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home : opinions : opinions   April 29, 2016

3/1/2013 9:32:00 AM
Letters to the editor: And the truth shall set you free





I would like to recognize Derek Bonnell and Father Gardner for well-articulated letters regarding so-called same sex marriage. Often Father Gardner will write in defending the faith and usually what follows is an angry letter from someone who opposes the Church’s moral teaching.  These arguments are rarely well articulated and usually end in name calling such as “hateful.”  Sandy Slusarek’s response is a typical example. 
The idea of Relativism has been wholeheartedly embraced by our culture. Relativism essentially states: “your version of the Truth is true for you and my version of the truth is true for me even if they directly oppose one another; they are both still valid.” This idea is forming the thoughts of our culture and now our laws.  This is evident in the push for same sex marriage which rejects thousands of years of human history and the Bible.
What happened to the Defense of Marriage Act, that marriage would be a union of one man and one woman?  Now our current officials are ignoring this law and human history regarding marriage. The basic building block of any society is the family and as it is continually undermined we should expect our society to suffer and eventually collapse.
The idea that it is hateful to call something morally wrong is a pitiful statement.  The Bible clearly describes love in 1 st Corinthians : “love does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth.”  Jesus also states that “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through the Son.”  The idea that you can reject basic moral principles described in the New and Old Testament is to reject Jesus, who is himself Truth.  Sadly many Christian denominations reject this truth by supporting so called same sex marriage and the brutal and violent destruction of human life through abortion. To claim to be followers of Christ and to support such ideas is a glaring contradiction that can only be justified through the philosophy of Relativism.
I encourage those who speak the truth out of love to continue to do so while it is still legal. It is already illegal in Canada to speak out against same sex marriage. In our culture that embraces so many dark philosophies it should be no surprise this same culture rejects the Light which is Truth.
Brian Gross,
Peru










Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Ron, I agree with you, not that it matters as I will never spend as much time as this person called Kepha does touting what the truth is.
Much time has passed betweennow and when the Old Testament was set down in writing. Less time has passed between now and the time the New Testament was written.
In both cases there were no literal meanings for some words.
Science so much in the bible to have been wrong but getting Kepha to admit so is a lesson in pure folly.
The only thing you can do is present the truth as has been proven to be and let the reader check the facts for them self.
Good Luck!!!! .
This is almost like watching and listening to The pres. say some thing or do something and then watching Fox Newscasters tell what they heard.


Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

Ron, Your point, as far as I can tell, is that truth is relative so you have your truth and I have mine. Truth, as you see it, is moveable based on majority decision. If a majority think two men can marry it must be so. I think truth is fixed.

The problem I'm having is that what you have put forward to convince me of your relativism and dissuade me from referencing the Bible is wrong the facts you're using are false. I'm certainly not perfect, far from it, but I am arguing from fact.

If your point is something else I am sorry I've missed it.


Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: ronwood61

Kepha, you totally miss my point so I am done trying to debate a "perfect" person such as you. Goodbye.

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

Ron,
The fact that the Apocrypha (Deuterocanonical books) where in every copy of the Bible until 1880 says more about those that removed them then about the 1500 years of folks (Catholic and Protestant) that accepted them.

What books were removed during the dark ages? Are you referring to Luther...he also wanted to removed James from the NT because it disagreed with his theology.

The translation issue is a moot point. We have some original and other very early (1st and 2nd century) copies. Today's good translations match the original.

The quote you give is false. It exists in a satirical work by playwright John Bale title the Pageant. Bale was an ex-Catholic who bitterly hated the Church. You may have seen the quote sited as follows...Encyc. Brit., 14th Ed. Xix, pg. 217. The quote cannot be found in this edition of Britannica. That said, Leo X was not a very good pope.

Again, the truth is fixed, unwavering and unchanging. It is the honest pursuit of truth that sets us free. If we disagree, one of us is wrong.


Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Article comment by: ronwood61

Kepha, your "truths" are your truths, not mine or millions of others. The Apocrypha was part of every Christian Bible until it was removed from Protestant versions in the 1880's. Several books were also removed in the Dark Ages plus the bible had been translated from its' Hebrew/Greek/Latin languages into hundreds of other languages before it was restricted to only the Latin Vulgate with execution as the penalty for possession of others. To quote Pope Leo the Tenth, "The fable of Christ has been quite profitable to us". But you may take the Bible literally if you wish.


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