To the Editor:
Richard Perlick was absolutely right in his letter (“Choice to make,” Aug. 14).
We all have a choice to follow Christ or not follow him. Also, God did give us laws of choice and consequence. However, God doesn’t always keep His end of the bargain.
Remember Job, whose family, health and possessions were wiped out after God made a bet with the devil. Job was loyal to God, but God decided it was better to make Job suffer in order to prove a point to his archenemy. Yes, Job was given new children and possessions after the bet was finished, but the story shows how God is willing to make his children suffer, even the loyal ones.
Then we have the story of the flood. All of humanity and the animals were judged to be wicked, and God killed all of them but Noah’s family. How many pregnant women and young children did God drown? How did those unborn have consequences when they hadn’t been able to make a choice yet? This is about God, not abortion.
We also have the story of the leper in Mark 1:40-44. He asked Jesus to heal him, and God either got angry with him for asking or was filled with compassion. This depends on the version of the Bible you read. Still, “filled with compassion” is very different from “very angry.” Who knows how many other mistranslations there are in the Bible?
So, yes, the choice is ours. Just make an informed choice.