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September 22, 2013

Every Saturday, I enjoy browsing through the religious section to find some peace, and some hope that there is still good in the worl....

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mikekerstetter

Sep-22-13 2:33 AM

I just read the article from Rev Letscher and I find nothing offensive about it. What I found is the truth that a lot of today's churches subscribe to a watered down Gospel message that dares not tell the truth because they don't want to offend anyone. Apparently you, too, have fallen into those beliefs.

If you want a real peace there is only one way. And that is through a personal relationship with the Son, Jesus Christ.

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eriklatranyi

Sep-22-13 7:13 AM

Mike:

You are right.

This LTE author thinks it is wrong to actually believe in your religion of choice over the others.

That is a perfect example of the modern, watered-down, politically correct Christianity so many churches preach.

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DavidBross

Sep-22-13 7:23 AM

A refreshing letter. I particularly agree with the second paragraph. When I read the Reverend's column, my reaction was more, "Typical and Disappointing", than "Offensive."

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enigma

Sep-22-13 7:44 AM

There can only be one true religion. By definition, if any one set of beliefs is true, than all of those that don't agree are false. While it is logically possible that all religions are false it is not logically possible that all religions are true. No intelligent person could believe that they are, even for a minute. Even this young woman, who excoriates us for believing that we are right and others are wrong, believes that she is right and others are wrong. If she didn't believe that, there would be no point to her letter. And because of that, the point of the letter is hypocritical. At 16, you can't blame her for this, she is a victim of our badly decayed educational system, and those who have victimized her should be held to account.

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CMReeder

Sep-22-13 8:03 AM

Great letter and from one so young.

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Ritty77

Sep-22-13 8:15 AM

It is incumbent on true believers to assert that his or her god is the one true god. It is how forcefully he or she asserts these beliefs that becomes offensive to many.

While I haven't read the article she references, this young lady expressed her personal displeasure respectfully in a well-written letter.

Good day, Ms. Twardowski.

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CarlHiller

Sep-22-13 8:21 AM

The words of Christ have been corrupted by organized religion. A true believer in Christianity harbors no "bigotry, hated, stereotyping, and self-righteousness". What the organized church teaches today is not what Christ taught. The Bible cautions us to prove ALL THINGS!

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enigma

Sep-22-13 8:56 AM

Here we go with our political correctness run amok. because the letter was written by a child, the content cannot be called into question. Yes, she expressed her views very well, but her views are wrong. If we can't point that out, how will she ever know what is right. She does seem to be intelligent, but she has been badly misguided and misinformed. Those of you who just pat her on the head and say, "good girl" are not helping her. You are dooming her to a life of being very sure of things, while being totally off base, both factually and philosophically. I believe it is kinder let her know the truth. You decide for yourself, is it better to patronize or to teach?

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CMReeder

Sep-22-13 8:59 AM

At 16 she does know the truth!

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Linhk48

Sep-22-13 9:05 AM

Ah, the idealism of the young.

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rick424

Sep-22-13 9:36 AM

This is a brilliant letter, I have said this all along and why I am still struggling with religion at 61.If you read comments of those supposedly christian posters on this site it only re enforces my thoughts. Oh, great comment Mr. Hiller

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Alsever

Sep-22-13 9:52 AM

Good for you! Have not been in any church since I died in a helicopter crash in the Mekong Delta, September 10, 1970. Been through the tunnel and can't wait to do it again. And always keep in mind, "It's better to look good, than to be good" John 3:16

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CMReeder

Sep-22-13 10:08 AM

LOL!

Only the young has idealism.

LOL!

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Capricorn1

Sep-22-13 10:14 AM

The words of Christ have been corrupted by organized religion. A true believer in Christianity harbors no "bigotry, hated, stereotyping, and self-righteousness". What the organized church teaches today is not what Christ taught. The Bible cautions us to prove ALL THINGS! -Carl

Carl, I couldn't have said it better myself. I struggle with my beliefs because I was raised catholic, alter boy for many years and catholic education. But the one thing that got me away from the church is the hypocrisy I saw all too often by those that were suppose to be of the Christian faith. This causes many disagreements between my mother and I because she is a devout catholic. So every Sunday morning I choose to clean my mothers house while she attends mass. I don't think this makes me any less Christian than many of those that choose to worship in public, yet not live the Word the rest of the week.

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Scott36

Sep-22-13 10:44 AM

There can only be one true religion.-enigma Let me guess, yours is the "only" true one. I personally Know of a family member who will not accept that I am a "true" Christian because of the way I was baptized. This having a belief that Jesus was the son of God & died on the cross for our sins stuff did not carry much weight. This is just one small example that I have experienced in my life. My Honest opinion about modern churches is that they(NOT all of the cloth)attempt to try to scare you into THEIR congregation for the sake of the collection plate. On a personal note, I would be scared to death trying to "put my stamp of approval" on whom is a real Christian or not. It is not for me to decide. Scott

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Scott36

Sep-22-13 10:57 AM

So every Sunday morning I choose to clean my mothers house while she attends mass. I don't think this makes me any less Christian than many of those that choose to worship in public, yet not live the Word the rest of the week.-Capricorn1 Cap., I felt compelled to comment on this. I usually do not feel comfortable getting too deep into religion on open boards like these, although I do at times. I try to keep it simple. It appears that you and I are similar in our thoughts. But I just wanted to make this simple comment. You sir are to commended--You take the time to clean your mothers house.(I would think that falls under honoring your mother & father)I have a hard time believing that this will be held against you on Judgment day. Have a Safe & Happy day!!-Scott

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Scott36

Sep-22-13 11:18 AM

Dear Miss Jennifer Twardouski,

I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you for brightening up my day!! IMHO, you at such a young age have an understanding, & grasp of life that far exceeds your years. I can only guess that part of this is because of your upbringing. With all of the "bashing" of younger generations, you young lady are a shining example that there are still some great people "waiting in the wings" to be future leaders. Please do not ever lose the gift that was given to you--That of thinking for yourself. Again, I thank you. May God Bless you!! Have a Happy & Safe day!!! Scott

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Capricorn1

Sep-22-13 11:23 AM

Thank you Scott.

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eriklatranyi

Sep-22-13 12:12 PM

Just because one believes their religion is the "right" religion does not mean the other religions should be hated, attacked or destroyed.

It is faith in your own beliefs and the ability to let others make their own mistakes.

That is the foundation of our nation, the underpinnings of individual liberty over collectivism and the philosophy of capitalism.

All of these are rooted in believing in yourself while tolerating those that do not.

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CMReeder

Sep-22-13 12:53 PM

Great post at 11:18 am Scott and I agree wholeheartedly.

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enigma

Sep-22-13 1:21 PM

I see several people here who have had a bad experience with some church and now think that they are all bad. I have had my share of being abused by churches, but that does not mean that Christianity is not true. It means that some churches are full of bad Christians or even fake Christians. There is also the problem that some people have in believing that just because a church teaches that what you do is wrong, that they will not accept you. The truth is that everyone in that church has sinned and it is only by the grace of God that they have been forgiven and been able to put that sin behind them. True Christians are the most loving people in the world and they love you too much to let you go on thinking that what you are doing is right when they believe it to be wrong. God has given you the freedom to disagree, but don't mistake the Christians' outspokenness for being hatred or bigotry, it is not. It is concern for your eternal well-being.

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CMReeder

Sep-22-13 3:00 PM

"True Christians are the most loving people in the world and they love you too much to let you go on thinking that what you are doing is right when they believe it to be wrong. God has given you the freedom to disagree, but don't mistake the Christians' outspokenness for being hatred or bigotry, it is not."

It is only for other Christians.

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CMReeder

Sep-22-13 3:01 PM

When did Christian mean republican and consevative?

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Scott36

Sep-22-13 3:32 PM

When did Christian mean republican and consevative?-CMReeder

About the same time the neo-nut movement started, along with drug boy. You can also replace the word "Christian" in your sentence with, patriotic, moral, strong family values, hard working, Real American, & any other "good" virtues.

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Scott36

Sep-22-13 3:45 PM

Thank you Scott.-Capricorn1 No thanks needed, IMO, you sincerely deserve to be commended. You & I at times butt heads,(not that I mind at all) but when I hear of someone who values family the way you seem to, it is an enrichment in my life to know of/communicate with you. To me, here on earth, NOTHING is more precious than family. Again, Have a Safe, & Happy Day!!-Scott

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