Letters to the Editor: We need to pray for forgiveness

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We need to pray for forgiveness

This is in response to a column printed recently, written by Rita Zorn.

She relates that at age 9, an older relative told her that is she was not a Jehovah’s Witness, she was going to hell! What a frightening lie to tell a sweet child. Kids believe what they are told. There is NO religious institution that can claim they have the only way into heaven. The ONLY way to heaven is not found in a place; it’s found in a person, Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, except through me (John 14:6).”

As for her belief that neither hell nor the devil exist, she can believe what she chooses; the facts remain. Jesus Christ told an account of a rich man who dined sumptuously while a poor beggar named Lazarus laid at this gate, wanting the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Both men died. Lazarus was taken to Abraham in Paradise; the rich man lifted his eyes in hell and saw Lazarus a long way off. He begged Abraham to send Lazarus with some water for his tongue, but that was not a possibility. Jesus Christ in not capable of lying, so hell is a reality, despite what we want to believe.

God IS kind and loving, Mrs. Zorn is right. As for the hell that drug addicts find themselves in, they can turn to God and admit their sins, ask for forgiveness, and he can remove their drug addiction immediately or over a period of time, as he chooses.

That is why Jesus Christ came and died on the cross, then rose again from the dead, to pay for every sin of every person all times. We need only to admit our sin in prayer and ask for forgiveness, and our loving God never says no to anyone repenting and asking forgiveness.

It’s hard to sit by and watch what is happening in our country and stay silent. It’s hard to remember a time when there has been so much anger and violence with no clear solutions to problems. It’s heartbreaking to hear that another shooting has claimed the lives of innocent people. It seems there is no end to the number of protests demanding more and more laws that would control our daily lives from a seemingly rudderless administration; yet not much changes.

“Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.” (Angela Merici, 16th century Italian Saint). Could it be that much of the discord we see played out today in society stems from the breakdown of the traditional family? Do we really think that telling our young boys they can be girls and our young girls they can be cats makes any sense? God created us male and female and didn’t resort to the alphabet to create special categories; yet many insist that we can ignore natural and moral laws. No wonder young people are confused.

The violence that is played out almost daily in our country should come as no surprise when we have no qualms about (and even celebrate) the ‘right’ to slaughter (that’s right, slaughter) the most innocent and vulnerable among us, disguised as women’s health. In a recent article by a member of Stronger Together Huddle, the writer claimed “… Roe v. Wade saved countless lives and liberated countless others …” Over 60 million pre-born children would beg to differ.

Things are difficult enough in today’s world without asking for more problems. How do we make things better? For starters, we might consider this sage advice from St. Augustine: “Right is right even if no one is doing it and wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”…Read more by The Monroe News

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