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Your Opinion: Love accepts differences

Dear Editor:

The purpose of this letter is to offer yet another response to Bob Boldt’s letters.

But before I proceed I need to remind myself as well as others who are familiar with my previous letters that I do not know everything there is to know and although I am a Christian I do not have a complete and infallible understanding of God and the Bible. Thus, I am no qualified to tell others what to believe.

In short, I believe that God is all about love and forgiveness. That being said, to the extent I act accordingly, all else will fall into place. Consequently my response to Bob Boldt’s letters is based on my personal understanding of how to deal with differences of opinion.

Second, the reader should know that Bob and I know each other. We met a few years ago and despite the act that we disagree much more than we agree, we are friends. On the infrequent occasions when we meet we give each other a hug and say “I love you.” Since I am a Christian and obviously his letters indicate he is not, the question is how is it possible for us to be friends when we often understand things so very differently? The answer is: Love makes it happen. It is not necessary for us to think alike in order to love each other. Nor does one have to be Christian to be capable of love.

Finally, I also need to say that I know very little about the story of Bob’s life experiences. So I do not know how he has come to the conclusions he describes in his letters. Since not a day goes by that I am not confronted with opinions that differ from mine, I can only accept or reject them. Because everyone’s life experience is unique, it is not surprising that we reach different conclusions. It is only a serious concern when differences become a reason to hate.

Love is the antidote.

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