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Letters to the Editor

Truth in Bible

To the Editor:

On March 18, a self-proclaimed atheist claimed to have morals without God.

The validity of that statement is very questionable (false, actually), but his diatribe against the Bible needs refuting.

He did say the Bible is a book on which belief systems are based. Agreed, but much more than that, the Bible is a totally unique book upon which the one true belief system is based.

The Bible was written over the space of nearly 1,500 years in three languages by 40-plus authors. (But to whom was the diatribe letter writer referring when he said the book was written by slave owners?) Hundreds of controversial subjects are touched on in the Bible by these authors over those many years, yet the teaching throughout the Bible is amazingly unified and consistent.

The Old Testament was written in the Bronze Age. Does old mean bad? Given its age, it’s remarkable that we have today the text as it was written 3,400 years ago. Who miraculously preserved those ancient writings on those perishable materials? Much proof exists regarding the reliability of the original documents.

The Bible still is here despite the attempts of many who have tried to extinguish it over the years. There is no archaeological discovery that contradicts anything in the Bible.

Prophecies about nations, particularly Israel, and about the Messiah have come to pass just as they were written. The Bible is God’s book, preserved by Him so we, even atheists, can read the truth in it today.

Joy Otten

Crystal Lake

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