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Dear Editor:I wish to address Buzz Cooper’s letter (Aspen Times, Dec. 13) concerning “Religious views shouldn’t be imposed.” Cooper says that the Bible is difficult to understand and makes “a muddle of fuzzy pronouncements” in regards to homosexuality. I’m not sure what Buzz is reading, but I find the Bible is indeed very clear on this subject. Both the Old Testament as well as the New Testament are in agreement on this issue. If you were to search the scriptures, one of many says:”Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers – none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.” So yes, the Bible does say that homosexuality is wrong and is a sin in God’s eyes. But it also lists many other sins. Sin is the problem. Sin is what separates and alienates man from God. The Bible says in Isaiah that we “all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way.” It is that turning to our own way, and away from God’s way that gets us into trouble. But the good news is that God made a way for us sinners (of whom I am certainly one of the greatest sinners, as many of you in Aspen can attest) to be reconciled back to him. Fact is, you either accept the free gift of God’s salvation or you reject it (thus rejecting God). It is God’s desire that we all turn from our sins and start living for him. Sin not only separates you from God, but it also weighs heavily upon you. No wonder so many seek to medicate their problems with drugs, alcohol, or even sex.Jesus, the Messiah, said, “come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest for your souls.” He really is the answer to what so many are seeking. Rest for your souls is God’s gift of salvation and he offers it freely to those who want it. Jim TomberlinWoody Creek


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