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Writer distorts who people of faith are

 

April 25, 2017



Editor:

Personally, I’m tired of hearing from the radical left-leaning crime party, their misguided members, and also from their greatest propaganda machine, known as the Mainstream Media, which appears to have successfully brainwashed Diane Daiute.

In her recent letter to the editor (April 19), Diane, an atheist, grouped all religions in America together. That would be 28 large religious groups, 35 different Christian denominations, and 250 other kinds of religions. Then she claimed to know what all these religions teach and what their respective God demands.

She even claims to know what’s in each and every heart of the faithful.

She concluded that “they” are all selfish, biased, myopic, are singularly focused on God, are actively exploiting the world’s resources because they don’t care about the future of anyone else, and that they all wish to die to be with their God in this lifetime, which means they don’t care about leaving their children and grandchildren or any other being or creature on earth an opportunity to experience life.

And one more thing: None of these faithful should be allowed to be a Supreme Court judge, or be allowed to be president, or be allowed to be part of our government, or even be allowed to vote.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, only 3.1% of Americans identify themselves as atheists, 4 percent as agnostics, and 21 percent are either non-committal or don’t know. This means “people of (various) faiths” dominate the American landscape and are found in every walk of life, every type of business, in government, every creative or charitable venture, etc.

It’s an understatement to say that Diane’s comments are outrageous and insulting.

It’s fine to point out corruption, but no one has the right to put the blame on people of faith. All the good works done by every church congregation, charity, service club, and philanthropic organizations of all faiths, and the thousands of individual philanthropists of many faiths would be offended by her narrow-minded remarks.

I don’t know who Diane’s friends are, but the People of Faith who are a part of my life are generous, wise, compassionate, and many work tirelessly to make their community better and make their families better. Many of them donate time and money to help children and ensure they have a brighter future.

I’d like to know what Diane does to make her community better. It certainly doesn’t involve tolerance or concern for the thousands of people who have fought and died for their right to vote or their right to practice their own religion.

I am grateful for my right to vote, and I proudly voted for a man who is guided by a light brighter than his own.

Susan Angland

Sweet Home

Don’t judge all by

actions of few

Editor:

Regarding Diane Daiute’s letter of April 19: It is clear to me that this person has been greatly wounded by someone in the name of “Christianity.” I want to apologize for any wrong they have committed and hope that you can find a way to forgive them. Please don’t judge the actions of a few, to include the rest of us.

Yes, we serve only one God. But He is a God of love and life. He has gone to great lengths to give you the right to choose whether you will serve Him or not. We as Christians must also defend your right to choose. But your choice should not nullify my right to choose who I serve. We are all held accountable for the choices that we make and are responsible for our own actions.

As for separation of church and state, you will not find it in our Constitution or the Bill of Rights. It is mentioned in a personal letter to a Baptist Church that guaranteed them that the government would not meddle in the affairs of the church. Not that Christians were to stay out of government. You cannot separate one’s faith from how you conduct your life, because what you believe will come out in your actions.

Stacey Houtz

Sweet Home

There are answers – in the Bible

Editor:

Diane Daiute’s letter to the editor “Religion, politics make for an ‘unholy alliance,’” raises questions that Christian clichés cannot answer.

Diane alleged evil motives and actions, attributing them to religious “people of faith” and asserted such “should not be allowed on the Supreme Court or in Congress or be president, in my opinion.”

While it is true that even the best Christians believe better than they behave, America was not constructed to isolate government or society from religious influences. Furthermore, America does not have a religious test for public office.

“Frankly, these people frighten me,” Diane writes. Unstable people in authority can and do cause great damage. But there is more to fear than Christians (or atheists) in public office. Jesus tells us who to fear: “And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt.10:28)

Diane’s letter equates Muslims and Christians; this is tangled thought. Islam demands subjection by sword and for 12 centuries has persecuted Christians to set up a caliphate on earth. Diane equates this Muslim behavior with disciples of Jesus Christ, who answered Pilate, a Roman governor: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” (John 18:36) Sword and cross: do you see a difference?

Diane stated: “It’s so sad to see humans choose superstition …” But she appears to mean Christians. Yet Hindus, for example, have over 300 million “gods.” They make accompanying idols, each hatching superstitions.

Mark Twain said, “The Hindus consider everything sacred, except humans.” Meanwhile, biblical Christianity is not about superstition. Christians are instructed by the Apostle Paul, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

Diane asked a mocking “seems to me” question: that the God of the Bible “would be able to communicate his wishes with perfect clarity, don’t you think?” God has communicated with perfect clarity: in the Bible. “…the light of nature and the works of creation and providence manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, to such an extent that men are without excuse, yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and of his will which is necessary for salvation… Therefore the Holy Scripture is most necessary” (Westminster Confession of Faith of 1647, a very practical, systematic summary of what the Bible teaches).

God’s Word is truth.

Diane declares the sun, moon and earth are her solar, lunar and terrestrial “trinity.” Human sin has always involved worshipping the creation, not the Creator. Created things are not God. Those who give away God for idols will find that God gives them over to many sins.

When God gives a people over to sin, it is as though they are blinded at noonday. In Diane’s opinion, “god, if one exists, would be gender-fluid.” This is an example of making a god in one’s own image. The God of the Bible, by definition, is immutable – unchangeable in every aspect of His being.

The Bible declares, “None is righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

The remedy for human sin and guilt is not “science and reason,” as Diane alleges. Human need is deeper and different than what humans can bring.

A new life (eternal life) is required – faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice and resurrection pay the debt and appease eternal wrath due to each created, fallen human. This change is called regeneration, being born from above: the life of God in the soul of man.

“For God so” (in this way) “loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Peter Ready

Albany

Atheism is religion

without hope

Editor:

I feel so sorry for people like Diane Daiute.

I’ve been where she is now. I hated religious people getting in my face, I hated their arrogance, their beliefs in something I felt couldn’t be true. I hated it when they preached at me; however, when I told them about my beliefs, it wasn’t preaching – just a different point of view.

Sorry, Diane; your atheistic point of view is a religion also. It offers nothing You haven’t been where I am now and you can’t know the peace and comfort that can only come from knowing Jesus Christ.

I wish you did.

I will pray for you and keep on praying until the end is near.

I am sure you would be much happier relocating to some country where there is no faith-based religion, if you can find one.

God bless you, Diane, because your faith will not.

Jeani West

Sweet Home

Thanks for help

with egg hunt

Editor:

The Sweet Home Rotary Club would like to thank the community for an outstanding 26th annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Approximately 200 children and their families participated in the event at Sankey Park on April 15. The sunshine was fantastic and a good time was had by all.

The Rotary Club purchased 3,000 candy filled eggs and added another 144 eggs that were filled with special certificates that were provided by local food establishments. The club wants to thank the restaurants that generously donated to the event. It took about an hour to hide all of the eggs and it took about five minutes for the kids to find them all!

This event could not have happened without the help of the Sweet Home City Parks employees who spent hours helping prepare the park for the visit of the Easter bunny and all of the participants. In addition, we want to thank the Holiday Sportsman Princesses for helping hide the eggs and for their chaperoning of the Easter Bunny. The Sweet Home Junior High Interact Club was also a big help this year. These club members helped clean off graffiti from the bathrooms and play structures as well as helping with the hiding of the eggs.

As this year’s chairman of this event I also need to thank those who helped with the music, announcing and overall setup.

What a great Sweet Home Community event!

Larry Horton

Rotary Easter Egg Chairman

 
 
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