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Letters to the Editor

Repentance due

October 14, 2008

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To the editor:

I am writing this letter on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is the most solemn part of a 10-day period called the High Holy Days or the Days of Awe or Repentance. Repentance is an act of the will with strong feelings of sorrow for a life lived to self and not to God by a person and even a nation.

In the Amidah prayer, believing Jews say, "Bring us back, our Father, to Your Torah, and bring us near, our King, to Your service, and influence us to return in perfect repentance before you. Blessed are You, HASHEM, Who desires repentance." John the Baptist and Jesus both opened their ministries with the words, "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." Jesus also said, referring to disasters resulting in death, "Unless you repent, you will likewise perish." The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 7:10, "For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death."

We can ignore God's call to repentance and choose to live lives filled with idolatry, covetousness, vengeance, sexual immorality and other sins. I believe America is choosing to abort God's offer of salvation and living a life of death. No candidate can save us or the nation. Only God through Jesus Christ saves! We have a personal and corporate choice. What are we going to do?

Carl E. Burkhead,
Lawrence

Comments

Christine Anderson 6 years, 1 month ago

No, some Jews spell it G-d out of respect. Consult your local rabbi.

Christine Anderson 6 years, 1 month ago

I repsectfully beg to differ. Carl is correct. Look back in the Old Covenant, at what happened to the Jewish nation every time they turned their back on G-d.Why should we, in this present day and age, be any different?

kansas778 6 years, 1 month ago

Generally when someone hears a voice that only they can hear we call them crazy. Suckers call them prophets.

vforvigilante 6 years, 1 month ago

What are we going to do? Ignore your superstitious nonsense and continue living our own lives. In the meantime, I hope you find a more productive way to spend your time.

kansas778 6 years, 1 month ago

Satan throws better parties though...

cthulhu_4_president 6 years, 1 month ago

mm, I love the smell of fire and brimstone in the morning. Get real. What purpose does publishing this drivel accompish? Nice try Carl, but the guilt-trip just doesn't work this early in the morning.All the hundreds of people who have predicted the end of the world from cult leaders through Nostradamus have been completely wrong so far, so it's a good bet that they Myans are mistaken as well. The smart money says we'll still be here on new year's 2013.

Grundoon Luna 6 years, 1 month ago

The Winter Soltice of 2012, or December 21, 2012 is when the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world. Currently, Astronomers says that day is also when the Sun, the Earth and the Milky Way's black hole are in perfectly alignment, which may destroy us all. shriek It's on a Friday and I will be taking the day off of work as I always do on 12/21 (or 12/22 if Soltice happens to land on that day)So, Schmuckmon, if it does happen it won't matter who is in elected. Even McSame won't be able to save you.

Ragingbear 6 years, 1 month ago

What is this letter saying? It just seems to be a bunch of randomly strung together phrases that seem to be about some retard trying to push his radical Christian Agenda.

Finn12 6 years, 1 month ago

Ah, the Mayan calendar -- well most predictions of the world ending have been wrong, but of course there's no way of knowing until that date rolls around!Meanwhile, Carl brings up an excellent point. For most people, the words he writes will fall on deaf ears. The Old Testament does point to the Messiah, Christ (book of Isaiah, just to name one prophet). The four men who wrote the New Testament Gospels were Christ's apostles. They weren't trying to remember--they did remember, and wrote much about Him. The apostle John said that if he wrote down every miracle of Christ, there wouldn't be enough books to contain them. I applaud Carl for his insight and courage to speak the truth :)

acg 6 years, 1 month ago

Well crap all this time I've been off on my ends of days day. I was thinking it was 12/12 and had planned on having a big end of the world as we know it party. I guess I'll have to move that ahead a week or so. :)

kansas778 6 years, 1 month ago

misplaced, is g-d anything like VD because you definitely don't want to turn your back on VD.

SMe 6 years, 1 month ago

12-21-(20)12Obama is the Anti-ChristI'm catching a ride on the next UFO going by.

towanda54 6 years, 1 month ago

Here's a request that journalist Jesse Kornbluth made to Joe Lieberman' rabbis at Yom Kippur, encouraging them to talk with Joe about his friend, John McCain, to ask Mccain to stop his hate-filled character attacks of Barack Obama. That is something McCain and Palin should feel repentent about.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-kornbluth/a-yom-kippur-letter-to-jo_b_133262.html

towanda54 6 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like McCain's presidential transition chief could do a little repenting also since he has ties with lobbyists for Saddam Hussein. I hope he wasn't palling around Saddam Hussein.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/14/mccain-transition-chief-a_n_134595.html

rtwngr 6 years, 1 month ago

Thank you, Carl, for speaking the truth. It's too bad those that will listen already understand. Those that would mock will never understand. Most refused to listen to the prophets back then and most refuse to listen to them now. For what it is worth, you are correct.

geniusmannumber1 6 years, 1 month ago

Geez, Tom. All this time I thought you were some right-wing automaton. I didn't know you were a tinfoil hat-wearing kook. Talk about killing whatever shred of credibility you may have had on political issues. Man, some people will believe anything.

David Omar 6 years, 1 month ago

The Old Testament never says anything about "G-d saving mankind through Jesus Christ". this is Christian Talk, not Jewish or Muslim or Zoroastrian, etc.Only God can forgive mankind, but it is mankind who saves themselves. If you believe in God and do what He asks, you will be forgiven, thus saved from perdition. But no one can save you, die for you, cleanse you but yourself. This is what the Old Testament says.The New Testament was written by four men who tried to remember what Jesus did and said and it is all about Jesus and the events surrounding him. The rest of it, Written by Paul, does the same. The Quran is about God and what God wants. The Old Testament is about God and what he wants. What do you think is the word of God?

craigers 6 years, 1 month ago

Can somebody fill me in on the 12-12-2012 thing? I'm not up-to-date on the latest false predictions of the end of time.

Ahos30stiks 6 years, 1 month ago

I shall agree with the statement 'Repentance due' ..and wanted to say for all to think about my voice, and it is not a mark for any free nation of people to consider slavery of the fashion which we America did do, and freedom is weighed by freedom of mankind is it not so, and so the Constitution deserves to have an official apology letter attached unto It..and this is what I cant really remember learning about in school, among other things(Indians)..the simple backbones of life do due-fully come down to the treatments thereof.

BuffyloGal 6 years, 1 month ago

Is the Mayan calendar like those End-of-days calendars that keep saying 2006 or 2008 and then having to choose a new random date when the world doesn't end, again? Why should Christians worry about those pagan Mayans?

Brent Garner 6 years, 1 month ago

Ragingbear again demonstrates his Marxist/Leninist leanings in his tirade against religion. Thought we had an amendment to our Constitution that guarantees us free exercise of religion? Oh, thats right, the left don't believe in the 1st Amendment anymore than they believe in the 2nd. So they ignore it and agitate for and advocate for silencing all those who would oppose them, especially if those who oppose them do so from a religious perspective. Shall we all get together at Ragingbear's and sing The Internationale???

Ragingbear 6 years, 1 month ago

Christian fundamentalist are the ones against free speech, as they want everyone to practice only the stuff they desire.

Brent Garner 6 years, 1 month ago

Ragingbear:You're wrong again. We religious types have for years toleratred the presence of you leftist types. But, now that it appears that you really mean what you have been saying all along, namely, you want a secular society totally devoid of any mention of God even if you have to achieve this via totalitarian means, we religious types have decided things have gone far enough. Look for us to push back, communist!

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