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Explaining the verses

I’m responding to the letter-writer commenting on statements on the sign in front of the Rough and Ready Baptist Church. Every quotation in the letter is from the King James translation of the Bible. Not all direct quotes, but all convey the intent of the verse.

The letter-writer just can’t understand how love is conveyed by statements like; “He that believeth not shall be damned” or “Whosoever despiseth the word shall be destroyed.” If I see a man heading in a direction that will lead him to harm, isn’t it out of love that I should warn him? Or is keeping my mouth shut showing him love?

Other statements from the sign refer to fearing the lord. “Fear the Lord thy God.” This fear is not just the fear that makes one cower, but also conveys the awe we should have for his majesty. We should fear what will happen to us if we reject the creator of the universe. Accept him, who sent his son to pay the price for our sins, and you will have nothing to fear, but will hold him up in awe and reverence.

Scott Fritz

Penn Valley

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