published Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Another take on Bible and guns — and more letters to the editors

Another take on Bible and guns

In response to the March 2 letter “What would Jesus do?” I find it ironic that the writer selected a somewhat nebulous verse, Luke 22:36-38, to support advocacy for gun ownership and the use of force.

The vast majority of the 7,957 verses that comprise the New Testament describe Jesus as a man of peace, love and tolerance. Taken in context, there is nothing in the New Testament that would lead an intelligent person to believe Jesus was an advocate of the use of force under any circumstances, e.g., Matthew 5:39: “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil.” The philosophy of Jesus is unambiguously captured in Matthew 26:52: “Then said Jesus unto him, ‘Put up again thy sword into his place; for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.’”

I unequivocally endorse the writer’s suggestion that those who choose to quote the Bible should read the Bible in its entirety rather than choose passages taken out of context that support only their agenda.

I find it reprehensible that some people choose to pervert the New Testament, a book of compassion and forgiveness, to support their decidedly un-Christian agenda of aggression and violence.

T. WILLIAM ALEXANDER


Use your common sense

The widow of Chad Olson, who was shot in the theater in Florida, was on TV giving an interview. She said Curtis Reeves (the shooter) told her husband numerous times to stop texting, and he (Reeves) then went to talk to management. Upon his return, a cellphone was thrown and popcorn. A shooting followed.

An infrared video of the theater showed all the seats behind and beside the two individuals were empty.

Either one of these individuals could have found other seats. It is hard to comprehend the stubbornness of both men. One wants to tell someone what to do, and the other will not allow someone to tell him what to do. The situation could have so easily been avoided.

What is even harder to accept is that the wife did not get her husband to take another seat. She bears some responsibility for the outcome. She was aware of the escalating confrontation. We are all responsible to act as the responsible person when those we are with fail to so.

This should have applied to the shooting in the car due to loud music as well.

JO ANN FINCHUM


Crime lists need detail

As a weekend reader, I do scan the police blotter of my neighborhood and those of friends and the clusters of crime areas. It is of no help to read miscellany that is anything from A to Z and means nothing to me as a reader.

It would benefit me as a reader to have more information.

ELIZABETH MONSON

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conservative said...

Mr. T. WILLIAM ALEXANDER, self defense is one matter and retaliation for a wrong is another, don't confuse the two.

I am confident you would defend yourself, a family member or loved one if someone meant you or them harm.

Just three verses down Jesus said: "Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away." Matthew 5:42

I am also confident you are not wearing borrowed clothes and have no home, no car or other belongings because you gave it all away when someone asked.

March 11, 2014 at 11:16 a.m.
kkemerait said...

Mr Alexander ... please keep in mind while looking at the "whole" context, that from a Christian perspective, and that of trinitarian theology, one must also consider the words and actions of the Old Testament since it is the same God doing the acting and speaking...the one who ordered Abraham to sacrifice his son, the one who ordered the wholesale slaughter of men, women, children and animals (I Samuel 15:1-3 etc.)

March 11, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.
conservative said...

Mr. T. WILLIAM ALEXANDER, you left out an important part of Matthew 5:39, the part which undermines your belief that Jesus would never allow the use of "force under any circumstances."

"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL SMITE THEE ON THY RIGHT CHEEK, TURN TO HIM THE OTHER ALSO." Matthew 5:39

This smiting Jesus spoke of was an insulting act not a physical attack to do harm. In that day a slap to the face was an extreme insult. Jesus was slapped:

"And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?"

"Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?" John 18:22-23 KJV

The Apostle Paul also was slapped Acts 23:2-5:

2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest?

5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people

March 11, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.
conservative said...

Mr. T. WILLIAM ALEXANDER, Jesus specifically told Peter and the other disciples to arm themselves.

When the disciples were with Jesus, they were under His protection and care:

"And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing." Luke 22:35

But now that Jesus was to be falsely accused, tried, and put to death, they would no longer be under His protection and care so He told them the night of His arrest:

"He said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no SWORD, let him sell his garment, and buy one." Luke 22:36

March 11, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
LibDem said...

When I go out, I spray myself thoroughly with smite repellent.

March 11, 2014 at 6:37 p.m.
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