Sinful world does earn God's wrath

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God says that those who bless Israel will be blessed, and those who curse Israel will be cursed. Letter writer Cassandra Harris ("Minister is straight out of 'dark ages,'" June 16) needs to know that, by virtue of voting for President Obama, we have invited curses, and, yes, storms and the lot.

God uses events that cause suffering not to show he hates us but to break us if we yield. This is far too much for others to comprehend. When broken, He builds a gem of our lives. He is "no respecter of persons"; the rain falls on the just and unjust. God does not prevent evil in all cases. He does protect, too, as a parent does, but man is given a free will, which the Rev. Timothy Fellows ("Expect 'acts of God' on sinful world," June 9) does not believe.

You are hurt by those who exercise their evil thoughts. You can choose whom you serve. For God to always prevent evil is to keep you from graduating through life with a passing grade and lessons learned.

As for Ms. Harris saying it isn't a "blind man's fault that he was born blind," eating habits of the mother, genetics and health play roles, too.

Know God for yourself, and do not judge the one who created all for you to inherit one day on Earth and in Heaven. That is loving!

Michael J. Rhoden

Augusta

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dougk
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dougk 06/27/11 - 10:36 pm
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Lord, have mercy. Mr. Rhoden
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Lord, have mercy. Mr. Rhoden is right, this is far too much for others to comprehend.

faithson
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faithson 06/28/11 - 12:38 am
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The AC has a Saturday section

The AC has a Saturday section for religious dialogue. Could the editors please move letters of this nature to that section, on that day. Mr. Rhoden deserves to be heard. The airing of his 'opinion' on spiritual curses should be in the 'religious section', not the editorial section.

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 06/28/11 - 03:08 am
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Real quick, since you say

Real quick, since you say that a person invites evil on themselves by thought, etc., what type of evil curses does a newborn child invite on themselves when born to abusive, drug-fueled parents? I'm not saying that there is not a "grand design" or anything of that sort, I'm just trying to figure out how naturally occurring, scientifically explained, storms can equate to 17th century-type thinking.

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 06/28/11 - 03:10 am
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BTW... How do letters to the

BTW... How do letters to the editor like this get published, yet one that questions why we, as Americans, have not done something about our government's rapid decay into something that is not supposed to be not get published?

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copperhead 06/28/11 - 06:17 am
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god is punishing the U.S. for

god is punishing the U.S. for it's stand on ILLEGAL (AGAISNT THE LAW) immigration! Save your soul and open our borders to all!

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 06/28/11 - 07:05 am
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The letter writer is right

The letter writer is right about God's occasional use of storms and castastrophies to lead people to repent, but he has not shown that the recent tornadoes stemmed from our nation's worsening treatment of Israel. Some of those tornados, as I've noted, hit the biblically conservative city of Joplin, Mo., which includes believers supportive of Israel.

The most important part of this letter was overlooked by the headline writer: "... God does not prevent evil in all cases. He does protect, too, as a parent does, but man is given a free will, which the Rev. Timothy Fellows ("Expect 'acts of God' on sinful world," June 9) does not believe.

"You are hurt by those who exercise their evil thoughts. You can choose whom you serve."

The belief that man can't choose to trust in Christ and that Christ died only for the elect can lead to preaching devoid of love. Contrary to Timothy Fellows Jr. and Fred Phelps, we can choose whether to serve God or not, and God desires that we all repent and be saved.

"... Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:15 English Standard Version).

"The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance" (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).

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nannygoat 06/28/11 - 08:41 am
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As ye sow, so shall ye reap!

As ye sow, so shall ye reap! An oldie but a goodie. More importantly, it is exactly to the point. God is the Supreme ruler. He works on his time and as He sees fit. We cannot infer we know what God is doing and why. That is what faith is about. He has provided and protected us in the past and we have faith He will continue to do so. Trust me, none of us get what we truly deserve!! Praise God for that fact alone.

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augusta citizen 06/28/11 - 08:47 am
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nannygoat, Amen to that!

nannygoat, Amen to that!

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/28/11 - 08:57 am
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If there is an almighty,

If there is an almighty, omnipotent God who has given us very specific commands as to how to live, and since modern culture has pretty much completely disregarded God's rules, then we should not be questioning the reason as to why bad things occasionally happen. We should be questioning why don't terrible things happen all the time? God has every right to wipe the slate clean and start over. Catastrophe could be the rule, not the exception. It is only by God's grace and mercy that we as a culture are still here, and are still able to openly question God's actions and motives.

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 06/28/11 - 09:12 am
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Wow, You guys really can find

Wow, You guys really can find any excuse to explain religiously what is ACTUALLY SCIENTIFIC HAPPENINGS.

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InChristLove 06/28/11 - 09:29 am
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Paul, if God created all the

Paul, if God created all the scientific elements that you say are creating the scientific happenings, then logic would determine that God is then the one in control. (IMO)

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/28/11 - 09:37 am
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Yeah, if God is the author of

Yeah, if God is the author of all things scientific, then of course he can work through scientifically-explained events. Not saying he always does, but he certainly can. That's really no leap of faith at all. Just makes sense.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/28/11 - 09:58 am
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faithson, Mr. Rhoden's letter

faithson, Mr. Rhoden's letter was written in response to two other individuals' letters writing on the same subject. Sure didn't see where you complained about their letters being displayed in the other day's editorial. All three individuals have a right to voice their opinion through their letter and if we agree or disagree with their view is what the comment section is for.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 06/28/11 - 10:06 am
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Yawn... someone has been
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Yawn... someone has been going to Fred Phelps' "church"

dkeithg
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dkeithg 06/28/11 - 10:20 am
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Perhaps you could start a

Perhaps you could start a fantasy section for those who believe in 'god'? And about all this wrath coming down on us due to Obama: what was Katrina (under Bush)?

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/28/11 - 10:25 am
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Maybe we could start a

Maybe we could start a fantasy section for those who believe they are 'god'?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/28/11 - 10:35 am
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If a section for those who

If a section for those who believe in God is called a fantasy section....isn't that an oxymoron.

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 06/28/11 - 11:15 am
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...or...OR, We could start a

...or...OR, We could start a fantasy section for everyone who believes that everything that happens negatively on Earth is the machinations of a deity who, coincidentally, doesn't approve of the same things that those individuals don't believe in.

I didn't realize that we were all miraculously transported back to the 1600's.

If you believe that there is or isn't a "higher power," that's fine...believe what you FEEL. However, it's kind of regressive to the human condition to believe that scientifically explainable, naturally occurring events are the cause of a god that doesn't like, for example, gays marching down the road. How VERY Westboro Baptist of you.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/28/11 - 11:43 am
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Agree, Paul. But, I don't

Agree, Paul. But, I don't think God working through scientific means is at all 1600's. That is a timeless concept. For sure, we don't attribute volcanic eruption or earthquakes to God's anger -- we understand the scientific basis of these events -- but, again, who's to say that God cannot work through such events to accomplish His purposes (whatever those may be).

Feelings are irrelevant. That is a regressive human notion, for sure. Facts and truth are what matter. The Bible instructs people to test all things, weigh the evidence, and base beliefs only upon truth. Pretty scientific of God, wouldn't you say?

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nannygoat 06/28/11 - 11:48 am
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It amazes me that for all the

It amazes me that for all the research some folks have done to disprove God and the bible, they haven't figured out that there is nothing they CAN disprove. Many notable scholars who did exactly that have come to the conclusion that not only is the bible and God's word the truth it is the ONLY truth possible. If that makes me archaic, so be it. I've been called worse. Besides, I love being on the team that will ultimately be the winner!!!! God said so, and I relish the thought!

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burninater 06/28/11 - 12:00 pm
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Besides, I love being on the

Besides, I love being on the team that will ultimately be the winner!!!!
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Noone engenders a feeling of smug self-superiority like Jesus, huh nannygoat?

nannygoat
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nannygoat 06/28/11 - 12:24 pm
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Nope, just the truth. It

Nope, just the truth. It doesn't make me feel smug or superior. I makes me feel sad that there are people who don't know God and Jesus. That through their own smugness they will miss out on Eternity with the Father and the glory that awaits us.

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ECDanes 06/28/11 - 12:31 pm
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I know of several people who

I know of several people who have sent Letters to the editor to the AC over the past week that have not been published, yet stuff like this letter routinely ends up on the op/ed page. I know of one letter that was sent in regarding the ballpark that was well written and for whatever reason it was not puiblished. I agree with the earlier posater, why not print these types of letters in the "Religion" section in Sunday's paper. This really makes the AC look like a joke paper

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/28/11 - 12:33 pm
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Hey, if Jesus is indeed God

Hey, if Jesus is indeed God -- as he claimed many times -- then doesn't that make him Superior? If he is not God, then he's a liar and deceiver.

The issue is not "feeling" superior. Feelings are fleeting. Truth is the issue. Either Jesus was/is God, or he's a liar. That is the issue.

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burninater 06/28/11 - 12:34 pm
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So sad that you "relish the

So sad that you "relish the thought", eh? Don't feel sad for me though. We all find meaning and fulfillment in different ways. I understand that you believe that your beliefs are the only possible truth. I respectfully disagree.

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burninater 06/28/11 - 12:35 pm
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*12:34 post @nannygoat :-)

*12:34 post @nannygoat :-)

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/28/11 - 12:38 pm
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So Burni, you're saying Jesus

So Burni, you're saying Jesus was a liar?

burninater
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burninater 06/28/11 - 12:43 pm
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@howcan -- there are further

@howcan -- there are further possibilities than you mention, such as 1) the New Testament may misattribute quotes to Jesus, as none of it was written by him (considering that it was compiled by unknown individuals years after Christ's death, it is difficult to separate that which is true from that which is not), and 2) Jesus may have intended much of his language as metaphor, not literal truth. I understand that people believe they can discern Biblical truth with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, but people have made a lot of claims through man's history. That doesn't make them true.

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edubb 06/28/11 - 12:48 pm
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@ Michale J Rhoden I am so

@
Michale J Rhoden

I am so tired of people and their false interpretation of the Bible. President Obama is a Christian. That is a fact. And your trying to say by electing President Obama we have chosen to do EVIL against Israel. You are mistaken in your reading and your article is nothing more than right wing conservative hate disguised as Christian patriotism. I guess you also skipped over that part in the bible where is says Daniel 2:21"GOD SETS UP KINGS" or the New American Translation that says Daniel 2:21" He removes Kings and establishes them" If you take that literally, GOD himself put President Obama in office. If you don't like Obama say that, but don't try to act as if GOD is on your side and Israel's side. GOD LOVES EVERYONE..Just like it says GOD IS LOVE. Comments like this article above is the reason many people are leaving the Church, don't take Christians serious, and Christian Kids are rebellious. Everyone can see the Hypocrisy. ...America elects the first black President and Mr. Rhoden believes we have elected evil and are doing evil against Israel and GOD himself is against the President.....that's just awful.

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iLove 06/28/11 - 01:16 pm
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Great job Mr. Rhoden! Very
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Great job Mr. Rhoden! Very well written. Many people will not understand this because, IMO, you cannot "understand" God with your natural mind. . . .it takes a renewing of your mind, your body, and your soul. You have to DIE to who you are and let Him make you anew. MANY people are not willing or scared to take this step.

I pray that God will continue to keep you in his loving care!

Praise God for those who are doing what we were told...which is to lead people towards Him! (peace)

Jah Bless!

Side bar: Howcanweknow gave a great explanation of the OT vs. th NT on Fri. I'll repost the link.

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