To The Daily Sun,
I'm not against any religion per se, as long as it's peaceful and teaches good morals, but (Bishop) Paul Blake is a bit over the top. I've noted several of his preachy letters where the guilt is laid on thick with ominous tones of obedience "or else," but his most recent letter is just plain ridiculous.
His brief and one-sided history of Halloween is crass and hardly correct. But I won't get into any history lessons about the pagans. What I find curious is your definition of Halloween, "Although the level of debauchery and wickedness has waxed and waned over the centuries, nothing 'hallowed' has ever been associated with the practice." For your information, those small pagan practices were not even close to the scale of the debauchery and wickedness that the Bible and Christianity has developed and hidden over thousands of years. Granted, history shows that Christians were persecuted in the early years of its following, but once it got rolling, oh how the tide has turned....
To start, there are about 1,283,000 mass killings specifically enumerated in the Bible. Then throw in another 1 to 3 million for the Holy Crusades. Pretty horrific? Not even the tip of the iceberg. There are so many documented and undocumented inhumane incidents from England to Europe to shores of America where people were tortured and killed by so-called Christians. From rich kings to rich plantation owners. But who can blame them right?
After all they were only brainwashed by quotes like this from your Colossians 3:22 "Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord." Or here's a message of hope, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ." (Ephesians 6:5). And if you want some light reading try Ezekiel 25:17, "I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them." (Jules favorite) Slavery, vengeance, murder and don't even get me started on the church's covering up of pedophiles and rapists or how they diverted funds to compensate the victims (all true). Raises some questions to any thinking man. I'm truly sorry if makes me a bad person that I just can't jump in and give myself over to the Lord.
I was raised Roman Catholic, but can only make decisions based on my life experiences and have seen the devastation of religion first-hand when I was in the Middle East. I have spent many hours listening in pews, but have never heard God speak to me. I have however, heard the joy in my children's voices as they excited dress up in costumes and trick-or-treat. The memories are part of a matrix that makes my life special, and as much as your Bible Dress Up Night sounds like a hoot, I prefer our family tradition and am sick of hearing about all the fire and brimstone from hypocrites like yourself. You pick and choose Psalms to further your cause while ignoring the absolute archaic messages and tall stories of the other seventy percent.
Again, I know that all religions have a good side and my own beliefs are spiritual, moral, family-based and optimistic. This letter is only in response to the people who feel the need to chime in and chastise us on a weekly basis while ignoring their own imperfections, namely following a fallible book written by fallible people speaking for a supposed infallible God.
- Category: Letters
- Hits: 305