Biblical mixed bag
MARILYN Warbis (letter 30th August) offers us a mixed bag of Biblical comments.
Her critical statement that Jesus "did not uphold everything we read in the Bible" was not supported by any examples and why does she think that the Bible being written between approximately 1500BC and 100AD poses a problem?
Even Professor Richard Dawkins admits that Jesus existed as an historical person (he now calls himself an agnostic; not an atheist). Marilyn's biggest fallacy however is over the words "happy" and "happiness" which she claims Jesus taught; and she herself advocates.
What Jesus did teach about was the foolish man who said "...Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."
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But God said to him "You fool, this very night your life will be demanded from you" (Luke 12:19-20).
Jesus taught us to be Holy here on Earth so that we can have true happiness in Heaven; the modern world wants happiness now and holiness after we die.
What Jesus does offer us on Earth is real peace, hope and joy; which is far better than any temporary happiness that the world can offer.
Marilyn's final comment completes this "mixed bag" of Biblical comments when she says "It is the spirit of life which matters, not any concrete letter of the law".
I agree totally! The Apostle Paul, writing about the letter of the Old Testament Law and the Holy Spirit, says "For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life" (2 Corinthians 3:6).