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Letter: Homosexuals won’t go to heaven

Re “In defense of fundamentalism and the supreme standard (Edward Jaworski, Monitor Opinion page, July 11):

As a Christian I believe we have a God who has given us absolutes that are unchanging. This includes what Scripture says about homosexuality or those who defile themselves with mankind; it is disgusting and needs to be politically removed as a definition of marriage.

Yet Russell Rowland implies Christ is his Lord and Savior (“Time for politeness is past,” Monitor letter, July 3). Mr. Rowland, I pray for you that you may truly understand that Christ died for our sins and, yes, homosexuals will not enter the kingdom of God, according to Scriptures. This is how much our God loves us by dying for sinners. Friends don’t let friends go to hell, sir.

MELISSA MAY

Concord

Legacy Comments11

My son is gay. Melissa suggests my spouse, my other child and I will be eligible for heaven, while my gay son is blocked. Nah, my God would never let my family spend eternity apart, and in the company of those who've squandered their whole life on hate.

Dear Melissa, you should've ended your letter with your 1st sentence: "As a Christian I believe blah, blah, blah . . . " You have every right to believe whatever you wish, but they are just that - BELIEFS. They are not FACTS, nor LAWS.

"Judge not, lest ye be judged." - Matthew 7:1 "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." - John 8:7 "And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is none other commandment greater than these." - Mark 12:31 Isn't it obvious Ms. May falls into the category of cherry-picking Bible verses and interpreting them to her own twisted desires? Given the content of this and other letters, you sound like you'd be more at home in 1953 than in 2013.

Another letter from a brain-washed follower. Aren't people aware that these "Scriptures" are written by men to control the masses? Organized religion is written by men for men and women who aren't allowed to think for themselves. Melissa, gay people are still your gods children. You're no better or worse than them so don't get so high and morally mighty with your bigotry of gays.

May's letter reminds me of Mark Twain's quip that he'd choose "Heaven for the climate, and Hell for the company".

1. The US is not a theocracy. We do not base our laws on religious belief. 2. There is no statuatory requirement for anyone to behave in such a way as to ensure that they go to heaven. See #1. 3. Some religions believe homosexuality is a sin. Some do not. Doesn't matter either way. See #1. 4. Marriage laws cannot be based on religious belief. See #1. 5. I think there are lots of disgusting things - even including from things that are disgusting from my own religious point of view, but I don't ask for laws against them. See #1.

Why do people worry so much what other people are going to heaven? Are they afraid to be contaminated? Being so self-righteous might keep Melissa out of heaven herself.

Oh dear Lord save us from the affirmation by faith alone crowd. They go to church on Sundays and sin all week and expect to go to heaven, but yet gays and lesbians will be left out. How convenient.

Didn't Jesus say "whoever believes in me will be saved"? There was no "except" after that statement. If your saved you will go to heaven if that's your religions idea of an afterlife.

Melissa, you can think whatever you want, but this country is not run on anyone's interpretation of "Scripture". Please study the Constutition before you go making claims about the legitimacy of inserting your religious beliefs into the law making process of the US.

Melissa, I think where we go, in the plane of existence, is God's call.

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