Asking for forgiveness
To the editor:
A letter said that prayers are never answered. That is a skeptical opinion, not a fact.
Skeptics can’t prove that spiritual requests, such as forgiveness of sins, aren’t answered.
Jesus said to pray to “Our Father who is in heaven” and to honor His name (Matt. 6:9).
In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask for the coming of God’s kingdom, that “His will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (verse 10). The world will become a paradise, with no war, poverty or oppression.
We ask God to “give us this day our daily bread” (verse II). That is not a request for wealth.
We ask God to forgive our sins and “deliver us from evil” (verses 12-13).
God didn’t create humans as righteous robots. We are expected to develop characters and to grow spiritually. This life is preparation for eternity. What we learn will last forever.
Atheistic Marxists need this life to be perfect because they think it is all we will ever have.
Karl Marx was wrong to say “Religion is the opiate of the people.” True religion leads us to God and to eternal life.
Did six million Jews die during the Nazi reign of terror because they prayed to a non-existent God?
Not all Jews were religious and prayed for deliverance. Secular Jews only have an ethic or ancestral identity, but religious Jews also have Judaism.
A Jewish rabbi who survived the Holocaust defined faith as having it even when God is silent. How did he survive?