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Opinion Letters

Two weeks ago, Mr. Bob Wilson, made several claims that will be addressed here. In his letter he claimed that Christianity needs to “evolve into a belief system that can appeal to sensible and logical minds,” and insinuated that Christianity is lying to its members about Noah’s Ark. Mr. Wilson apparently has not studied the Bible concerning the stories of the flood and Noah’s Ark and Christianity because he has confused the two.

Christianity has nothing to do with the teaching of Noah’s Ark but is based upon the 2000-year-old belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God, was born of the Virgin Mary and died on the cross for all of our sins. His resurrection was witnessed by thousands and He now sits at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. If we believe that, and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we are promised life everlasting. On the other hand, Islam, to which Mr. Wilson presumably believes Christianity must evolve in order to avoid conflict between the two religions, has the belief that all who do not accept their religion must die. One is about life the other about death. They are diametrically opposed and continue in a conflict since the time of Ishmael and Isaac that will not end until Jesus returns. Christianity is based upon fact and to attempt to “evolve” it into something else, would itself be a lie.

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My ancestors moved into Macon County right around the time the Cherokees were "removed."

That actually means white settlers took the ancestral land of the Cherokees by force and deeded it ( Cherokees did not "own" land) to white settlers. The Cherokees were then driven to Oklahoma while a small group managed to remain and later be deeded what is now the Cherokee Indian Reservation. This all took place around 175 years ago.

Now the Cherokee Nation has formally requested that the Nikwasi Mound be officially returned to their ownership and care. This decision may prove to be very difficult for the leaders and decisionmakers of Macon County. The difficulty lies in the fact that they hold legal claim to the ownership of the sacred Cherokee site.

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This letter is in response to a recent article concerning the Christian and our teachings and beliefs. The Christian religion is based entirely upon faith. For the Bible says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast."(Ephesians 2: 8, 9) Faith that believes that a virgin named Mary, gave birth to a son named Jesus; that He died on a cruel cross for our punishment for sin; that He arose on the third day and left the tomb empty! No other man has ever died, been buried and risen again. No man except God's Son, Jesus Christ. If you do not have the faith to believe this teaching, then you are lost without hope.

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I wish to call on all the citizens of Macon County and its surrounding areas to remember the importance of Sunday, Sept. 21. On that date over one half billion persons will join hands to observe International Day of Peace. This special day is set aside each year to remind all the peoples of the world that peace is not only a vision, but is a distinct possibility.

With so many conflicts and contentions going on throughout our planet we may sometimes feel that world peace is impossible. But such is not the case. When peace lovers around the world unite to pray for peace and work diligently for its establishment within our own communities, towns and countries, this hope can become reality. There must be alternatives to war.

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