Letters, Monday, May 12, 2014

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Christians we may be, but do we care?

AT 72, I despair at people like George Gibson (May 1) who said “we are Christians in this country”.

  Yes, we were brought up (or rather brainwashed) with Christian values we did not understand.

 We celebrate Christmas and the holy days. Some people have even been brainwashed into going to church.

 Why? Just in case the mythical thing up there is watching.

 How do we celebrate Christmas? Mostly in pubs, clubs or restaurants, and then stagger about shouting “merry Christmas”.

 There are so many people conning a living out of a religion – a faith; like the Bible was written by “God” himself.

 There’s as much truth in the Bible as in a good Micky Spillane novel.

 He says we have the 10 Commandments. I doubt if there is one Christian who lives by them. Plus there are, in fact, several hundred actual Commandments (Jewish).

 In this world we have about seven billion people with a multitude of religions or wealth makers.

 If a man is given five days to live and seven billion people spend five days praying to their God for their good health would this man still be alive in five days. He still has a 50/50 chance even without the intervention of a myth.

 If we spent as much on trying to find cures for life’s ills as we do on these mythical sects maybe fewer people would die from cancers etc.

 Church leaders are said to look after the poor. How many care? How much is given to churches so they can invest in shares in companies.

 A repair needs doing, does a church leader use his funds – no Way. Let the peasants pay more. People say ‘I’m a Christian, Catholic, Methodist whatever” because it just rolls off the tongue, but that’s it. Mr Gibson mentions a parable, The Camel and the Needle. What about “Suffer little children, to come unto me”.

 They do suffer, in their millions, and “God” does what? Zero, zilch.

 Christians may be christians, but few know why, or care.

Mr J Stott,


Plays great to see

I DISAGREE with William Crane’s letter (May 2) about Helen Mirren and Shakespeare’s plays.

 As a schoolboy, I was forced to learn a lot of his speeches by heart, and I found English lessons very boring.

 Then I saw Julius Caesar at the Empire and was amazed at how good it was. This is why Dame Helen is saying: let children see the plays and enjoy them.

 I found Mr Crane’s story about his grandfather’s book interesting and amusing.

Paul Manning,