THE EDITOR, Sir:
THANK YOU for the opportunity to respond to, dare I say testify against, the preaching of Victor McGibbon in the Sunday, March 26 Letter of the Day.
His addition to the arguments forwarded in articles, and letters by Dr. Orville Taylor and Mr. Arthur R. Phidd is a nice-looking package, but I'm not buying it, nor that side of the argument, and I hope most of us won't either.
With respect due and thanks to the good Reverend for giving me the opportunity to testify, let me suggest there are probably better arguments on the other side of this coin. Indeed, his is the sort of well-packaged argument more easily made by the first Christian Caesar than the resurrected, eternally-living Jesus of the New Testament.
THE LAW OF MOSES
Let's remember the Christian God created the Law of Moses, not Moses, and that regardless of anyone's definition of 'killing' or 'murder', it all says what it means, and means what it says, at least to some of us.
It's possible Jesus was not trying to avoid conflict with religious leaders when, with only his spoken word, he saved the life of a prostitute from a mob. He might have just been trying to save a life!
It's also quite possible that I speak for millions of Christians today when I suggest that the world has seen enough of the sort of religion, Christian or otherwise, which comes complete with a set of instructions on what to believe, and a sword, together in the same box.
I am, etc.,