33,000 churches can't all be right
I would like to respond to Mare LeValley's criticism of Joe Tonini's letter regarding "Truly the word of God." I thought her remark, "You took those Biblical concepts out of context," somewhat amusing.
According to one researcher, there are more than 33,000 Christian churches in the world today. So the question is: who has the straight scoop? Mare says that, "we can better understand the Bible through Bible Study Fellowship," an organization she (presuming Mare is female) endorses.
I believe, based on the 33,000 figure mentioned above, that people "have itching ears" (to quote scripture) and there are preachers out there who will tell you what you want to hear. I even suspect some may have been used car salesmen before they chose the ministry.
As an adult agnostic returning from the Korean War, I began to give serious thought about God and religion. In my investigation, I came to the conclusion that, with 33,000 churches to pick from, one could be right, but not all of them. God doesn't contradict himself.
I believe the ultimate answer is not with a Bible study group, or ask your minister, but to follow the admonition of the Apostle James I:5-6.