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Letter to the Editor: Bible calls for helping others

Thursday, February 3, 2005

To the editor:

In response to the letter "The Bible is not a social gospel:" I must be reading a different Bible. My Bible is full of statements that speak of helping others. In fact, the Epistle of James, probably written by the brother of Jesus, says in chapter 2:14-26 that faith, belief and righteousness without works are dead. They go hand in hand.

I learned a long time ago that just because you have a catcher's mitt doesn't mean you can catch the ball, and accepting Christ into your life without reaching out to change the lives of others about you is not accepting him at all.

The previous letter said, "I gave biblical righteousness priority over social-welfare issues," and, "Sixty million people went to the polls and showed they knew the difference."

Has the writer asked these people if they know the difference?

RICHARD COMBS, Jackson