Writer at odds with Bible

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The Rev. Lynn Gardner comes from a very different faith position than the Bible (“Sign doesn’t belong in city chamber,” Reader Input, April 5). This truth is hard for us to hear, but it is from the lips of Jesus himself: “Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment,” John 5:28-29. There are hundreds of verses like this, all telling the reader that those who trusted and served Jesus Christ, the Son of God, will live eternally. Our salvation is attributable to grace, but Christ points to the obedience we rendered in this life, which is the fruit of grace, as evidence of our faith in him. Gardner says that atheists and agnostics are a varied bunch, and do not blame God when things go wrong. Of course not. How could they blame anyone who, in their minds, does not exist? By Biblical standards, agnostic/atheistic values will not give assurance of eternal life. That fits with her statement that “. . . any god that can be removed by taking down a plaque is a pretty small god.” At least she got the “god — small case” part right. The plaque is there to remind viewers of the intentions of our forefathers who wrote it into our Constitution. I agree with the Reverend that, indeed, “we, the people” can never encompass everyone. The Rev. Dr. Dale Smith, Auburn