I agree with Robert Ivy's statement in his Dec. 1 letter to the editor that reading the Bible is much better than going to the movie. I disagree with most everything else he says, particularly the statement that "the human race no longer needs these myths of old" — the stories contained in biblical Scripture.
Although in a perfect world the judicious application of intellect, common sense, reason and science would appear to be a clear and rational alternative to religion, unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world. In addition, reading Scripture also offers hope, promise and a sense of love for all humanity.
It staggers my imagination how someone can read the Bible and not believe that it was inspired and written by a wise, just, and loving God. God sent his own son to walk among us, allowed the crucifixion, raised Jesus from the dead and then empowered all of us through his Holy Spirit to live a new life with him, rise from whatever takes us down and then spread the Word and acts of love to other people.
What a powerful book this Bible is, and what amazes me is how reading Scripture with an open mind can inspire new thought! When you read the Bible for the first time, open your mind and heart to these new beliefs prior to reading and don't stop in the middle and make an early judgment. Read the book all the way to the end, try out the core principles of love, hope and forgiveness contained in the New Testament and following the Resurrection, and then read it again — preferably in the company of others. Positive change will happen. Happy holidays!
Lynn Sands Westhoff
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