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Robert Ivy's statement, "moral standards existed in some form for centuries before the virus of a personal God infected the mind of man," ("Bible is not the lone source for morality," YourViews, Jan. 14) must refer to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which predates the Pentateuch and imparts very little of what could be considered moral instructions. Certainly the Hammurabi code lacks sufficient moral instruction to be considered a guide. Neither can the Ugarit nor the Lipit istari, since all were written on orders of a human king protecting their own interests.

"What was … good for the community was right - what was not good was wrong." That's merely existentialism as evidenced within our "modern" political system. What's right today may be wrong tomorrow.

Without the Bible, secular schooling can only teach existentialism, for moral authority comes only from God.

Young Abraham Lincoln read the Bible as the family's singular literary possession and few would question his moral foundation. If Mr. Ivy's argument for "reason, sound judgment and general knowledge" were true, we would need fewer jails and prisons, not more. Regretfully, the atheist is limited by their inability to recognize truth. The Bible, inspired by "God, who is love" and independent of political vulnerability - he has allowed the writer to describe him as an arbitrary, capricious and despotic deity - clearly states true moral law by obligations to our fellow man to "turn the other cheek," "love our enemies," "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

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Obviously, the Lord who loves Mr. Ivy has yet to break through his defenses allowing him to recognize his loving kindness. Webster's defines a Christian as "one who believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ." So do you say Adolf Hitler was a Christian on the basis of what he said, or what he did?

Richard Carr

Rural Hudson

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