In response to the letter by Gaylon Ray ("We need to go back to being a Christian nation," The Daily News, Aug. 9): I understand his point of view. However, the values of "Love your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind;" and "Love your neighbor as yourself" are not exclusively Christian values.

Anyone, whether they believe in God or not, can try to follow the second guideline. It's simply the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

If we all try to do that, what a wonderful world it would be.

Robert Bowen

League City


(8) comments

Charles Douglas

Aaaaaaha ( belly laughing ) aaah,ahghh . ..ahhhg [crying]

Bailey Jones

Yes, you don't need to be a Christian to see the beauty in "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." I personally don't see the point of a life that doesn't aspire to these ideals.

Charles Douglas

Do something for me,...stay out of that judgement room where mercy and grace, will be excluded off the guest list. If you don't know what I'M talking about, my advice is that you find out! This advice is for the author of this article also. I'm not saying but I'm just saying....

Bill Broussard

I have no idea what your talking about. Would you please say your threat, parable, invective, wisdom, or suggestion again in a way we might understand what you are trying to get across?

Bailey Jones

And we appreciate your righteousness, Charles. Especially the self-righteous part.

Charles Douglas

Love you man, and I care about you..

Paula Flinn

Thank you, Mr. Bowen. I agree.

Charles Douglas

Mr. Bowen,... I laughed at you and at your Op-ed the other day. First of all I apologize for doing so because it is not a shame to not know something, the shame is when you don't know and ýou make no effort to find out what you don't know! You even had two allies to quickly come to your defense which made what I did magnified more to the negative! So, sir let me tell you, inform some and remind others what I saw wrong with your Op-ed. Isaiah 64:6 States this;

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away". ............Sir you do not define righteousness on this earth and nor how it pertains to the human race! Almighty God does! However, you have a FREE will as do all of humanity as well as the angels Which God created. You are free to believe what you are big enough to believe. God will not compel you to come after him, by denying your worldly, flesh ways, picking up your cross and following him. ( Matthew 16:24 ). That will be your choice! You were created to love others and do good works, in Christ Jesus, but outside of him you can do NOTHING which will count in that ROOM I was talking about in a prior post! (John 14: 5-6 ). ( John 15:4-5 ). Lastly, you can make all kinds of excuses, for being self contained spiritually, in that you can do and say things like Elvis and Frank Sinatra sang so proudly, " I did it myyyyy wayyyyyyy!!!!!" Your way will get you a seat in hell! The only way out of HELL, is through that room I WARNED you about earlier, which leads to a place seven times WORSE THAN HELL! ( Lake Of Fire ).. Now again I apologize for laughing earlier, because nothing was funny about what you said, but very sad!! So to you and others, WHO DIDN'T KNOW......NOW YOU DO!!! I've repeanted and done my part as a Christian! It your choice now, and my hands are now squeaky clean!!!!

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