May 30, 2011: Scripture and rapture, slap-happy land

Posted May 29, 2011, at 6:43 p.m.

Scripture and rapture

A well-publicized failed attempt by someone claiming to know when the end of the world is coming is a reminder that date setting and sensationalism serve only to confuse and mislead.

According to Scripture, a central feature of the coming kingdom shall be the salvation of the nation of Israel, a salvation to occur only after the full number of Gentiles have been grafted into the symbolic olive tree mentioned in Romans 11:24-26. This full number is a mystery number known to God alone.

Also, according to Scripture, the coming salvation of the nation of Israel shall not come easy, but will involve a time of trouble the likes of which the world has never seen (Jeremiah 30:7, Matthew  24:15-22).

The coming translation of Christian believers, which is also called the rapture, predicted in  I Thessalonians 4:13-18 is to occur before the coming time of trouble, according to Christian fundamentalists, and this for dispensational reasons. In any case, there is an important distinction between the Thessalonians account and that of Matthew 25:31-46 which concerns our Lord’s Second Coming.

Irvin Dube

Madawaska

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Food for thought

As a member of the congregation at I Care Ministries, I feel the need to express my views concerning recent articles in the newspapers and media on the subject involving Good Shepherd Food-Bank.

Anybody who has been blessed by the services given at ICM, if they spoke truthfully, would say it was done with love and compassion.

True, Pastor Hafford may have given recipients religious materials, a Bible if they wanted one or offered spiritual advice to feed their souls. But so say that church attendance is or was a prerequisite for services is totally untrue.

It’s hard to defend yourself against false accusations when some are so ready to believe everything they see or hear. But Jesus understands. He walked that path. To quote Jesus in Matthew 25:35-36: “I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me.” Pastor Hafford lives by and practices this Scripture daily.

So to those of you who are so quick to falsely judge this mighty man of God, I quote Proverbs 19:5: “A false witness will not go unpunished and he who speaks lies will not escape.”

Food for thought.

Louise Morey

Millinocket

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Slap-happy land

I have to admit that I went for it full monty. What a windfall it would be, the answer to all my energy-cost travail and angst, cutting my energy costs (heating) in half by deregulating the electric utility companies, creating a rate-competition among power companies that the little guy (me) would benefit from in the form of cheaper energy costs.

Even the Public Utilities Commission with all its high-tower perception and understanding was solidly behind it, so who was I to question the veracity, sagacity, of the upwelling momentum building then in the Augusta caldera?

I try not to remember how long ago it was! I guess it was six or seven years. What I do know is that my heating bill has more than doubled since that legislation went into effect.

Anyway, now the nice, caring, people in Augusta have come forward again to save my world, bless them, by creating price competition in the health-care industry so that I will be able to afford the medical attention upon which my daily survival unmistakably predicates. They will go at each other with competitive, internecine fervor and costs will plummet once the health-care boy scouts are no longer subject to scrutiny.

Bless them, I say! For our benevolent and paternalistic legislators are this time the cognitively endowed! And they will lead us unselfishly onward and upward and we will dwell in slap-happy land forever.

Phil Tobin

Ellsworth

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/05/29/opinion/may-30-2011-scripture%c2%a0and-rapture-slap-happy-land/ printed on September 19, 2014