Love, not hate, will lead to salvation for all

07/20/2013 6:52 PM

07/20/2013 6:55 PM

It is not rare but unusual that I read a letter to the editor that makes me want to stand up and say, "Right On!"

In her July 15 letter "It's unhealthy to be a hater," a writer asks, "How can people be happy if they hate?" Therein lies the message we should all take to heart. Notwithstanding one's religious beliefs (or lack thereof), her question goes to the heart of what is wrong with this world and offers a clue to its ultimate salvation, if we can eliminate greed in the process.

Jesus said it in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) and Gen. Douglas McArthur said it in his speech to the joint houses of Congress. Whether Christian, Muslim, agnostic, atheist or somewhere in between, these two speeches should be studied (not just read) and taken to heart. I commend this letter writer and hope she continues to enlighten us with her wisdom of love, not hate.

LARRY T. COLE

Modesto

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