ROMNEY AND RELIGION
Nothing Christian about Romney's faith
Mitt Romney made the following statement recently when a discussion on faith came up. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and he is the salvation for mankind. In addition, Mitt also said that he believed he receives guidance from God and the church. I believe it is time to set the record straight on what Mitt Romney believes as he claims to be Christian. Mitt believes that God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are not one in the same. He believes that God was once a man like us and gained godhood through positive efforts in another life, he believes that Jesus Christ is the brother of Satan.
As you can see, Romney talks the Christian talk and words things to appear that he is Christian but in fact he is not.
Christians, make sure you are ready to change your views on Christianity if you plan to vote for Romney.
DEAN WILKIE, Meridian
Writer misses mark
Even though, in my opinion, the Statesman has strong leanings toward the political left, I was very surprised that you would publish Christianne Campbells hate letter on Sept. 14. The letter is a prejudicial, bigoted, racist, generalizing writing. As a Christian the writer concludes that those who believe in Mormonism are unable to render good judgment and is not better than a poached egg.
I see no Christ-like attributes in the writing of her letter. There are many different Christian denominations and they do not doctrinally agree nor do they agree on the concept of God. I wonder what the writer would have to say about those that are Jews, Muslims, atheists, or of any other religion.
I also wonder if the writers write-in will be Poached Egg. Actually that would be as effective as any other write-in. Basically there are only three choices President Obama, Mitt Romney or a protest vote. The writer failed to mention her concerns, if any, about President Obama.
Im probably not kind, but I cant resist saying that the writer certainly qualifies to go to her reference book, Mormonism for Dummies.
MELVIN J. WESTOVER, Boise
LDS Jesus not same as Christian Jesus
Hold everything, please, before you put my Christian Jesus in the same box with your Mormon Jesus. This is written in love to reply to Steve Gardners letter about Mormons being victims of misinformation. Our Jesus is the son of God, born of the virgin Mary, God incarnate, eternal.
Your Jesus is the son of Elohim, name for God in Hebrew Bible, and one of his wives. Elohim was from the planet Kolob and Lucifer, Satan is your Jesus brother. Joseph Smith taught God himself was once as we are now and is an exalted man.
I am not a theologian, but it does not take one to recognize the many differences in our belief about who Jesus is!
A good source is MormonThink.com. We should never stop searching for complete understanding and truth.
PEGGY STEWART, Boise
RELIGION AND POLITICS
Republicans show hatred toward Jesus
As Americans go to the polls on Nov. 6, they should ponder the question: Why does the GOP hate Jesus? In his famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6&7), Jesus told his followers that they cannot serve God and mammon. Furthermore, Jesus commanded his followers not to lay up treasurers on Earth. Jesus also told his followers Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:40)
The original Christian economic system was based on communism: from each according to his ability; to each according to his need (Acts 2:45, 4:35).
Since Republican economics is based on taking ever more from the workers to give to the uberwealthy, all the while gutting the services for the least of these, the question remains: Why does the GOP hate Jesus?
On Nov. 6, vote for Jesus by voting against the GOP!
GARY L. BENNETT, Emmett
Stop giving money to our enemies
It is an outrage that our taxpayer money is going to nations that hate us, and have now murdered our U.S. ambassador; $147 million of taxpayer money is going to the Palestinian Authority, which has partnered with Hamas, a known terrorist organization. Hamas states in its charter that it is launching a holy war against Israel, the enemy and confronting the enemy is the personal duty of every Muslim man and woman. Jihad is its path and the death for the sake of Allah. Hamas is committed to the annihilation of the Jews.
President Obama, rather than standing by Israel, wants to renew Muslim outreach. His administration has gotten around Congress, which froze this funding, with a waiver. This is an overreach of power by the executive branch. We need to stop giving our enemies our money now.
I am sorry the Muslims are distressed and their religious emotions are hurt because of the recent Internet film. I find it distressing that the Pakistani leader has offered a $100,000 bounty for the killing of the filmmaker. I am also distressed over the fact that the Muslims want to annihilate the Jews and persecute the Christians.
KAREN SWANSON, Meridian
LACK OF FAITH
Seeing people live without hope is sad
As a Christian, I was deeply saddened by the letter headed, Its all about faith, that appeared in your Sept. 24 edition. The writer seemed to feel that it would have been better for him if he had not been born. Because I believe there is a god who created each of us, hoping that we would reach out to him, I so regret that so many people live their entire lives without any hope of something better beyond the grave. I cant prove that God exists. I cant prove that the Bible is his word.
Many years ago, when Barry Goldwater ran for president, his slogan was, In your heart, you know hes right. God is like that, saying that his spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. This is the witness that I feel, by faith. I wish that your writer, and everyone who reads this letter, had that feeling.
WALTER B. VARNES, Nampa