Originally created 11/18/02

Brave souls furthered Christianity



Regarding Douglas Cummings' Nov. 10 letter, "No satanic holiday," complaining about Christians and Halloween: Sadly, he is factually correct in saying human beings burned other human beings a mere 600 years ago. Some were Christians. These Christians were not, however, in the process of advancing the cause of Christ.

At that time the church had a powerful, centralized ruling body. Those in control sought to increase their grip on people by putting themselves between God and man. Many of those killed helped create Christianity as we know it today.

They believed man did not need a controlling legal authority between himself and God. These brave people were seen as a threat to the church's powerful, centralized ruling body.

One, John Huss, in what is now Prague in the Czech Republic, proclaimed and wrote that "to rebel against an erring pope is to obey Christ." He sang hymns as he burned.

"Controlling legal authorities" desperate to increase their powerful centralized ruling bodies are always dangerous to freedom.

I thank God for the bravery of those early Christians. They were the central force in creating a world where the greatest governments are those based on freedom of religion, assembly and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I can't answer Mr. Cummings' question about the "strange information on Halloween," but I am glad to provide some information about Christians. Any church would be glad to give him more.

James Fulford, Evans, Ga.