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Letter to the editor: Which denomination is the 'true' religion?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:01 am

In response to Mr. Rinearson’s letter, “How does a free society survive without a moral foundation?”

He asks, “What responsibility does a free society bear for assuring that its internal and long term survival remains a certainty?” He goes on to say, “But these days, the free States seems hell-bent in providing the adult American society freedoms to act out however it pleases ...”

He quotes the Continental Congress of 1778: “Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness, it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several states to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof.”

Which Christian denomination represents a “true” religion?

And from where do Christians get their moral foundation from?

Christians have been infighting to establish the one “true” denomination since Christianity began. There are considerable disagreements between denominations, theologians, and comparative religionist about which group can be properly called Christian.

When it comes to building a moral foundation, the Bible isn’t much help. It was written by illiterate old men — about a dead young man named Jesus — in a prescientific, superstitious and patriarchal time. And according to the Hebrew version, God was responsible for the murder of several thousand or even several million people, making Him one of the most prolific mass murders in history.

The history of Christianity doesn’t help, either. In the Inquisition alone, Christians were responsible for the torture and murder of several million innocent people — mostly women — all in the name of God.

Mr.Rinearson asked, “How does a free society survive without a moral foundation that is passed on from one generation to the next?”

The answer is that civilizations and morals evolve, and have done so for millions of years — in spite of religion, and we’re still here.

Philip Reifenrath