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Date: Fri, 03 Dec 2004 15:24:43 -0800
From: Thomas Chimick <>
Subject: Exchange of Views
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I appreciated our exchange of views last Sunday on Willingdon Avenue.  We have been praying for you.  I appreciate some of your reasoning, as I held many similar beliefs for the first 33 years of my life.  I was a very doubting Thomas.  Fortunately a number of different people planted seeds of faith in my life. 

A number of circumstances let me to faith.  When our son was in public middle school, he was hanging out with the wrong crowd and developing a very rude attitude, especially towards his mom.  I recalled a Pastor who had been in a Toastmasters (public speaking) club doing a speech on how they brought their church youth to Mexico on a house building project.  That sounded to me like something that would benefit our son, so we started attending that Pastor's small church.  Over the next year I started to listen to the Pastor's sermons, and started reading a Bible.  Then at a summer family camp on Keats Island, suddenly the faith discussions started to sound true to me.  At that point I accepted Jesus by faith, and since then His spirit has been working in my life.  I have a become a better husband to my wife, a better father to my kids, a better boss to my employees, and much more sympathetic than I used to be.  I am still far from being perfect, but my faith has led me to be a better person, and I continue to grow as a person.  How can this be wrong? 

I look at the beauty around us, and it's difficult for me to comprehend how this was all caused by some random occurrences.  Evolution does not explain how the world was created in the first place, and does not explain adequately how the first man was formed.  If we evolved from apes, why can't this transformation be repeated?

I was disappointed with all of the profanity on your web site.  It is difficult to have any serious debate with such insulting language.  I encourage you to clean up your web site so that you can search for truth without unduly offending people.  I also encourage you to read the whole Bible.  Any "apparent" contradictions in the Bible can be understood when the Bible as a whole is read in context.  I am far from having a perfect biblical understanding, but Willingdon Church has very strong teaching, and they encourage everyone to do their own personal studies, to uncover God's truth.  You seem to have a strong passion for your "atheist" cause.  What if you are wrong and the Bible is true?  It would be wrong not to let them believe!  Just to make sure, take another look at the Bible, and read the whole Bible, or start with the whole New Testament.  While you read, consider the possibility, however remote by your reasoning, that the Bible could be true.  As a self-proclaimed Messiah, you owe it to any of your followers to be sure.

Hopefully I have planted a seed of doubt in your doubt!


Tom Chimick