Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


September 1, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — Don’t want Bible? Then don’t take it

How horrible it is that our children were given a book promoting peace, love, respect and honesty to and for everyone. What would happen if our children should develop these qualities? We could have a nation  full of trustworthy adults all because of the free Gideon Bible.

I want to clear up a myth: Touching or even owning a Bible will not make you a Christian. You can even go to church regularly, have Christan fiends and not be a Christian.

To become a Christian, you first need to admit that you are a sinner, believe in Christ, invite him into your heart and life and confess with your mouth that you believe in the Lord Jesus.

The Bible is your road map for living. You need to read and study it. To assure a strong, healthy relationship with God, be sure to pray, read the Bible and listen to him.

Remember to keep your eyes on God, not man. Not all Bibles are equal.

I have a simple suggestion for the Worthington parent or parents who complained about the Bible being distributed in school or to anyone like them: In our house we simply throw unwanted literature in a waste basket.

In closing, I remind people that Kentucky is in the Bible belt. We should expect to see Bibles and displays with religious themes and to hear religious singing.

Rosalie Wheeler, Ashland

What happened to telling truth?

What has happened to the truth?

A professional football player walks in to a bar in New York with a firearm in his pocket, shoots himself in the leg, is brought before the court where he pleads not guilty. He later decides to tell the truth and admits that he actually did it.

Politicians of every ilk look us in the eye and tell us lies. People of every walk of life lie to get out of trouble. National media services lie to us about important issues to influence us to their way of thinking. Some people are so accustomed to lying that they even lie when it would be better for them to tell the truth.

In my lifetime, there was a day when Johnny Mandel would have been simply asked, “Did you receive money for signing the autographs?” and he would have answered truthfully, yes or no. He would have been exonerated or he would have quietly accepted the consequences. What has happened to simply telling the truth?

Someone, perhaps Will Rogers, said to always tell the truth and you would never have to remember what you said. The very sad manifestation of this change in our moral fiber is that our children are now very quick to lie to us and are angry when they are caught and held accountable for it.

As a school teacher, I am distraught that so many students consider this to be an acceptable way of life. As most of us old-timers know, it is not.

 Carl Taylor, Russell

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