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9/13/2013 10:46:00 AM

To the editor:

Last week, Pastor Wildenberg wrote in the Beacon, '"I have a few 'what if's' to propose to you," and then proceeded asking questions such as: What if there was a god? And what if that god had "rules?" And after that, he concluded by taking a jab at science while claiming the Bible has the answers... and that his god, God (the true god), put His rules in the Bible... and that we should obey God's rules... and that God's rules are good... so says the Bible.

I do agree with some of that. Agreed, the Bible has some good stuff... but it also has some bad stuff. And I don't think a book can make claims about the goodness, truth, or authority of itself. People call that circular reasoning.

With a claim that the Bible scriptures are "errorless" and "divine authority in all matters which they address," it might not be surprising what God's "rules" might turn out to be. According to the 2013 updated FEC church manual, "God has ordained a role or functional distinction between equals, man and woman, in the area of authority and leadership. Man is the designated head." And should women (or thoughtful men) object, they should consider that "equality and submission are compatible." In regard to homosexual behavior, "all of these scriptures clearly present such behavior as immoral and sinful" and that homosexuals are "unqualified to hold credentials of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches." Regarding divorce, "A leader with credentials who becomes divorced or marries a divorced person will have his (only men lead, remember?) credentials suspended regardless of the reason the divorce was granted." And being non-Christian, I was particularly intrigued by God's rule especially for me, "scriptures do not give liberty for a believer to marry a non-believer."

I think if Pastor Willenberg's god did exist... and was also true and good, I think Her rules would be more about kindness, equality, and justice - and that Her errorless Bible would have less arbitrary, harmful, and discriminatory rules... including those particular rules about sex, gender roles, and who to marry.

Ken Kressin

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