SIR - I should like to respond to Pastor Jonathan Evansâ€™ sermon, â€œTrust in God,â€ ( Opinion, last week).
He says that mankind is suffering because of its rejection of the â€œrealityâ€ of God. Well, the suffering is unquestionably real: The existence of God is not, in my opinion.
He points out the â€œterrible consequencesâ€ of rejecting Him. What about the millions who have accepted Him and suffered terribly despite their faith? What about the millions of faithless who donâ€™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: â€œIn a childâ€™s power to master the multiplication table, there is more sanctity than in all your shouted â€˜amensâ€™ and â€˜holy holysâ€™ and â€˜hosannahs.â€™â€
Now excuse me while I turn into a pillar of salt.
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