Letter: Roots of faith

January 25, 2014 

There has been a discussion on faith prompted by Michael Smith's Jan. 8 letter. It asks the question, "What is faith?" Do I accept God or believe in creation only by faith? Perhaps, but it is just the reality of life. Evolution science is just a hypothesis. A hypothesis is a suggested explanation for an observable phenomenon. In science, a theory is a tested, well-substantiated explanation for a set of verified hypotheses. A theory is always backed by evidence; a hypothesis is only a suggested possible outcome and is testable and falsifiable.

The evolution scientist interprets or fabricates evidence to support his assumption. It would be a stretch to even call it a hypothesis.

People often say, "I don't believe it will happen, therefore it will not happen," "I don't believe in God, so there is no God." Harry Truman didn't believe Mount St. Helens would erupt, but it did. The people of New Orleans didn't believe hurricane Katrina would destroy their city, but it did. I don't think that the airplane in which I am flying will crash, but that doesn't mean it won't. Every day, we live by faith. Is that faith rooted in reality or ignorance?

CHARLES ROBINSON, Prosser

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