Letters to the Editor, June 7
God's word says life begins in womb
To the editor:
God's word says life begins in the womb. In 2nd Timothy 2:15 we are told to study God's word, not just casually read it. In a letter to the editor of May 31 a writer evidently failed to follow these instructions. He ridiculed a previous writer as being uneducated or able to read when he himself seems to be guilty of these things.
He wrote that abortion is not murder and referenced Job 3:3, 10-11, 16. He wrote that in 3:16 Job saw a fetus as not having existence. I would suggest that he read 3:11 where Job asked why did he not live at birth. In order to die one must first be alive. Other translations say "never saw light" or "miscarriage." Not they never existed.
The writer also references remarks of Job's friend Elihu as stating that spirit animates and unites the body to make a living soul. But in 33:1-4, Elihu says, "the Spirit of God made me and the breath of the Almighty gave me life."
In Exodus 21:22-25, God told Moses that if two men are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and if she or the child is killed, the striker was to be put to death. Life for life. God considers the unborn infant as a child having life.
As the writer wrote, "nothing can be clearer."
People need to learn how to interpret readings
To the editor:
In the May 31st edition, on the topic of abortion, it was written that people need to educate themselves and learn how to read. I say people need to better understand and learn how to correctly interpret what they read. Even I have felt like Job, thinking things would be better if I hadn't been born, but in no way does that come close to conditioning abortion.
"I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments" (Colossians 2:4).
Try relating to this story: As an emergency worker arrives at the scene of an accident, finding an unconscious victim, the worker would immediately check for a pulse. The checking of a pulse is to indicate whether or not the heart is beating. We base whether or not there is life on a beating heart. If the heart is beating, that victim is alive.
In the womb, the baby's heart is beating by the time it's 6 weeks old. To have an abortion, to kill the unborn baby or "fetus," stops a beating heart. This means abortion is murder. The Bible is clear: "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13). This command has even been interpreted into federal, state and local law. There have been over 48 million babies killed in the United States and some people don't say anything or just try to dismiss it using whatever means, like the gentleman who wrote concerning Job. When will we learn that we can't take scripture and bend it to whatever we want to believe? We have to take our beliefs and line them up to what scripture says, or we shouldn't believe at all.
I have found scriptures dealing with the life of an unborn child: "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart" (Jeremiah 1:5). "For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:13-14). So is a "fetus" considered as a bona fide human being be God? Yes.
Here are some facts about abortion:
* Approximately 3,700 per day
* 1 percent from rape or incest
* 93 percent from unwanted or inconvenience
* 87 percent from self-proclaimed Christians
To those who are unsure of their stance on this topic, I give you scriptures, out of love, for you to consider: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) "Neither death nor life...will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)
Lord forgive us.
City needs to address cluttered ditch, yard
To the editor:
I feel it is time to go through with what I told Mayor Wallace Cartwright I would do. My wife and I have written several letters to (director of Public Works) Mr. Mark Clanton that were copied to Mr. Cartwright, asking to get junk picked up, with the last letter going to Mr. Cartwright telling him the problem we are having with getting the director of public works to remove trash from a ditch on Ligon Drive.
It is my understanding that when something is put in the ditch it will be picked up, but there seems to be a communication problem. This man has a piece of tin nailed to several landscape timbers laying in the ditch.
When we get a lot of rain, water stands in the ditch. Mr. Clanton answered back to one letter that he was on top of the situation and he had it under control.
For the past two years we have tried to get the codes person to get the property cleaned up at the same address.
This owner has an old car that will not start and two trailers beside it. There is a bathtub laying beside all this. This along with piles of leaves he likes to rake around the yard. There are several buildings on the property some with lean-tos attached, which I think are not allowed in a residential neighborhood. It appears that this situation has been let go for too long and my next stop is calling the TV news.
Darrell & Lydia White,
How long until Obama visits with bin Laden?
To the editor:
I read where Obama is considering taxing health care benefits. Another broken promise of his campaign rhetoric, or perhaps his original stance on adamantly stating that he would never tax health care benefits, was just another of his lies rather than a promise. Of course the nation's liberal news media only submitted a small nondescript article on this immensely potential impact on already overtaxed Americans; this time to the tune of an additional $250 billion taxes.
However, the Nashville liberal news with its agenda of total appeasement and never publish anything negative about the Great Messiah, did plaster on the front page of its June 3 issue the breath-taking news that Obama's spirit of healing the world's woes and enhancing America's image to our sworn enemies is evolving and he is reaching out to the Muslims. Guess his next move will be "to offer the hand of friendship" to Osama bin Laden and visit him as the Head of State in whichever Pakistan cave he now resides in.
Charles David Sliger,
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