published Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

'God's word being ignored' and other letters to the editor

God's word being ignored

David Cook in his column (May 12) says God can do nothing but love. May I remind people God is also a God of judgment when He gets fed up; I believe He's almost there. His word is being ignored and changed to mean anything today. When judgment comes, people will start to complain, where is God? May I ask a question: Who have you been listening to? Almighty God or Satan? God will tell you truth. Satan will tell you lies.

BETTY MILLER


Motorists, cyclists need more courtesy

The issue of sharing the road between motorists and cyclists is an important one that needs to be constantly brought to the attention of the public. Much needs to be done as new construction occurs to make the roads more accessible to both communities. This is important to me, as I am both a motorist and a cyclist.

The consequences of an accident are most often more severe for the cyclist than the motorist. That is why more attention is paid to asking motorists to be more careful and aware of cyclists.

The other side of the coin is that cyclists need to be more courteous to motorists. I often encounter groups of cyclists riding two or three abreast along the road. They make no effort to get in line formation so that the motorists behind them can safely pass. I know that legally they are vehicles and are entitled to their space on the road, but they would make more friends for the cycling community if they would show more courtesy.

JOHN L. ODOM


GOP actions give Democrats leeway

Chicago Cubs owner Joe Rickets' second thoughts about exposing Obama's 20-year relationship with Jeremiah Wright have Democrats gloating over Republican fear to raise the issue. Joe Rickets has another reason for avoiding the story. He wants a new stadium, and he doesn't want to alienate Rahm Emanuel. The truth is that for 20 years, right up until he ran for president, Obama called Wright his closest friend and mentor in spite of a fawning press (that) gave Obama a pass on the Wright connection almost as soon as the story broke, calling it old news. Thus, one of the most pertinent and damaging stories about Obama's political development was snuffed out in the crib. Now, there is a flock of pundits and reporters who begin clucking at the mere mention of Obama's connection to Wright.

Shamefully, Romney echoed John McCain, Rickets, et al, in distancing himself from the Wright story in deference to the apologists for Obama.

It's no wonder that Obama personally enjoys high public regard. The Republicans have allowed the Democrats to define Obama in the most sympathetic liberal terms, while at the same time allowing the Democrats unimpeded license to attack Romney.

JIM SHUPE, Graysville, Tenn.

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BETTY MILLER, you remind me of the people who say God is judging and condemning people who die in disasters and accidents. You can keep your God that does that.

JIM SHUPE, or maybe it's a shred of decency, and recognition that it's not true, but a manufactured outrage focused through a lens of distortion. Much like how Republicans who stay away from the Birther movement aren't engaged in some conspiracy to hide the truth, but recognize it for the paranoid delusion it is.

May 22, 2012 at 12:38 a.m.
Ozzy87 said...

Yep, Betty Miller is right. God is gonna get all those sinners who wear cotton/poly blended cothes, eat at Red Lobster, works on the Sabbath, and all those degenerates who love their sausage, bacon, ham, and bbq.

May 22, 2012 at 3:25 a.m.
Ozzy87 said...

Don'cha just love it when they can't even keep their manufactured outrage from two totally opposite straw-man arguements from becoming a joke. Which one is President Obama : A communist Muslim bent on delivering us on bended knee to the Middle East, or a communist-loving America-hating lackey of Rev. Wright? Flip a coin, do rock, paper, scissors, or eny, meny, miny, moe; but please make a decision.

May 22, 2012 at 6:52 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Hey Betty, I have a much closer walk with God than you do, I talk to him all day every day, and he told me about some of the bad thoughts that you have in your head, and some of the bad things that you done done when nobody was lookin. He also told me that you didn't tip very well the last time you were eating out, and that you turned your nose up the last time someone asked for help. He expressed deep concern that you're on his list.. not the good list.

See how silly that sounds? Are you offended by that? That's how everyone around you feels when they have to listen to your vain imagination.

May 22, 2012 at 7:12 a.m.
kkemerait said...

Sometimes it's difficult to tell the charlatans from the trolls from the genuinely ignorant.

Betty, I'm going out on a limb here and giving you the benefit of the doubt and I'm going to assume that you fall into the ignorant category.

Since you want everyone to get in line and follow God's commandments can you do at least 2 things for me.

First, give me at least ONE piece of evidence for the existence of God. Make sure it is objective and that there isn't a more plausible natural explanation.

Second, if your first piece of evidence works out, then explain to me why that should translate into worship. In other words on what, if any, basis should one being worship and be subservient to another? Even if there is an all powerful God, so what! On what basis am I obligated to enter into a master-slave relationship?

May 22, 2012 at 8:59 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Thank you, Betty Miller, for yet another uplifting letter from one of Chattanooga's many enlightened souls. I just love it when you good christians share your warm and fuzzy reflections on your god of love - your god of love who just happens to also be filled with such wrath that he is on the verge of casting all of his non-believing children into hell to suffer eternally, just because they dared to think for themselves. Yes, I feel better when I start my day with a cup of coffee and reading such inspiring letters about the good christian god who "loves" all his children. He loves us all the way to hell.

May 22, 2012 at 12:53 p.m.
LibDem said...

Who would worship a god that has anger management issues? So there were some design errors when it created a species for the express purpose of worshiping it (a little needy?). Now it blames the product and not the creator.

May 22, 2012 at 4:35 p.m.
Livn4life said...

All you so called "experts" on Christianity who have never tried it, cool it please! You apply parts of the Bible ie the Old Testament which was strictly Jewish law and guidance to all Christians. There is a New Covenant/Testament which takes a different approach. But you guys are of such superior(in your eyes)intellect and knowledge you make yourselves look very uninformed trying to invoke on Christians standards which do not relate to them. As for stroke of evidence for Christianity, show me wind but you believe in it because you see its results. Show me electricity, you believe in it because you see in dark places as result of its existence. Have you been out in space to know first hand the world is round or do you believe the pictures of people who say they have been? We pick and choose what we believe in whether we see touch hear taste or smell it. Finally I defy you to prove to me that this world would have been better if Christianity had never existed across the centuries. If you believe that you just are paying attention to history, books, schools, hospitals, orphanages and many other helps in society began as result of merciful Christians. But then you put your "faith" in those who insist on rewriting/misrepresenting history. Who is it that's uninfomed?

May 22, 2012 at 5:21 p.m.
LibDem said...

Sorry, Livn4life, it was Ms. Miller who introduced "...a God of judgment when He gets fed up...". Try to stay on topic.

May 22, 2012 at 5:29 p.m.
SICKofBS said...

Livn4life said... "All you so called "experts" on Christianity who have never tried it, cool it please! You apply parts of the Bible ie the Old Testament which was strictly Jewish law and guidance to all Christians. There is a New Covenant/Testament which takes a different approach."

You make a good point in the statement above to illustrate my point/opinion. The Bible is a story, rewritten countless times to fit the wants, needs, desires and prejudices of the person(s) "translating" it. In my opinion, it is nothing more than a collection of folk tales reminiscent of the Johny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan and his ox Babe, and many others tale of yore.

May 22, 2012 at 5:41 p.m.
kkemerait said...

Livn4life,

Let me set your mind at ease. I spent 20 years as a born again Christian (prior to the most recent 25 as an atheist) and used most of my time in the study of apologetics. I know my bible and I've been around long enough to have heard (and used) most of the arguments presented in support of God and I haven't seen one valid supporting argument for God yet.

May 22, 2012 at 6:19 p.m.
Ozzy87 said...

Whaddaya mean never tried it? I'm STILL ONE.

May 22, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Easy123 said...

L4L,

YOU are misinformed. Matthew 5:17-20 states:

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them...Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven..."

As for your examples of wind, electricity and things about the earth. We understand what wind is and how it works. And you can see the effects of wind when trees sway, tornadoes etc. Electricity is also understood very well. Edison and Tesla actually invented it. We also know that the earth is round because we have images of earth from space, time zones, shadows, ships, the horizon, and we can see the ROUND MOON.

I defy your assumption that the world would have been worse if Christianity didn't exist. And, by the way, just because your religion does nice things doesn't make it true. Show me any society that bases its laws and morals on the philosophy of Hume, Spinoza, Russell, Socrates, etc. and that society would be exponentially better than any Christian society. However, that experiment hasn't happened. Christianity is responsible for the rape and torture of countless young Catholic boys and girls. The Inquisition, The Crusades, witch hunts, the KKK, and the list goes on. And to this day it preaches anti-science, anti-gay, anti-intellectual (Rick Santorum), anti-logic, anti-reason, and anti-women dogma. Christians are not merciful. And if they are, they are going against the Bible.

To be a Christian, you must believe that you were made sick because of a sin that you didn't commit and are commanded to be well (accept Christ) on pain of eternal torture. If I was around during the crucifixion of Jesus, I would have done my best to stop it or not be apart of it at all. I would not have wanted Jesus to take my place if I was offered it but, of course, we don't get that option. The sacrifice of Jesus is scapegoating. It does not take away your responsibility. Even if Jesus was a real man, which there is very little evidence, how can you prove he was God? You believe a fairy tale. You reject science and believe in a creation story from 2,000 years ago. Not one word in the Bible is extraordinary. Why couldn't God tell the writers of the Bible about germs, gravity, cells, DNA? It is obviously man made. You believe copies of copies of copies of oral tradition from illiterate Palestine in the 2nd century. Christians are misinformed because they know nothing about the Bible or the story of their own religion. Read the Bible and its criticisms. Why do you believe what you believe? Because it makes you feel good? Because you obviously haven't investigated your own beliefs. Open your eyes. Read a science book.

May 22, 2012 at 9:21 p.m.
jazzman said...

Livn4life

Your 'faith' is yours, and if it makes you happy and fulfilled, good for you., but you do make some curious statements.

re: 'Have you been out in space to know first hand the world is round or do you believe the pictures of people who say they have been?

does that mean you don't believe the world is round?

does that mean you don't believe there are satellites orbiting the earth, you can't see them.. (but your cable box can)...... ..put down that 'remote'

have you ever seen a picture of the earth ? do you believe John Glenn circled the earth in a 'spacecraft'?

re: 'Show me electricity'

get yourself a kite, and re-enact that famous experiment by what's his name?..oh yeah Ben Franklin... you'll also feel a 'surge' of patriotism....

btw: don't let anyone tell you different, Jesus was a 'community organizer'.

re: 'We pick and choose what we believe in'

some folks, choose to believe in invisible beings, they call it religion.

May 24, 2012 at 2:25 a.m.
CADMAN612 said...

kkemerait - Doesn't matter whether you "believe" or not. Every knee is going to bow. Every tongue is going to confess. Yes, that means you as well, but I wouldn't want to be in your shoes on that day. You're in love with yourself, and jealous of a God who absolutely will not be mocked and will not lose. And, yes, I realize I am the person you guys love to hate. So what. I will gladly take that burden. You know, when I really can't stand something, I get as far away from it as I can, ignore it, and absolutely refuse to substantiate its worth by talking about it. Your constant stream of hate toward Christianity proves one thing–you most certainly do believe in Christ. We were all told to expect your arrival, and, here you are. Go ahead. Hate some more. Blah, blah, blah.

May 24, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

CADMAN612 said... Your constant stream of hate toward Christianity proves one thing–you most certainly do believe in Christ.

I do not understand your logic. What I do understand is that you are proclaiming your holy place as one who is waiting for evil. Therefore you see evil everywhere. Another thing I do not understand is how anyone can proclaim a love without wanting to know as much as possible about the person or god they love. All of the information available through biblical scholars again and again debunk your stance. So I think it is you that does not understand what love is. You can call a piece of wood metal, but it will not change the wood into metal. Just because someone reads the bible does not make them christian. No more than someone's constant stream of hate make them beleive in christ. I do not hear the hate from kkemeriat. I hear it from you. I have a feeling that kkermeriat could chew you up and spit you out regarding the bible, what it says, where it came from, and all the mistranslations. Blah blah blah

May 24, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.
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