Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


OPINIONS

Justifying revenge is unjustifiable

Lacking coverage

It's foreign policy

Not enough Intini at Western

God does love everyone

Forward is a good thing

More than just a symbolic figure

Vandals

Hipsters Ave. providing avenues for tolerance

Not picking on pros

Love sinner, hate sin

Love sinner, hate sin



Re: New view on old book, March 19



To the Editor:

I am writing in defense of those of us who believe in the "collection of words written eons ago." I'm offended by the implication made by Sabrina that a belief in the Bible makes someone less educated or sophisticated in their thoughts and I want to clarify the truth about what God thinks about homosexuality.

First, I'll address the question posed by Sabrina, "what educated mind takes what they read at par? As students... we are taught to research, research, research." To repeat an excellent point made by Jeremy Johnston in a letter to the Editor on March 11, "the Bible was penned by 40 different authors... over a span of 1,600 years, on three continents and in three languages."

I think that would make it difficult for this group of "guys" to get together for a few too many drinks and throw together some religious propaganda calling it holy. And yet they managed to maintain perfect consistency and homogeneity. This book has been thoroughly studied and researched, as have its sources.

Now to address a point made several times in Sabrina's article. "God wants us to 'love thy neighbour, except if they're gay.'" It does NOT say that in the Bible. The Bible does state homosexuality is wrong [1 Cor. 6:9-11] but God never instructs us to hate sinners no matter what the sin.

Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." He loved us enough to send his son to die for us even though we were sinners who do not deserve anything from God. This is not a God who chooses one sinner over another to love. He loves ALL of us and wants us to do the same. Love the sinner, hate the sin.

Rachel Tannahill
Arts I




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