To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Christians are not "throwing stones" as Michael Symons said in his letter of Jan. 14 but merely responding to false statements made in an article. According to Symons’ logic, because Jesus never preached about bestiality or witchcraft, those omissions condone both acts before God. He’s incorrect. Jesus came to die. Jesus didn’t come to plant churches -- that was the apostles’ job. Therefore, what the apostles taught is pure Christianity.

Why would Jesus choose apostles and invest so much in them if what they had to say about homosexuality is false? Nevertheless, let’s focus on what Jesus did say. Matthew 10:15: "It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city." Matthew 19:4-6: "Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

In these and other verses, Jesus referenced Sodom and Gomorrah (confirming the sin of homosexuality), that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that the sins under Moses are still sins under Jesus. Adultery was a sin under Moses; it is still a sin under Jesus. Homosexuality, murder and worshiping false gods were sins under Moses; they are still sins under Jesus. Using Symons’ own reference to John 8:7, Jesus protected the adulteress when he said, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her," but Jesus also told the adulteress to "go, and sin no more." She sinned.

Jesus forgave the sin. Adultery is still a sin. Homosexuality is still a sin.

JESSICA BRANCA

Pittsfield