Reader responds to Nave letter on Bible, politics

10:06 am | November 5, 2012

To the editor:

Mr. D.D. Nave, let me quote you: “Christians put aside others’ opinions, and even put aside their opinions, wisdom, party loyalty and emotions and base all decisions on the Bible.”

Every letter you write to the editor is filled with your opinions and wisdom. Your last letter regarding Ms. Garland is a direct contradiction of your own words.

Both parties use the Bible to their advantage. The Republicans use the Bible to cast fear in the hearts of America. Since the Bible is open to interpretation, I guess we are all guilty. Any given verse in the Bible can be used by any of us to support our position and beliefs.

Here is an example of that:

1 John 3: 13-15

“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer; and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

My interpretation:

President Obama is hated by many, yet he has shown love for all of his brothers in trying to make decisions he thinks are best for everyone. Gov. Romney has stated that he is not “concerned” with 47 percent of us. Meaning he does not love all of his brothers, only the brothers that can afford to pay $50,000 to eat at his table.

See how my interpretation supports my beliefs? I am positive that your letter of rebuttal will interpret those verses to support your beliefs. Of course, that will mean that you will have, once again, contradicted yourself on Christians putting aside their opinions.

The biggest message I see in 1 John is that “We should love one another.”

I may not agree with you Mr. Nave, but I do love you.

Lela Hughis, Elizabethton

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