- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)7
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)21
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
- Former KFVS12 reporter talks about recovery from eating disorder (2/23/17)11
Widest embrace better than dogma
To the editor:
God exists, say June Seabaugh and Warren Jordan, whether you believe in him or not. But you better believe in him (and, says Jordan, not live in New Orleans) because God remands unbelievers to Satan (after his hurricane kills them) unless, according to Seabaugh, you "have God up your sleeve" through a profession of belief in Jesus. Which means Jesus won't save you whether you believe it or not as well?
Regardless (and despite Seabaugh-Warren-style wrathful God preachments), you can also say that God does not exist whether you believe in him or not, because belief by definition stands outside of proof. If you can prove it, you don't need to believe it. And good news for true believers: If you believe it, you don't need to provide any evidence for it at all.
Consider the counter-testimony of a famous saintly guy, Benedict Groeschel: professing Christianity is not an automatic buy in to rewards in the afterlife any more than not professing means automatic punishment in the afterlife. Like us (damned?) Buddhists, Groeschel isn't much concerned with afterlife issues. For him, what Christians do with the now-life is key. Christianity, then, is not a privilege but a burden, symbolized by the cross, to forgive, work for justice for the poor and forgotten and make and maintain peace in the world.
With the world hurting so, this style of widest-embrace-beyond-Christianity ecumenism offers humanity much, much more than dogmatic and sectarian condemnations.
ROB DILLON, Cape Girardeau