To the editor of THE EAGLE:

In response to the Oct. 2 letter to the editor "Pope advocates Christ-like attitude," I agree that Jesus loves everyone and we ought to do the same. But I have a problem with Jesus being tolerant because His death on the cross would have been pointless.

If Jesus was tolerant, than he would accept Webster’s definition of tolerance as "willing to tolerate the beliefs, way of living, etc., of others." Instead, it says in John 1:29B, "Look the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world," and in Mark 1:15, "The time has come. The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news."

If Jesus was tolerant, He wouldn’t care if we live any way we want. But he does. The problem is we don’t call sin, sin. But He does.

Mat. 24:35 says "Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." The Bible does not contradict itself, otherwise God would be a liar and he is not.

We need to believe that Jesus can change our lives and free us from sin or we can reject it. We can accept and believe His word or not, but we just don’t tolerate everything.

BILL BROOKMAN

Pittsfield


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