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Let us add to our day of celebration the International Day of Peace

To The Daily Sun,

Many will celebrate Veterans Day this week. It is a time to think not just about the military service of many, but also to be thankful for the millions of persons who gave service without a military uniform.

It was President Wilson who, in 1918, called the day Armistice Day and asked the nation to remember those who had died in service to our country and to make the day an opportunity for America to "show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation." In 1938 Congress called for the observance of Armistice Day in churches and schools, dedicating the day to the cause of world peace. In 1954 President Eisenhower asked us "to remember the sacrifices of those who fought in all our nation's wars and to rededicate ourselves to promoting enduring peace."

As we mourn our losses and celebrate our freedoms on the 11th of November, the last Monday in May and the Fourth of July, let us never forget the efforts of so many who give protection to our country and over the seas as well as those who engage in peacemaking activities around the world. Let us add to our celebrations the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Let us remember the spoken words of Quaker George Fox in 1651: "... let us live our lives and do our work to take away the occasion of all wars."

Susan Wiley

Sandwich

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God created the heaven & the earth 14.5 million years ago with 'big bang'

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to take a moment to comment on a recent letter posted from Mr. James Veverka concerning "creationists" and the belief that the earth is only thousands of years old. I understand completely where Mr. Veverka is coming from.

There are two very devious lies at the root of this confusing issue. The first lie is that there is no God and all life forms evolved, by chance, from random particle interaction. This lie is promoted by people who don't believe in God and have a very poor understanding of "true science". The second lie is that the Bible says God created the earth and the universe approximately 6,000 years ago. This lie is promoted by people who believe in God and have a very poor understanding of "true theology".

My explanations will be extremely brief considering the complexity of the subject matter but hopefully they will persuade people who read this letter to look more deeply into these two matters. I'm an engineer and scientist and for most of my life I tried to mix God with science because I believe in God but I also know that the earth and universe are more than 6,000 years old. I struggled with this and tried to mix evolution with the big bang with God, etc.

In March of 2010, my life was a disaster and I turned to God for help and became a Christian. God impressed upon me the truth that Jesus Christ is real and he gave his life for all of us so that we can be "saved" and go to heaven ... all we need to do is believe in Him! After being saved, I started reading the bible over and over from cover to cover. I studied Hebrew and Greek and realized that everything in the Bible is truth, but to fully understand the meaning of certain passages you must research them in their original scriptural language.

God created the universe and everything in it including physics, chemistry, and all of the physical sciences that support and explain the functioning of the universe. It's impossible for "true science" to disagree with "true theology.

So, here's my understanding ... in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1). This occurred approximately 14.5 billion years ago with a "big bang". The original earth was smaller, very swampy, the land masses were connected together, and the dinosaurs, that were created by God, lived upon it. Genesis (1:2) tells us that the earth was "formless and void". We know there was a gap of time between Genesis (1:1) and (1:2) because the book of Isaiah (45:18) tells us that God did not create the earth "formless" but that he created it to be inhabited. It's believed that the fall of Satan is what caused the earth to become "formless and void". God then "fixed" the formless and void earth approximately 6,000 years ago in six 24 hour days starting at Genesis (1:3). This included "creating" all current living creatures and plant life.

As for the theory of evolution ... it was proven to be impossible decades ago with the discovery of DNA as well as a rudimentary understanding of the incredibly complex inner workings of the living cell. The DNA code is more complex and elegant than anything known in the universe. DNA has been indexed but its true inner workings are not yet understood. The living cell contains dozens of totally interrelated and interdependent "micro-machines" that perform miraculous tasks at a microscopic level. If any one part of the living cell is taken away, it will cease to function. This is called "irreducible complexity" and alone negates the possibility of evolution.

I hope and pray that everyone who reads this will ask God for help in finding the truth. My wife and I have a free website (Christian Resource Center of New Hampshire) that has topical commentaries and videos that explain these issues thoroughly (www.crcnh.org).

Scott Joyce

Belmont

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