all those in his flock who know themselves not to be sheep, to shake off their fleeces and recognise themselves as human beings with a wonderful evolved capacity for rational thought and a moral code born of reason, not blackmail.

To quote Spencer Tracy as lawyer Henry Drummond in the brilliant Inhererit the Wind: “In a child’s power to master the multiplication table, there is more sanctity than in all your shouted ‘amens’ and ‘holy holys’ and ‘hosannahs.’”

Now excuse me while I turn into a pillar of salt.

Helen Rimmer,