published Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

What about the good work? — and more letters to the editors

What about the good work?

Much sensationalism has surrounded the recent raid of an animal rescue group, the Puppy Patch, in Morristown, Tenn.

The media has centered its focus on the fact several dogs from our Cleveland Animal Shelter were placed at the Puppy Patch by the Cleveland For a No-Kill City organization. This group has rescued over 1,200 animals from our local shelter in the past year that would have been euthanized if not for this group’s efforts.

In an undertaking that large, unfortunately, there will be some casualties along the way. It is fine to report this, but in the future, please use the space to highlight the lack of enforceable spay and neuter laws as well as the thousands of irresponsible pet owners who create the animal control problems to begin with.

In 2009, the Cleveland Animal Shelter took in 6,976 animals, and 5,556 were euthanized. Due to the efforts since then by Dixie Day Spay, Cleveland No-Kill, Exclusively Shelter Pets and The Ark, in 2013, the shelter took in 4,341, and only 364 were euthanized.

Now that is truly sensational!

JOE KIRKPATRICK, Cleveland, Tenn.

Search Bible for answers

The Bryan College controversy revolves around one central question: Is the biblical Creation story literally true and without error?

If the scribes who wrote the Creation story in Genesis were God’s inerrant stenographers and recorded his words exactly as he spoke them, why didn’t God tell them the earth was a globe, an oblate spheroid? They wrote from a geocentric, flat-world perspective, the prevailing belief in their pre-scientific world.

If the Genesis Creation story is reliable, which one are we talking about? There are two distinctly different Creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2. Biblical literalists can explain this away, but the two stories are basically different, particularly in the order of events.

Fundamentalists and other members of the Flat Earth Society fear that if any part of the Holy Scriptures is subjected to historical or scientific scrutiny, the entire basis for our morals and ethics is in danger of immediate collapse. This is ludicrous.

Fundamentalists claim the Bible “says what it means and means what it says.” But when it is proven that the Holy Scriptures contain contradictions and inaccuracies, they immediately switch and begin interpreting like fuzzy-headed old liberals. They must want it both ways.

GEORGE B. REED JR., Rossville

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conservative said...

GEORGE B. REED JR., Rossville, you like other Atheists have got it all wrong.

God inspired Moses to write the book of Genesis, it was not a few or several scribes.

The flat earthers were the Atheists/unbelievers. A flat or round earth has nothing to do with the price of eggs in China. However, in the book of Isaiah, God does inform you that the earth is round. You just will not look for yourself, choosing to let others lead you like a sheep to slaughter.

There are not two different accounts of creation in Genesis, both chapters 1 and 2 as well as the entire book was written by Moses. You could read it for yourself instead of being led like a sheep to slaughter.

NO true science has disproved any portion of Scripture, you are just parroting what other Atheists/unbelievers have told you.

Your charge of "contradictions" and "inaccuracies" without any proof further reveals the mindset of an Atheist/unbeliever.

March 25, 2014 at 8:09 a.m.

GEORGE B. REED JR., Rossville!!! Who is this that darkeneth counsel without knowledge??? A 'little' learning is a dangerous thing. Read from Isaiah Chapter 40...and learn.

21 "Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is He that sitteth upon 'THE CIRCLE OF THE EARTH', and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in..."

March 25, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

"The sun softens wax.......The sun hardens clay"...Yep, contradiction! The same sun softens and hardens.

Many very ignorant (very, 'very' ignorant) people slather out silly notions that The Holy Bible contains contradictions. If these individuals will take a few seconds to think about one extremely simple example of 'seeming' 'contradictions' in nature, then I will be so appreciative:

Exothermic and endothermic. Exothermic means energy is radiated outward. Which usually generates heat or heating. Endothermic means energy is radiated inward which usually generates cold or cooling. …When the voltage is high enough, frost can form on each end of an electrical spark gap. This is only one of myriads of examples.

To those who want to live a DeGenerate lifestyle of the anti-Christ..."Go try to sell Your pathetic 'contradictions' balderdash to others (like Yourself).

Did You Get That? ...Don't claim my Saviour spoke in contradictions...unless You know more about the laws of Physics than Your very own Creator, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.


March 25, 2014 at 10:33 a.m.
LibDem said...

As you can see, GEORGE B. REED JR., if you are online, the evangelicals will condemn you but offer no answers. They do the Dance of the Devil around questions.

March 25, 2014 at 11:23 a.m.
conservative said...

Well, I see you like Mr. George Reed offered no proof.

It's your time to shine or run. Which will you do?

March 25, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.
Plato said...

Here's the proof I think you're looking for and pictures don't lie . . .

March 25, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Good letter, George Reed!

Moses, like almost every other character in the Old Testament, has no historical record of ever existing. It's funny to hear Christians basing the entire foundation of their belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God on their supposition that he wrote the first 5 books of the Bible under divine inspiration from God, and that every other contributor to the Bible was equally inspired. That is nonsense. Even if Moses were real, that proves absolutely nothing. Every word of the Bible has been penned and pieced together by MEN whom Christians are simply CHOOSING to believe were divinely inspired. And it is those MEN who are making the claim that the Bible is the actual word of God. How many men through the ages have claimed that God spoke to them? Nowadays we know that if someone makes such a claim he is most likely nuts. Why give any more legitimacy to nuts who supposedly wrote the Bible?

Con-man, you are a bald-faced liar. There ARE indeed two different accounts of the creation in Genesis, one following closely on the heels of the other, with an entirely different sequence of events in each one. You have to be shamelessly and willfully ignorant or else completely illiterate not to acknowledge that.

March 25, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ken Orr, you keep making that preposterous, flimsy "endothermic/exothermic" argument. Man, you are truly a hoot! The contradictions in the Bible are blatant and many. You can blow hot air all day long about certain laws of physics but the simple fact is that when we attempt to communicate our thoughts and ideas we don't speak in riddles or opposites, we say what we mean - at least if our main intent is to be understood. Christian apologists, scholars, and theologians have wasted centuries' worth of precious time trying to make sense out of the nonsense in the Bible, trying to justify and defend the many contradictions and scientific and historical inaccuracies. But if they and you only had the common sense to see the Bible for the book of myths that it is, they wouldn't have wasted so much time and effort on such a meaningless endeavor.

March 25, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

A little something from Mrs. Betty, America's best Christian:

March 25, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.

If an individual is indeed genuinely interested in knowing the Truth regarding Christianity...then...that individual would take the time/initiative to search through my past comments. These comments provide absolute, irrefutable, indisputable, intelligent info. regarding the Holy Bible being inerrant and even beyond scientific (so-called) knowledge of today's pseudo-scientist hoax perpetrators.

It's too easy to build a straw-man, or, simply present an opinion based statement regarding Christianity (all of Holy Bible) being without merit.


March 26, 2014 at 4:32 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Orr, please explain to me why your inerrant Bible and your God endorses murder, rape, and enslavement? Simple question.

March 27, 2014 at 6:47 a.m.
conservative said...

Ken, why bother with him?

His words are abundant evidence that he is an Atheist and has contempt for God.

He just wants to use you to vent his hatred.

March 27, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

You and ken Orr are birds of a feather, Connie. Both Liars for Jesus.

March 27, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.
conservative said...

You have to understand that your hate does not trouble me. It comes with the territory of being a Christian.

You are a self professing Atheist and proud heathen. Your comments are to be expected.

You are the one who ultimately suffers.

March 27, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

So you'd rather lie for Jesus than be truthful? That's revealing.

March 27, 2014 at 2:38 p.m.
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