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Letter to the Editor
To be published or read whichever applies
The True Meaning of Christmas
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...” (Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776) “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis, that basis is a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God, that they are not to be violated but with His wrath?” (Thomas Jefferson) "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,... He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, ...To set free those who are downtrodden, (Jesus Christ, Luke 4: 18; Isaiah 61:1,2a) “...and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.... If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (Jesus Christ, John 8:32, 36) God sent His Son to set mankind free. Free will is a gift from God. Man has the right to choose - good or evil, His way or our way, truth or lies. Jesus made a most intolerant statement. Some may even label His statement “hateful”. Jesus said, "... I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. (John 14:6) Is this quote one of hate or intolerance or is it a statement of love - the infallible, revelation of God to man? A recent newsletter, “The Beacon” written by Pastor Lane Jones of the Calkins Union Baptist Church in Milanville, contained a controversial article entitled, “Do We All Really Worship the Same God?” The first sentence says, “By merely looking at the words in the (Koran) and comparing them to the words of the Bible it becomes obvious that there is a vast difference in their teaching concerning God.” Is this statement hateful, intolerant or is it the use of a gift God has given man - freedom of choice, freedom to proclaim the truth, freedom to be light and salt to the world? Some say, there is no truth, there is no right or wrong, all beliefs are equal - are they? You choose! As for me and my household we choose to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, to love everyone, even our enemies and to pray that all would come to the knowledge of the Truth - Jesus Christ. Christians have not been called to be intolerant, biased, hateful, or to convict anyone of disobedience to God. We have been called to love our neighbors and our enemies as ourselves, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to be His instruments of righteousness and to proclaim to all men, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) Thank God for the freedom we have in the USA to choose!
Pastor Bob Paquet, Ph.D. – Callicoon Center, NY
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