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Read the Bible: God is ever merciful and forgiving

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I am responding to Jason Argenbright’s letter (Journal, Sept. 3) about the sin of homosexuality. I have no problem with his subject, and I do believe what it says in the Bible, that it is sinful. What I notice, however, is that so many people who capitalize on homosexuality never mention, or just ignore, that outside of marriage, all other immoral acts are also wrong. There’s adultery, fornication, wife-swapping, incest, molestation, prostitution, rape — and all these are mentioned in the Bible as very grave sins, too. I acknowledge that many reject the Bible because they don’t like God’s laws on morality. But I have long sensed that those who busy themselves pointing out other people’s faults are invariably hiding something about themselves. An old saying: For every accusing finger pointing, three fingers are pointing back. First, it’s not our authority to pass judgment on others. That’s God’s business, not ours. If we recall about the woman who was caught in the act of adultery (John 8:3-11), my question is, where was the man involved? Perhaps Jesus was about to expose these very same accusing men of being involved. After he shamed them all away, he told the woman, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more.” Just like that. If God judges as badly as we do, then we’re all doomed beyond hope. That’s exactly why we’re not God. And this because all of us have sinned in every way. But thank God that he is ever merciful and forgiving to those who are truly sorry, no matter what happened. Guy Wingfield Applegate