With reference to the letter ‘Origin of the earth’ (March 14), I am sure John Guillaumier concedes that when the author wanted to describe the origin of the world it was never intended to apply a scientific one but was confined to describe natural phenomena in a popular way as the ancient people described them.

And if the Bible is considered a literary work, it is also understandable that the author could make use of hyperbole, allegory, metaphors, irony and an abandoned use of symbolism.

No wonder that when you say the sun rises at 7am nobody tells you to brush up your English but you get your message through. It is indeed interesting and surprising that, in words of common use, we are sometimes still adherent to the culture prevalent at the time.

One can also understand why the scriptures depicted the earth as a flat disc because, at the time, people believed there was an abyss of water surrounding it.

While the terse studious treatise of the evolution of the earth by Guillaumier is fascinating, we can never have a complete and final explanation of its origin before we reach a cause that is not an effect, a cause which has not derived its existence from something else. This cause, which we designed the First Cause, accounts at once for the entire series of natural causes we choose to study and investigate.

This First Cause was not brought into existence but was self-existent and the self-existent source of all things (we call God). It is unthinkable that so orderly a creation could have sprung from chance or from any other intelligent cause.

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