Christianity based on love

Editor:

I’m quite certain that Char LaFollette is perfectly capable of defending herself against Nathanael Blake. However, I cannot allow the case to rest without questioning his recent self-appointment as the spokesman for “orthodox Christianity,” whatever that is.

He made it sound like love and compassion were not part of the Christian belief system, yet nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus was the very epitome of love and compassion and even got into trouble with the religious elite for consorting with “publicans and sinners,” meaning the poor and outcast of society.

In fact, in the story of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25:31-46, he makes it very clear that those who do not practice love and compassion will be eternally punished regardless of salvation offered by a mythical “lamb of God.” Remember it was Jesus who claimed to be the Messiah. It was the Apostle Paul later who borrowed the notion of a savior from the Mithraism of the pagan Greeks and Romans and applied it to Jesus.

In fact, love and compassion is the only religious idea that can truly be said to be universal. Some version of the Golden Rule is found in Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Confucianism, Taoism and virtually all other belief systems.

While Mr. Blake may be incited to defend what he calls “orthodox doctrine,” I am dedicated to defending the truth. Religious myth disguised as truth is really not truth at all.

And again, in the interest of fair play and open, public debate, I offer my personal contact information for anyone, including Mr. Blake, who has the courage to discuss these issues face to face. You may contact me at 422 Holley Road in Sweet Home; at my phone number, 367-8768; or my e-mail, [email protected].

Keith Cantrell

Sweet Home

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