The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 21, 2013

Desire to worship something

Daily Item

---- — I wish to reply to a letter (Religion is a personal choice, Oct. 14) with the above title by Carlyle W. Westlund from Middleburg. I entirely agree with the statement expressed in that title. However, I disagree with some of the conclusions drawn from that statement.

That mortals have a right to their own opinions is correct. This is called "free will" with which we have been endowed by our Creator. This endowment is priceless: it is also dangerous. It is not possible to be "free from religion."

That mortals have a right to disagree with their Creator is another matter. He who made heaven and earth, all living things, planets, stars, is the God who made the rules. He made them for our good. He is a God of love. An earthly Supreme Court has no authority to abrogate the His law.

The sixth Commandment is "thou shalt not kill." Religious conservatives did not make this rule. The Supreme Court's ruling in favor of abortion cannot change God's law. Abortion is murder and thus disobedience to the Sixth Commandment. A person who kills a baby outside of the womb is arrested and brought to trail; there is no difference in the crime if the killing is done before the infant enters the outside world.

To equate all religions of the world brings us into conflict with the first commandment of God, "thou shalt have no other gods before Me." The fact that true Christians do not accept all religions does not mean they are racist or bigoted. They love all of God's creation, but worship only one God.

I wish to disagree with the writer's statement, "This country has religious freedom and that also means freedom from religion." No way! All of us have an innate desire to worship something. It is not possible to be "free from religion."

Our founding fathers did not see it that way. They wanted freedom to practice worship of the true God. If you read the history of our country, you will find that the first act of George Washington after he was inaugurated as president in New York City was to lead his Congress to a little church nearby and lead them in prayer. That church still stands on the corner of where the Twin Towers fell, but it was spared from harm.

Anita Brechbill,