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In response to the letter of Gary J. Heffner (“Killer undeserving of honor,” Oct. 26), the only thing worthy of print was the last paragraph of his letter. However, he is even off the mark in his comments here. Please let me explain.

Unlike Mr. Heffner, God is the perfect judge who acts more than “adequately” in everything – always. The reason God’s judgment of Christopher Hodges is perfect is that God understands Christopher and the circumstances surrounding the events of that night perfectly.

Unlike Mr.Heffner, God judges each one of his children mercifully. Simply commending Christopher to the mercy of God after you spend 95 percent of his letter maligning him shows how little Mr. Heffner understands being merciful himself.

Martin H. Kata, M.D.

Martinez

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Jane18
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Jane18 11/05/11 - 08:44 am
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One comment right now Dr.

One comment right now Dr. Kata; if you have read your Bible, or had a good teacher of The Word, you would know that we, as human beings, are to not have mercy, feel sorry for, A MURDERER! He(she) is to be brought to justice, and according to The Bible if it is premeditated, criminal homicide, or rape(that's right), that person is to receive capitol punishment. And no, that law has not changed. JESUS said that HE had not come to change or destroy the law, not even by one letter or even the sound of a word. Am I a sympathetic and caring person, you are mighty right I am! My sympathy is to Officer Paugh's and Hodges' family....................

Jane18
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Jane18 11/05/11 - 08:47 am
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Just in case someone doesn't

Just in case someone doesn't know, the law is/are GOD's commandments.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/05/11 - 09:15 am
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Mercy is a two way street.
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Mercy is a two way street. hodges lacked his share. he is where he belongs and deserves to be.

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david jennings 11/05/11 - 09:57 am
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I agree Dr. Kata. After

I agree Dr. Kata. After readiing your letter I moved on to the faith section of todays AC and read a column by Gene Norris on the subject of forgiveness. I then took my Bible and turned to Matthew 5 and18 and John 8. The man that killed officer J. D. Paugh certainly does not deserve any honor, but according to Jesus' word does deserve forgiveness. Had the murderer lived, should he have been punished? Yes, but not hated.

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allhans 11/05/11 - 10:53 am
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We are only required to grant

We are only required to grant forgiveness when we are asked for it.
Even with God, we must ask before we receive.

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Willow Bailey 11/06/11 - 10:09 pm
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Actually, I believe that

Actually, I believe that God does call upon us to forgive others who have not asked for forgiveness. My belief comes from the model of Jesus Christ on the cross.

As Jesus hung from the cross naked, beaten, battered, bleeding, betrayed, abandoned, and humiliated, he said: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)

The people who had hunted, baited, captured, beaten and mocked Him, and nailed Him to the cross did not deserve forgiveness. But Jesus through His kindness offered it to them. The point is that forgiveness reaches out to the undeserving.

Just as His forgiveness reaches out to us, not because we deserve it, but because of His love and mercy upon us.

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