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Reader's view: Christianity is peaceful, our nation’s foundation

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A June 19 letter, “Neither Islam nor Christianity can claim to be a peaceful religion,” seemed another attempt to ridicule religion, particularly Christianity, as the Bible was noted in the letter.

Christianity does not compare with any other religion. God of the Holy Bible is the supreme peacemaker. Why would God, our creator, send His son, Jesus, to Earth in human form to be the atonement for our sins if He was not the supreme peacemaker? In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus spoke to a multitude of people, proclaiming, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.” And in the gospel of John, Jesus tells us, “Peace I leave with you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jesus came so we could have an abundant life. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Satan is the evil one who is out to kill, steal and destroy.

The letter’s derogatory statements were an insult to the intelligence of our nation’s Founding Fathers. Their religious faiths varied, but they arrived at a common understanding in drafting our nation’s documents. They adopted the seven principles of Judeo-Christian ethics, which is the system of moral and social values originating in the word of God, the Holy Bible.

The letter’s derogatory statements also were an insult to Christian-based organizations serving those in need such as the Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, Teen Challenge, Operation Blessing and others.

Compliments to an April 22 letter, “Letter writers should not mock God and His believers,” and to other letters written to defend the Christian faith, the foundation of our nation.

Betty Lehtinen

Duluth

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