Reader Response

Reader Response

October 29, 2013

Really Special

Thank you for the special issue “1888: What Happened? And Why Should You Care 125 Years Later” (Oct. 10, 2013). This was the best Review I’ve read in years. Usually the Review has several good articles, but this issue had a dozen or more excellent articles that every Adventist should read.

What a shame that the Review goes to only 23,117 paid subscribers. I can’t see how a loyal Seventh-day Adventist can be without the Review. I read each issue from cover to cover. Keep up the good work.

–Carroll Brauer
Hendersonville, North Carolina

Morals and Social Sciences

Regarding “The Prophetic Rendezvous of 1844” (Oct. 17, 2013): We are rightly concerned about the teaching of Darwinism as fact in our society, but something else can be worse, namely, popular social sciences: psychology and psychiatry.

As pre-med majors we had to take two largely useless courses in psychology. In med school psychiatry training was only terminology, nothing practical. Of all the medical specialties, psychiatrists have the most drug addiction, sexual perversions, and mental illness.

In the U.S. Army men suffering guilt and pangs of conscience were sent to a psychiatrist who taught them to drop their conscientious scruples. Then they could be at peace. Morals are said to be the standards of a given culture. Psychiatry offers no absolutes of right and wrong, though we sense them innately. As all popular psychiatry has some errors or limitations, should Christians not build on the sure word of God?

Sigmund Freud, led by Hegel’s philosophy, developed a 400-hour life history called “psychoanalysis.” Like a father confessor, he would “dig for dirt” in someone’s life until he found it. Though brilliant in diagnosis, Freud admitted that he never helped anyone. In our time he is regarded as the kingpin of psychiatry.

Psychology is too closely related to religion and character to be seen as irrelevant to Christians.

–Maurice K. Butler
Morrison, Tennessee

Living Like Christ

I was impressed by Bill Knott’s editorial, “Citizenship Test” (Oct. 10, 2013). It highlighted the fine line we have to uphold the truth while being Christ-like. And the truth is that we cannot walk this line on our own. Through the presence of the Holy Spirit in the heart we are enabled to stand for truth and be peaceable. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Christ always spoke the truth, clearly and firmly, but never with an argumentative spirit. As Knott wrote, it is not about winning; truth can stand for itself because it is the truth, and nothing can change that. The moment we recognize what Ellen White wrote in The Ministry of Healing, no two people see exactly alike, and if we are certain that our fellow believers equally love the Lord and are earnestly seeking Him, all we have to do is present the scriptures lovingly and pray for one another. God gives meat in due season; He brings conviction and understanding at varying times in our lives as we cooperate with Him.

We are to uphold each other, pray fervently for each other, unwilling that any of us should go astray or be deceived. It is not always a perfect understanding of every truth at the same time that determines those who are children of God. It is the heart that is filled with the Love of Jesus, manifesting His character and obeying His commands that the Lord recognizes. . . .

Thanks for calling our attention to this topic.

–Jessica Esochaghi

No Gaps With God

Regarding Clifford Goldstein’s article, “The God of the Gap” (Sept. 19, 2013):

My favorite atheistic “gap filler” is the phrase “the brain interprets,” as in: “The brain interprets electrochemical signals as pain.” Which brings me to the Achilles heel of all atheistic science: that it is pain insensitive at all levels of complexity.

The building blocks (the chemical elements and electromagnetism) are pain insensitive in every known sense of the word, and the laws of assembly (the laws of covalent and ionic bonding and electromagnetism, etc.) do not produce pain sensitivity, but rather cause spatial and time variation, changes in bonding energy, bonding angle, entropy, boiling point, etc.

The only evidence I have that pain exists is experiential and anecdotal. I know that I experience pain, and you tell me that you do too. I believe you. The impossibility of atheistic pain agrees perfectly with Genesis 2:7, where pain cannot exist without the supernatural breath of life.

So if anyone expresses the opinion that God does not exist and that atheists are right, don’t give some complicated argument, just tell them to pinch themselves.

“Ouch! This is just too good to be true! I can hardly believe it! I had to pinch myself!”

–George Day
Frankfort, Kentucky

Lifestyle and Longevity

I am writing regarding “A Living Testimony” (Page 7, Sept. 19, 2013): This article commends Sarah Davis as a testament to the Seventh-day Adventist lifestyle of abstinence from meat, alcohol, and cigarettes.

I felt this statement was rather misleading, since it clearly stated in the photocopy of the newspaper to the left, that Davis has been a vegetarian for only five years, but has abstained from pork, alcohol, and cigarettes throughout her life. That being said, she lived 100 years of her life while eating meat.

A person can live a healthy lifestyle whether they eat a balanced diet that includes clean meats, or if they choose to be a vegetarian. After all, there is more to living a healthy lifestyle than just diet.

–Dawn Glass
Red Lake Falls, Minnesota

A Welcome Message

Thank you for the story “Milkweed and Thistles” (Sept. 12, 2013). It’s just the counsel I need at this point in my life.

Things haven’t been easy lately, but as the author said, “The very worst of times can turn out to be the very best of times.” This has happened often in my life, but it helps to be reminded.

Satan wants us to become bitter and judgmental. But with Jesus we can change such tendencies into new growth that glorifies Him.

I thank the Lord Jesus for this article, and for the whole Review.

–Bettylou Moore
Brownsville, California