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Religion: Holy Bible isn't a weapon

Referring to Rev. Starks’ letter of Oct 4, “Christians can’t be gay.” It appears Rev. Starks has taken the monopoly on Christianity and may even believe he is a part of the selection process as to who may enter the Kingdom of God.

Why do people use the Bible as a weapon against others to justify their own phobias and prejudice? Possibly to excuse their own culpability?

Rev. Starks portrays his God as a sadistic and vindictive God who only picks and chooses the “blessed” ones, as defined by Rev. Starks. Is Rev. Starks so riddled with life guilts that he feels the need to be severely punished?

I would ask Rev. Starks to read, from the same Bible he uses as his weapon, the following scriptures.

“The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. All thy works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you!” -- Psalm 145: 9-10.

"It is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." -- Matthew 18:14.

“All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” -- Luke.3:6.

"When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself." --John 12:32.

“I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God..” --Romans 8:38-39.

The scriptures are very clear and directed to EVERYONE. Nowhere in any of the scriptures do they discriminate against homosexuality, lesbianism, alcoholism, drug abusers or even religious leaders who use the Holy Bible as a weapon against others.

George W. Pardington

Oak Harbor

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