published Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Letters to the Editor

Give Jesus a try this Christmas

Approximately 2,000 years ago, there lived a person on the Earth who if one believed and followed his teachings would save one from all one's problems.

If all the people who live on the Earth whether they be called Hindu, or Muslim, or Jew, or Christian, or any other name including atheist, believe and follow his teaching, the world will be saved.

If you haven't tried it, don't knock it.

That person's name is Jesus.

J. B. MCNEIL

Menlo, Ga.



Voter appreciates right to vote

I recently retired to Chattanooga, which I thoroughly enjoy. I also recently registered to drive and vote here. Within moments of entering the new registration facility on Dayton Boulevard, I had a number and enjoyed my hour wait reading (a retirement benefit). All workers were pleasant and helpful as well. Thousands have perished in other countries, as did our forebears during our revolution for the right to vote, so I feel that an hour or two (one time) during the new resident process doesn't even register on the sacrifice/frustration graph. esides, I spent many hours shoveling over 10 feet of snow last winter, so this was a piece of cake.

SCOTT INGALLS



Christmas season is wonderful

It's Christmas again. I love to celebrate Christ's birthday. I love the Bible story about Jesus being born in a manger.

I love the beautiful Christmas carols we sing.

I love to give gifts because it is better to give than receive. My daddy and I love the song "Silent Night" because a church named Brainerd Baptist sang that song on Christmas Eve. It is a beautiful song.

I miss my loved ones and friends, but they are in heaven with Jesus, having a great time.

Jesus was born in a manger a long time ago.

Christmas is wonderful.

DEBBIE MATHIS

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ToHoldNothing said...

Not even the bible says everyone would convert. It's purely a hope that such a thing would ever happen. Heck, the bible seems to suggest that regardless of what happens, a good number of people will reject your Jesus, all while your God has already realized it. So what does it do? It throws us along with an alleged rebellious angel into a lake of fire for all eternity.

And even if everyone believed in Jesus, there's plenty of evidence that there'd still be issues. Unitarians, Binitarians and Trinitarians would all be clashing about the exact nature of God in relation to Jesus, Calvinists and Arminianists, among others, would be up in arms about who's right and who's wrong. and let's not even get started on the Protestant/Catholic fight that's been waged for nearly half a millennium. Jesus would only bring peace if everyone was perfect and no belief system promises such a ridiculous prophecy except at the cost of billions more lives to perfect them.

December 15, 2011 at 4:43 a.m.
Livn4life said...

ToHoldNothing, You are quite the expert there on the Christian religion. Using the term "your" really ignores that the Gospel and the True meaning of this season is for everyone. But then, you don't need that. I hope you enjoy your MAS since Christ is obviously not your thing. Merry Christmas nonetheless.

December 15, 2011 at 6:12 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I'm not a believer, but I thought the 3rd letter, obviously written by a child, was very sweet.

December 15, 2011 at 7:46 a.m.
rolando said...

Even a child can speak truth, lkeithlu. Especially a child.

Miss Mathis' heartfelt words were indeed "very sweet".

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

December 15, 2011 at 8:23 a.m.
rolando said...

Welcome to Chattanooga, Mr Ingalls. I have been here 12 years now after selling the snow plow. Now I enjoy sweeping the snow off my walkway and not missing "winter's blast".

December 15, 2011 at 8:25 a.m.
librul said...

Wishes for a Happy Solstice season - Part 1

The Holly on the mantle is real. Planet Earth is real. The Sun is real. That Planet Earth revolves around the Sun is an observable fact which was unknown to humans in the Bronze Age. It is the declination of the axis of Earth which causes the seasons, the changing length of days, among many realites revealed by science which are part of everyone's modern store of knowledge. But again, these were things for which no cause could be found by early man other than the benevolent acts of ethereal 'gods.'

In the world of nature Summer is a season of growth, Fall a the season of harvest and rest, Winter a season of sleep, Spring a season of rebirth and renewal. These are simple realities long celebrated by people immersed in celebration of nature who are often denigrated by religionists as 'pagans.'

Today we are only a week away from the point at which Earth will pass into that part of its orbit where the declination of its axis will begin to lead to annual renewal - a slow warming and reawakening on which all life depends. Yet another reality.

This is the Winter Solstice, so important a part of Pagan culture, which is worthy of celebration as it will bring the 'rebirth of the sun' in the Spring as presribed by aforementioned natural events, not the resurrection of the 'son of the ethereal god' as Christianity and its moldy scriptures would demand that you believe.

December 15, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
librul said...

Wishes for a Happy Solstice season - Part II

The marriage of the Christian cult with the Roman Empire 1,700 years ago served no purpose other than subjugation of people and creation of an obedient population. It wreaked havoc on the relationship of humans to nature and worked steadfastly to establish a belief that man could elevate himself to be master of nature, enabled by this omniscient god who "put him in charge" and put him and the Earth at the center of the universe and commanded the Sun to rise and fall. The priest class, as representatives of the brutal ruling Roman elite and designated as the ethereal god's earthly representatives, used their 'holy scripture', designated as the 'word of the ethereal god', and such natural events as earthquakes, volcanoes, storms and pestilence to strike fear into the masses as expressions of the ethereal god's displeasure. They demanded people believe they were tainted with 'original sin' and that belief in the 'resurrection of the son of the ethereal god' was the only way to eliminate it. They presided over the murder of millions and the Dark Ages, denying humanity a thousand years of intellectual growth. It is so telling that we still have cranks among us today making similar claims i.e. "Katrina was sent by god to punish Louisiana gays". Unforgivable idiocy.

Cleansing one's mind of the trappings of modern religion is an act of profound emancipation. The inability of people to simply do it and restore their intellectual autonomy and honesty is why we are deaf to what Earth is saying to us today - things which Pagans would find deafening. Gazing at the holly on the mantle, I only hope that Pagan wisdom can once again assert dominance among us because, unlike those looking to their ethereal gods, I believe it is really the only thing that can save us from ourselves.

Enjoy the Solstice for what it is, not for what some religion would teach you to believe it to be.

December 15, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Thanks, rolando! Best of the holidays to you and yours!

December 15, 2011 at 11:15 a.m.
rolando said...

Thank you, lkeithlu.

December 15, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Beautiful letter, Ms. Mathis. Thank you for sharing the meaning of Christmas with all of us.

December 15, 2011 at 5:56 p.m.
brokentoe said...

I think I'll become a DRUID.

All this my religion is better than your religion and my "god" can beat the crap out of your "god" with one hand tied behind "his" back. All this childish fightin' and fussin' over whose "god" is the better, real* 'god' is enough to turn anyone off.

December 15, 2011 at 9:03 p.m.
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