Letters to the Editor
This is in response to Ms. Wilmot’s letter of Wednesday, March 10.
I am glad that her response to the movie “The Passion of Christ” compelled her to read the gospels. What a great start at understanding the life of Christ.
I would like to encourage her also to read the rest of the story in the Old Testament. There are 40 specific prophesies about the events of Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit ” all were fulfilled as prophesied.
A passage in Isaiah 52, verses 13-15 states, “See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted, just as there were many who were appalled at him. His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness.”
Mel Gibson’s portrayal of the scourging of Christ was not overdone. It is scriptural. Read the passage again. “… So disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness …” And yet the physical suffering cannot begin to compare to the spiritual suffering He endured. We can’t comprehend such love.
Continue reading the Bible for understanding and truth. You’ll find it.
Regarding Ms. Wilmot’s letter of March 10. I agree with her that “The Passion” was graphic.
Unfortunately (or rather, for our sake, fortunately) scourging was extremely brutal. During a normal crucifixion, criminals often took two to three days to die. When they did die, it was due to suffocation as their lungs filled with fluid.
Christ died in a mere six hours due to the extreme amount of blood He lost in the preceding six hours. The Bible says He suffered and died for our sins. His suffering, death and consequent resurrection were the price we, each and everyone of us, paid for our sin.
My sin killed Jesus. Mine. Not the Jews and not the Romans. They were merely instruments. Anyone who uses the movie as an excuse for violence against Jews is ignorant of the true reason for Christ’s death and resurrection. I hope I have helped clarify the movie’s message for Ms. Wilmot.
A letter writer in your Letters to the Editor page doesn’t understand how gay marriage laws differ from polygamy laws or laws that forbid a 30 year-old son from marrying his 55-year-old mother.
It’s called discrimination. Just substitute “African American” or “Jewish” in for “gay” and you’ll see how wrong the ban on gay marriage is. It is discrimination when only some people get to enjoy a legal right.
Polygamy and incestuous marriage are illegal for everybody. Marriage, however, is a legal right and protection that my husband and I get to enjoy. Why shouldn’t my two committed same-sex friends get to enjoy those same protections?
I won’t respond to the writer’s comments about Jesus because our nation’s laws are not determined by religious beliefs. Check the constitution’s First Amendment.
As many Americans strive to attain financial security, it is reassuring to know that you can invest your money responsibly without compromising your values. In fact, investing your money responsibly can help combat corporate corruption, support environmental protection, improve working conditions, and aid in community development.
Socially responsible investment comes in many forms.
One vehicle of social investment is a Community Development Financial Institution or CDFI. CDFIs provide capital to rebuild economically distressed regions and offer affordable credit and start up loans to low-income entrepreneurs in struggling urban and rural communities.
Other avenues of social investing are socially indexed mutual funds. Participating companies are screened for fair working conditions, environmental responsibility, and transparent bookkeeping.
Clearly, socially responsible investing is a great way to build a better world and has shown itself to be just as financially rewarding and secure as other methods of investment.
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