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Love, understand and accept people for they are

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To the editor,

Religion, God, nan, and historical writings: as a long time student of the "Bible" and various religions, I believe it's time to clarify some of the tales, mysteries, and political nonsense.

A good starting point is Joseph Smith. He was disturbed by all the contradictions between various sects, so chose an unusual approach: start over without past baggage. The intent was good, and the result was good, but as I understand it, the dishonesty was, and still is ...

To the editor,

Religion, God, nan, and historical writings: as a long time student of the "Bible" and various religions, I believe it's time to clarify some of the tales, mysteries, and political nonsense.

A good starting point is Joseph Smith. He was disturbed by all the contradictions between various sects, so chose an unusual approach: start over without past baggage. The intent was good, and the result was good, but as I understand it, the dishonesty was, and still is damaging. The Church of Later-day Saints seems to me to be the best, REAL Christian church ever, but still limited by the mixed writings in the New and Old Testaments.

Anyone who can read and think, will find the Old Testament to be an interesting pseudo history of religiously wishful people, largely based on ignorance. Those who pretend that it is the word of God, seriously insult God! The suffering caused by such stupidity has far exceeded that caused by Hitler in WW2. The New Testament is much better, but still largely contradictory and clearly NOT what a loving God wants for us. The best I can get from it is that Jesus Christ LOVED all, and tried to teach that to ALL, but it has taken over two centuries for the churches to even totally accept that! I consider myself to be a Christian, but NOT as the churches preach!

Love, understanding, acceptance of people as they were born and have evolved, IS the way of Christ.

Jack Stephenson

Gilford