To the editor:
I want to comment on Jonathan Hayes' letter of Sept. 13: "Wants all to love all their neighbors as themselves"
In good spirit you critique Mrs. Jane Brown's "Contends there is a fight between good and evil" letter of Sept. 10.
Your statement of "...what you described was completely out of touch" leaves me thinking that there is no current "fight between good and evil going on." I'm sure you did not mean that. Of course good and evil have been part of our lives from the beginning. It is the reason for baptism to cleanse us from original sin.
You assume Mrs. Brown does not read scriptures? That does not seem to be the case as she quotes Revelation 3:16, 2 John 1:7, Isaiah 5:20.
Your posting, "Love one another," from the greatest commandment. Mark 12:28-31 surely tells us to love one another but that means love the sinner but not the sin.
The holy fathers had comments about good and evil: During a luncheon given by Pope Benedict XVI when he was pope: "History as a theater for the eternal battle between good and evil, between love of God and love of oneself and the church at the forefront of this conflict in defense of good. This is the image Pope Benedict XVI presented cardinals with during ... lunch in the Ducal Hall of the Apostolic Palace."
"'In today's world,' the Pope continued, 'we see how evil wants to dominate the world and that it is vital to fight against evil. We see all the different, vicious ways it goes about this, using all kinds of violence, but also disguised as good, thus destroying society's moral foundations.'" From "Nick Squires Rome" of Sept.12.
And, "St. Paul writes in his Letter to the Ephesians - the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."
The media has reported that the "Pope Francis has struck a surprisingly conciliatory tone toward atheists and agnostics, saying that God will 'forgive' them as long as they behave morally and live according to their consciences." The media forgets to report that these atheists and agnostics must confess and repent their sins.
An easy way to love thy neighbor is to participate in Life Chain Sunday, 1 p.m. Oct. 6, on the Square in Lewistown. We invite Jonathan Hayes and Mrs. Brown and all others.
Citizens Concerned with Human Life Mifflin Juniata Inc.