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When Den­zel Chung ( Per­fect love, June 17) as­serted I had made ‘‘a lot of un­for­tu­nate as­sump­tions about Chris­tian­ity’’, he couldn’t have been more wrong.

I was a so-called ‘born again Chris­tian’ for 15 years, so I am mak­ing well-in­formed as­ser­tions, not as­sump­tions, on this sub­ject.

Den­zel in­eptly para­phrases scrip­ture to sug­gest that we hea­then de­serve to be mer­ci­lessly tor­tured for­ever be­cause of the ‘sins’ we com­mit through­out our life.

How­ever, the ma­jor­ity of de­nom­i­na­tions teach the doc­trine of ‘Orig­i­nal Sin’. Long story short, God ac­tu­ally cre­ated us as sin­ners.

We are not sin­ners be­cause we sin – that horse bolted at our birth. So born a sin­ner = ‘de­serve’ pun­ish­ment (hell).

Den­zel con­sid­ers the pos­si­bil­ity of a world sans re­li­gion - ‘‘a cruel , ran­dom, heart­less world with no room for con­cepts like mercy and grace – where sur­vival of the fittest rules...’’.

Now that ex­plains why my athe­ist/ag­nos­tic friends keep rob­bing and killing each other. Thanks Den­zel.

Kerry Page


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