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Letters to the editor – Saturday (2-14-09)

Are the politicians really any better than greedy CEOs?
In response to Nicole Barnhardt Cline’s Feb. 8 letter:
I agree with her 100 percent. I wish there would be at least a few honest politicians or law-enforcement officers who would try and force those selfish, greedy executives to repay all that stolen money. Yes, I said stolen. They should prosecute anyone who takes money that is supposed to bail out institutions that are supposed to help the middle class and poor people to survive.
I do hope that the people wake up and start calling their congressmen and representatives about this. But I’m wondering if they really will do something about it. According to the article “A corrupt culture,” by Jack Abramoff, in the same day’s paper, they are not better than these executives.
ó Emilie Whitney
Salisbury
More thoughts on eternity
Regarding the Feb. 9 letter ‘Abortion, religion and the hereafter’:
What I am hearing is that the wicked will burn for eternity. You are saying in effect that God gave the righteous and the wicked eternal life. What about John 3:16, which says that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life? I invite you to read 2 Peter 2:4,9. Also, 2 Peter 3:7 says plainly: “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” On the burning day, all the wicked will be reduced to ashes: Malachi 4:1 and 3. Isaiah 47:14 plainly states, “Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame; there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor a fire to sit before it.”
If you say the soul never dies, then explain Ezekiel 18:4 and 20, which says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
Speaking of the wicked, the text found in Matthew 25:46 means its effects will be everlasting. It says they will go away into everlasting “punishment,” not “punishing.”
The term punishment is a completed act while punishing is a continuing act. If the wicked live for eternity, then how will they suffer the second death found in Revelations 20:14 and 21:8? You can read about the devil’s entire history in Ezekiel 28:13-19.
I hope this will clarify the most misunderstood subject found in scripture.
ó Carrie Keith
Landis

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