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October 22, 2011

Bible and other religions don’t mix

To the editor:

Ed Poling’s article in the Oct. 16 edition was written to address concerns another writer had in the opinion section Oct. 1. I do remember enough of that article that I agreed with the writer’s concerns.

Poling quoted the Interfaith Coalition’s mission statement as “to bring together people from all faith traditions in order to promote peace, respect and compassion among all God’s people ... and affirm our common ground in the Eternal.”

Really? As a Christian pastor, wouldn’t Poling be better off sharing the hope and peace with these other “faith traditions” that is found only in Jesus Christ? How can Poling honestly promote peace or even proclaim that these folks of other “faith traditions” have peace with God when the Bible says otherwise? The Bible tells us that people are separated from God and are actually enemies of him and that God’s wrath abides on those who do not trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. So what peace is Poling referring to and trying to promote?

Poling also suggests through the organization’s mission statement that all “faith traditions” are “all God’s people.” Really? Yes — all humanity is given life by God, but not all of humanity are the children of God. The Bible tells us that those who have trusted in Jesus Christ are the only true children of God.

The Apostle Paul never compromised when it came to telling the truth, especially when he was confronted by other “faith traditions.” He told the people of Athens the truth about God and about Jesus Christ when he addressed them about their gods.

Paul didn’t form an Interfaith Coalition and try to focus on what could “unite them.” Nope — he was so focused on the truth that is found only in Jesus Christ and proclaiming it, that it brought beatings and other horrific tortures.

Poling needs to be very careful in promoting something that is biblically wrong. He should hold to the teachings of the Bible.

John Bartlett
Greencastle, Pa.

A home is more than a bedroom

To the editor:

Over the last 90 years some things have changed little in American life. Football is played with 11 men on a side (although I understand some places have seven on a side), drivers still drive on the right side of the road and a majority of church services are still held on Sunday. Although open for debate, I feel one thing that has changed is that in 2011 many individuals have, almost every moment, scheduled in some activity. Some would say they have no choice. With all the modern conveniences as compared to 90 years ago it would seem we should have more free time.

In 2011 many homes are not places to be lived in, only slept in. The nurturing aspect of a home should not be discounted. I believe the human spirit recognizes love and hope. I believe without hope we lead an empty life. Something we all need is human contact, especially in our families. See if you can employ technology less and human contact more. I believe you will have no regrets.

Examine if there is hope in your life. Understandingly with present conditions, monetary hope may be unrealistic. However, many of us can hope that a relationship can be improved.

I personally know a family that has been fractured for many years. Now they are beginning to take steps to become a family again. Nothing could be more positive. Hope is alive in this family.

I encourage all through hope and love to make your home a place that is more than slept in.

Meredith Fouche

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