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September 19, 2014

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letter to the editor:

It’s wrong to blame religion for wars

I am writing in response to the July 18 letter “The problem of organized religion.”

With all due respect, this belief that organized religion is the cause of wars, and all that goes with it — pain, bloodshed and mayhem — is as old as the hills and is once again based on mankind’s limited earthly minds. It’s also an easy accusation to make.

Imagine for a moment, as John Lennon wrote and sang about, that there were no religion. Do you really think that strife and wars would end?

I know what good intentions Lennon had in his song “Imagine.” Sadly, he was murdered in the streets of New York City, and it had nothing to do with religion.

The basic sinful nature of man, which includes greed, selfishness, arrogance, pride, bigotry, intolerance and all the other negative attributes, will be in place with or without religion. People and nations will dispute turf and possessions until the stars turn to ashes.

One thing that my religion (Christianity) does is look beyond what is earthly with the theme of love and forgiveness.

There is at least one thing that is true. God did not intend for there to be all these Christian denominations. But that’s just the way it is.

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