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Tim Kissner, Omaha

Omaha World Herald – PUBLIC PULSE – July 17, 2008

Focus is on the Bible

A July 10 letter by Joyce Day asserted that belief in Jesus was the only way to eternal life and supported her position with Scripture.

Since then, she also been accused of religious bigotry and of being self-righteous, following a belief that does not allow her to live in peace and harmony with others and not understanding that Jesus is more concerned with how we treat other people than with proper orthodoxy.

Such critics have no problem with Ms. Day. They have a problem with the Bible, since that is the foundation of her belief.

There is nothing bigoted or self-righteous about someone simple expressing a central tenet of the Christian faith. Indeed, the fact that she cares enough to share demonstrates an act of Christian love.

Believing that Jesus is the only way to eternal life and treating others with respect and peace are not mutually exclusive.

Finally, while I agree that it is important to treat others well, it should not be done at the sacrifice of the gospel message, which is that Jesus died for our sins so that we might have eternal life.

Tim Kissner, Omaha

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