[The following is a letter to the editor of the Oklahoma Gazette newspaper which I wrote in response to an extremely blasphemous article written by a Dr. Robin Meyers. Without first reading Dr. Meyers' article you cannot completely appreciate the wording of my letter. Nevertheless, I think you will find my letter informative and worth reading. --- Louis A. Turk]
Dr. Robin Meyers' article against capital punishment in the August 30, 2000 issue of the Oklahoma Gazette ("Wise Woman Walking") deserves some critical analysis.
First of all, note in his first paragraph that he views the subject from the evolution worldview; he "assumes" with a fervent but blind faith that evolution really has occurred, and that therefore the first chapter of the Bible is a myth. The two core beliefs of evolution are: (1) that God did not create life in the biogenesis (which means only life can begat life) manner the Bible says, but rather it spontaneously arose without parents from dead matter (this is termed abiogensis or spontaneous generation); and (2) that animals of one kind can and have given birth to animals of a different kind. Such events would indeed be miracles, for they are exactly the opposite of what is observed in nature today. When Dr. Meyers is prepared to show an example of either of these two miracles happening, please make a public announcement so we can all attend.
I would remind your readers that Louis Pasture proved both of these ideas wrong, and in so doing brought in the era of modern medicine. Looking through his microscope at tiny creatures reproducing, Pasture realized evolution was wrong. Pasture reasoned that if life only came from life, and if a kind of creature could only reproduce its own kind, then by determining a germ's kind and learning how to kill that kind without destroying its host, the disease it caused could be cured. These simple conclusions are the basis of all modern medical advances. After demonstrating one of his famous experiments disproving evolution, Pasture said:
Never will the doctrine of spontaneous generation recover from the mortal blow of this simple experiment....No, there is now no circumstance known in which it can be affirmed that microscopic beings came into the world without germs, without parents similar to themselves. Those who affirm it have been duped by illusions, by ill-conducted experiments, spoilt by errors that they either did not perceive or did not know how to avoid [Louis Pasteur as quoted in Vallery-Radot, The Life of Pasteur, translated by R.L. Devonshire (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923), 107-9].Evolution is not science, but a return to the dark ages of misdirected blind faith in pagan religion. Evolution is myth---a lie. Dr. Meyers' logic is therefore based on unprovable, false assumptions.
In his second paragraph Dr. Meyers makes another statement he cannot prove, and which I believe he knows is untrue (after all he has a doctorate, so one cannot give him credit for ignorance). He states that the Bible "does, and it doesn't" endorse the practice of capital punishment---it is the second part of that statement that he knows is untrue. He is implying, of course that there are contradictions in the Bible, and that therefore we should believe nothing it says. Below are a few verses showing the Bible does endorse---in fact, commands--- capital punishment for those proven guilty of certain crimes; it will be up to Dr. Meyers to show us where the Bible doesn't so teach.
Numbers 35:30 Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die. 31 Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death. 32 And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest. 33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. 34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.Why does the Bible command capital punishment for murderers? Because if a murderer is executed he will never murder again; taxpayers will not have to support him in jail thereby being effectively robbed again (it is evil to take food that could be used to relieve innocent children's hunger and give it to convicted felons), and it will make other potentially violent people fear to murder. If murderers don't fear to murder, then the rest of us must fear being murdered. Of course, as the above verses show, murder is not the only crime that deserves capital punishment. Many of your readers have had their homes broken and their lives shattered by adulterers who would have been far less likely to steal another person's mate had they feared it would have cost them their lives. Millions are dying of aides because of homosexuals being allowed to spread AIDS worldwide with their filthy practice of anal intercourse; in their method of sex they get human feces on themselves and contact and spread diseases. Many of them persist in this practice, knowing they are giving their sex partners an incurable disease. They are committing premeditated murder pure and simple, and God says they therefore deserve what? See Lev. 20:13 above. Sodomites will no doubt accuse me of hate crime for pointing out this verse---they believe so strongly in freedom of speech for none but themselves---, but it is they who are the violent, hateful ones. They are the ones who rape and murder little boys. It is they---not the Bible believers---who can only multiply by seducing other people's children. It was homosexuals---not Bible believers---that threatened to murder one of our city counsel members several years ago. Sodomy is a sin (crime). It is criminal activity in the same classification as murder, rape, robbery, and having sex with animals. Homosexuals no more deserve special protection by the government than robbers, murders, rapists, and drug users do. Homosexuals blame their criminal behavior on God, saying they were born that way, but God's word blames their behavior on their own choice to commit an abominable crime, and it is the duty of government to see that they pay the price for such wickedness.
Leviticus 20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him. 10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. 11 And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. 12 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them. 13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. 14 And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you. 15 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. 16 And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Now let us examine Dr. Meyers' logic in the third paragraph of his article. It must be stated that there is no point in trying to refute this kind of logic---it will not change the mind of any true believer in evolution such as Dr. Meyers. Evolutionary humanism (which is what Dr. Meyers is advocating) assumes that murderers should be protected so that they can murder again much as it assumes anal sex is normal. It is part of a worldview that also assumes a Big-Bang-created universe (a big bang blew the Federal Murrah Building to pieces, but Dr. Meyers' Big Bang was a miracle!), and assumes lightning striking the ocean as the origin of life, and assumes lizards have given birth to birds, and assumes men as inferior to women. By the way, nowhere in the Bible does it say that women are the inferior possessions of men, as Dr. Meyers states. Only a person who has never given the Bible a fair reading would believe that or any of the other blasphemous statements Dr. Meyers makes about what the Bible teaches. He is a blatant unbeliever, yet he implies that he is a Bible expert so that he can persuade those that do believe the Bible but never read it to believe just the opposite of what it says.
Let us see just how much of a Bible expert Dr. Meyers actually is. He states in paragraph 5 that Jesus "did not 'die for us'---rather, he was killed by us, by people just like you and me." Yet in I Corinthians 15:3-4 the Bible states clearly "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." Someone is not telling the truth, and somehow I do not think the liar is the Apostle Paul or God.
The facts of Christ dying on the cross for our sins, being buried, and rising again is the very most important teaching of Christianity; this is the gospel (meaning "good news") through which we can be forgiven of our sins and saved from sin's penalty (I Cor. 15:1-4). God is just---so just that all sin must be punished. Romans 3:23 tells us that "the wages of sin is death." Jesus took capital punishment for us so that we could be justified (made just as though we had never sinned in the eyes of God's law): "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit" (I Pet. 3:18).
Dr. Meyers says, "The idea that Jesus was the Paschal Lamb, the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God who had to be slaughtered to cancel out the sins of the world....The fact is, almost nobody believes this anymore." But God's Word says, "Christ our passover (from the Greek word "pascha") is sacrificed for us" (I Cor. 5:7). "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Most pagans are more subtle than Dr. Meyers. By his blunt blasphemy Dr. Meyers has done a great service to all your readers by making exceedingly clear that arguments rejecting capital punishment are based on athiesm and the rejection of the Bible. People who believe in a holy, righteous and just God have no trouble seeing the righteousness and justice of capital punishment.
To be consistent with humanist logic, Dr. Meyers will also have to advocate abortion---the premeditated murder of innocent babies. Such is the twisted thinking of the atheistic humanist religion: it is ok, even good---humanists think---to murder innocent babies, but criminals must be coddled and protected at all costs. Could such thinking arise because humanists themselves are criminals? Could it be that they are just attempting to make sure they themselves will not be punished for their crimes should they be caught?
Ignore humanists, for they are merely foolish pagans mocking.
Sincerely for the truth, Louis A. Turk, Ph.D.