LETTER: Biblical norms and values

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With all due respect to him, I frankly speaking am puzzled if not dismayed how seemingly casual the Rev Nick Flint is ‘treating’ Biblical norms and values, as if it would be perfectly correct to interpret the Bible the way it would seem most pleasing to us (County Times March 2).

Here I thought that laws, guidelines and instructions in the Bible were given to us by Almighty God in love and for our own good. Who are we to change these? The Bible cannot be read as an à la carte menu.

Using today’s trendy secularism as a possible new way to read the word of God, in my humble opinion can only lead to mass confusion and wilful destruction of true, reliable, solid values and stability which we all so desperately need.

Whether one chooses to live single or married as man and woman, or live in a same sex relation, is a matter of choice. Why then does it seem so difficult for some to live with the moral consequences of this choice? To suggest that by virtually ‘rewriting’ Biblical laws and values one truly expresses love and understanding in order to satisfy those who seek a different lifestyle, seems nonsensical and ludicrous.

This is not the right way forward and it therefore is hardly surprising that many nowadays cannot be bothered with this form of religious interpretation of some of the more ‘traditional’ institutions and leave the ‘church’ ‘en masse’.

Praise the Lord that Pentecostal and Bible Churches are steadily growing and that many (mostly young families) who are keen to receive and learn the true word of God are finding a good and sound spiritual home there.

Eric Hoffman

Rapley Avenue, Storrington

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