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March 13, 2007

Bible is right, there is hell

To the editor:

"Opinion is no excuse to leave facts in the dust" By G. F. Miller in the Herald-Mail March 10 edition ignores context of his fixated perceived opinion.

Miller takes a statement of truth about no more sorrow, crying and pain and applies that verse to eternal damnation. That verse is not associated with judgment. It is associated with those that enter into everlasting fellowship with Jesus, the Lord of Lord?s and King of King?s.

There is nothing in the Bible to indicate anyone is obliterated. Everyone will following Satan to the depths of hell or Jesus to the New Jerusalem; which, by the way is not my opinion, but Scripture.


As a Christian when Jesus said, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:"

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment but the righteous into life eternal. Which means everlasting punishment of fire and brimstone is to be, believed.

Let's see what John says in context, "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire, this is the second death." The death part of this punishment is the separation from God, eternally.

The bottom line is you can take over 200 verses out of context in relation to the seven judgments or ignore the facts to project a fell good opinion that deceives. Amen.

Phillip M. Snider
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Who would choose nonexistance?

To the Editor:

Mr. Miller infers (letter of March 10) that hell is an opinion for many of us. I acknowledge its possibility by objective examinations of Bible versions I have been exposed to (KJV, NKJV, NASB, TEV, NIV, NLT). Mr. Miller has brought to my attention other versions and I want to learn more about their development. I believe God can use portions of whatever version He wants to get His message to people. Though each version has it limitations, God does not have limitations in accomplishing His purpose. We don't worship the Bible, but the God of the Bible.

Can we agree for now that after this life no one wanting good for themselves would choose misery or nonexistence? I don't even know how to conceptualize wanting to be with a God who torments eternally or extinguishes people I may know. I need trust what I do know about God (His sacrificial love for people) for what I don't understand.

In John 17 Jesus defines eternal life as: "that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus, whom you have sent." (v.3) He indicates a quality of relationship rather than a quantity of time, and I should choose Jesus based on who He is. To choose to just avoid "hell" would compare to a man marrying a woman just for sexual relationship or a woman marrying a man for his money.

Recently one of my husband's co-workers died from heart problems during the workday and was gone from this world eternally. It brought the real emphasis on the imminence of departure from this life. We were comforted that he believed Jesus is the Resurrector and Redeemer for all who ask Him.

Sharon Womack

Free will comes into play

To the editor:

I read the letter published on February 18, by Jeanne Jacobs, with interest and, to a certain extent, despair. This letter claims that God takes "days off, " The writer goes on to list several examples of this theory, to which I would like to take exception, for I hope that you may come to see that God does not ever take "a day off " when it comes to human affairs, that in fact this concept is not applicable. It all has to do with Free will.

The first example we are given as proof of this theory is the advent of hurricane Katrina ( Though why Adam, Camille, or any other natural disaster ...etc are not mentioned I cannot say). Firstly God was indeed paying attention, and did prepare mankind for this occurrence. Along with free will, we have been given intelligence, and inventiveness, resulting in technology. Said technology enabled men to detect the on-coming storm, and to warn those in its path of impending danger.

All in New Orleans received this warning, and were advised to take appropriate steps to ensure their continued existence. Now, there enters this variable called "free will" in the form of this question: To evacuate or not. Most chose, of their own "free will" to evacuate, some did not.

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