Letters: Bible, morals closely linked

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bible, morals are closely linked
I would like to address some issues in the July 20 letter, “Bible isn’t the only basis for society’s rules and morals.”
Howard Andrews stated that he didn’t have to refer to any Christian’s sources to know that murder was wrong. Then how did you come to know that it was wrong?
Also, it stated that morals are based on one’s likes and dislikes. Then what do we say to a person who finds it morally acceptable to steal?
The Bible teaches us as Christians to teach all nations about Jesus, but also to pursue peace, live in peace, and if a person doesn’t want to accept Christ, then live them alone.
The 1797 Treaty of Tripoli was originally written in Arabic, then translated into English, says this country was not founded on the Christian religion. What this country was founded on was Christians principles, so people could have freedom of beliefs. God forbid if I would want anybody or this country to become a Christian by force. I would rather have it by choice.
For you to apply the story of the rich young ruler, in Matthew 10:17-21, ó where Jesus tells the man to sell all that he had and give to the poor ó as a Christian principles is taking this out of context. Also to apply today’s standards to an historical event in Numbers 31:13-18 would be unfair.
So Abraham Lincoln read Darwin’s “Origin of Species.” He was probably being objective. Finally, there’s the difference between Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Stalin, David Koresh and Jim Jones reading the Bible. Lincoln’s intentions were good, Stalin used it to kill Jews and Christians, Koresh and Jones used it for their own evil purposes.
Thank you and God bless.
ó James Miller