All paths lead?
I am not familiar with all those roads that lead to heaven some speak of in the Opinion page. However I am familiar with St. Matthew that states: Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Further, in St. John, Jesus himself said I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Also in St. John, Jesus said Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
The writer stating maybe any religion that is taught in the absence of harm and violence is OK, as long as we are free to worship all, part or none of its teachings is certainly different from my religious beliefs. Is he comparing many paths one could take from Earth into the galaxies with Gods pathway to heaven?
Regardless of faith one claims to believe, if one does not believe in Jesus, he/she need not concern themselves with pathways. Therefore, I would like to suggest a good starting point that I believe is mans best bet for heaven; also from St. John, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth not is condemned already.
Do some not understand it is not people of different religions condemning people of different religions, it is God himself condemning people who do not believe in his son Jesus.
-- Faye W. Tanner
Thanks for the invitation
John G. Kelleys letters often make me take pause. His Many paths to the hereafter (The Telegraph, 1/20), is no exception. It is nice to think, if even for a fleeting moment, that our common humanity might trump the man-made constructs that divide us.
On the holiday that we, as a nation, set aside to remember and honor Martin Luther King Jr., the temptation to dig out the old Joan Baez classic Kum Bah Yah is strong and before it passes, might I thank Kelley for the invitation to consider a better time and place.
-- Bob Carnot
Where do they intersect?
While it is not my intention nor desire to engage in theological debate on an Op/Ed page, John Kelleys letter (Many paths to the hereafter) provokes a response. Kelleys vague theological musings are understandable in light of their basis in popular songs, even those of an obscure nature. However, they ignore the central questions predicated by an acceptance that there is a sphere of existence that supersedes our physical space-time continuum, and that the software of our souls or spirit -- which possess neither mass nor weight, and therefore by the laws of advanced physics, are not subject to the property of time -- will advance to it upon our passing.
Those questions being: what are its characteristics? And how do we obtain them? Focusing on the second, it seems clear we must either earn them or receive them as a gift. If the former, then how? By being good? How good? Will 51 percent good, 49 percent bad suffice? What are the guidelines? Whos keeping score, and how do you check?
If the latter, then a gift-giver is necessitated. Who is it, though? Are there more than one? And if only one, how can we know who it is? Only one person who ever lived claimed to be the God who designed our shared reality and credibly backed up that claim. He also made exclusive claims to be the door, the way, the truth, the life and the light. It is worth contemplating that perhaps not all paths lead up the mountain, but that they do all intersect at the point of the cross.
-- W. Wade Stooksberry II
Just wanted anyone who thought electronic medical records would be going green, that after spending millions of dollars nationwide, your doctors office now has to use much more paper than ever to satisfy various aspects of the misnamed Affordable Care Act. Patient care, thus far, has not improved at all because of it.
-- Robert Heath
Dr. King committed his life and his work to expanding opportunities for all Americans. His vision of harnessing the power of volunteering and service to transform our community is more important than ever.
The MLK National Day of Service was an opportunity to recommit ourselves as citizens by volunteering in service to one another. MLK Day is also a launching pad for an entire year of volunteer service.
Working together, we can create economic opportunities by improving education, strengthening health-care services, improving financial literacy and much more.
Service is also a powerful way for citizens to empower themselves. National studies on volunteering in American shows that more than one in four Americans volunteered last year representing an estimated economic value of $175 billion.
Think about ways you can improve our community. Americans have a remarkable history of readiness and willingness to pitch in and help. We demonstrate every day, that volunteer service can accelerate progress on our most pressing priorities.
Volunteer Macon is here to help you find a volunteer placement that suits your time, interest and talents. Dr. King dedicated his life to improving the world in which he lived and challenged us to do the same. Let us all look at 2014 as a year where we commit to improving our community.
-- Gigi Rolfes
There seems to be a dearth of information from that fair and balanced network regarding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christies bridge closing scandal. All they seem to talk about is anything pertaining to President Obama or the Democrats. Thats to be expected since theyre nothing more than Republican cheerleaders. The only thing missing are the pom poms and mini-skirts.
-- William D. Carter
After the Macon Water Authority nearly brought me to a boil last week, I have simmered down after a nice phone call from their Chief Financial Officer Guy Boyle. He is very concerned with customer relations and apologized for my water cut-off and billing inconvenience.
I believe the MWA is going to be more attentive to customers in the future and better prepared to solve billing and other problems.
-- R.H. Moulton
Prayer for Today
Our Father, somehow we got our minds messed up, we have yet to realize how God created us for his, only his, glory. Show us father, how we were born to have that connection with you so we can connect to you. In Jesus name. Amen.
-- Bessie R. Brown
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