Lincoln an infidel?
Mary Lincoln said her husband was not a technical Christian. As a child, he was exposed to Calvinism, but his adult convictions were not so discernible.
Twentieth century historians have been contemptuous of those examining Lincolns religious beliefs, contending that his real faith was devotion to the Union and making a civil religion out of obedience to the laws.
Consequently, religious references in Lincolns speeches and writings were likely words chosen to charm voters.
Lincoln acknowledged God as a supernatural power, controlling fates beyond earth, but rarely speaking of Jesus Christ. He associated with doubters of Jesus divinity, penning an essay mocking the idea that Jesus was the son of God. Friends burned that manuscript to protect his political career. He expressed enough to develop an infidel reputation. Running for Congress in 1846, Lincoln defended charges that he was not a believer.
Upon the 1850 death of his son Edward, Lincoln seemed to accept more traditional Christian beliefs, but there was scant implication of any conversion experience and a personal relationship with Gods only son.
Few historical personages have had their virtues more overstated and shortcomings so minimized. Don Piatt, a federal Army officer and close Lincoln friend wrote: With us, when a leader dies, all good men go to lying about him. Abraham Lincoln has almost disappeared from human knowledge. I hear of him, and I read of him in eulogies and biographies, but I fail to recognize the man I knew in life.
-- John Wayne Dobson
From diapers to grave
If you missed the article by Jake Pearson, of the Associated Press, printed in The Telegraph, Jan. 21, please use the Web. As reported, by the age 18, 30 percent of black men, 26 percent of Hispanic men and 22 percent of white men have been arrested on non-traffic-related crimes. By age 23, 49 percent of black, 44 percent of Hispanic and 38 percent of white men have been arrested on non-traffic-related crimes.
Among women, 20 percent of black, 18 percent of white and 16 percent of Hispanic by age 23 have been arrested on non-traffic-related crimes.
If such statistics are used for nothing else, surely the report will be used as a wake-up call not to blame a lack of education for such behavior. Everyone knows the importance of education, and everyone knows we offer a so-called free education to everyone. Therefore, no one will ever convince me our public education system has created such stats of our young.
How long will it take and how many more will go astray if we continue using education as an excuse for behaviors? In my opinion, behavior goes far beyond such charges, and government and society need to put their focus on causes elsewhere. Further, how long will it take to realize government give-a-ways, from diapers to the grave, is not working? I believe the lack of moral guidance and self-serving government is a big cause of the problem.
Lets push government and politics aside, invite God into our societies and teach Christian morals from diapers to grave.
-- Faye W. Tanner
Im writing about Chuck Fores not-so-thoughtful letter: Headed for doom (1-24). The cannabis legalization issue is not whether cannabis is completely safe for everybody, including children and adolescents. It is not. The issue is freedom of choice for adults. Children have died from eating peanuts and peanut butter, but we dont cage peanut growers, sellers or consumers. And the voters of Colorado and Washington state have decided that we should not cage cannabis growers, sellers or consumers. I submit that all adults should have the same freedom of choice that they have in Colorado and Washington.
-- Kirk Muse
Walter and Sadie
Pets are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
Walter was a Jack Russell that came into our lives as a puppy during Christmas of 1999 and was our pet and family member until he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, Jan. 26, 2014. He was also my hunting and fishing buddy and kept the squirrels out of our vegetable garden. At bedtime he served double duty as official foot warmer. He loved Christmas and slept under the tree with his toys until the tree came down. When it came to spunk and personality, he had two speeds -- asleep and wide open. If you tried to outsmart him, it was game on for him and he would win every time. He was a 20-pound ball of muscle and was tough as a lighter knot. My mother said the reason we were so close is that neither of us knew how to behave. Thanks, Mom. Its hard getting used to the sudden calm and quiet now that our home entertainment center and resident clown is gone. His sister Sadie, a beautiful boxer, and he were the same age. She crossed the bridge two years ago, and Walter really missed her.
I can see them now running across a big meadow and having the best time getting back together. They were two very special pets/family members. We miss them very much.
-- Tommy Parker
Prayer for Today
Dear Jesus, today, give me the right words to say at the right moment to build up others. Give me words of praise, words of wisdom, and words of encouragement. Begin with me this morning and show me how to live this faith. In Jesus divine name. Amen.
-- Johnnie Mae Holland
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