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home : letters : letters July 24, 2014

4/12/2013 11:03:00 AM
The order was placed

To the editor:

Mr. Kressin raises a strawman argument with regard to my statement on morality. Possessing moral behavior is not the same as having a basis for morality. I did not intimate that secularists were without morality but without a basis for it.

Next, Mr. Kressin resorts to claiming that my argument is undermined when it is not. As I presented in my last letter, Congress did send the order to import Bibles. The reason that it did not take place had only to do with the Battle of Brandywine taking place at the time. If the Congress intended to procure these Bibles, the success or failure would be irrelevant. Mr. Kressin is using faulty information regarding Congress' actions. If they sent the order to the finance department according to the Library of Congress, then he cannot state as he did that they only "CONSIDERED" doing so. He should take up this argument with the esteemed library.

Mr. Kressin's comment that I should explain how my "God's moral standard is apparently inept at delivering a manageable moral behavior to these fellow Christians" shows that he does not understand the principles of Christianity. Our own Bible states that we are unable to live up to that great moral standard God has given us. According to the apostle Paul, the Law of God simply shows us that we are sinners and that we all are "inept," as Mr. Kressin puts it, at manifesting these perfect behaviors at all times. Thus the need we each have for the personal salvation wrought through the perfection of Jesus who gave Himself as a substitute for our failure. In doing so, Jesus made the only way for ANYONE to have eternal life through their belief, acceptance of Christ's gift of grace, and our acknowledgement of the laws we broke.

In essence, what Mr. Kressin fails to realize is that Christians are also sinners when compared to God's law. It is their faith in Christ that lifts the burden of their guilt, not their performance to the Law. The Law now serves as a measure of our behavior.

Bishop Mark Shaw



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