I must disagree with the author of "Bible must be source of authority" (July 21, Letters). The Bible is too controversial a document to be the source of all authority. Example: Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8 that we are saved by God's grace through faith, not by works. That is the central theme of most Christian teaching.
However, the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell the story of the rich man who asked Jesus how he could receive eternal life. Jesus' reply was 1) obey the commandments, and 2) sell your possessions and give the money to the poor. Here he is speaking of works, not faith. The Bible has many contradictions like this that over the centuries have split Christianity into hundreds of different sects and denominations, each claiming their interpretation to be correct. At one time in our history, the Bible was used to justify slavery. At one time it was used to deny women the right to vote.
Are the world's 4.5 billion non-Christians barbarians? Or do some of them lead good, decent, useful and prosperous lives without the Bible?
RICHARD D. CHRISTIAN
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