Perspective

When I read in Saturday’s edition that a friend of mine had died of cancer, it made me very sad, but then I saw your quote of the day, and it made me very angry.

People pray to God during times of crisis, including their end of life crisis, but then turn their lives over to people who don’t know how to solve their problems. Do doctors know how to cure cancer? What if God has a cure for cancer? What if God can solve all the problems, but we think chemotherapy or psychotherapy is the solution? Is believing in God a form of mental illness?

This is a huge crisis for the entire world. People die because of this, yet Jesus came to overcome. How could he overcome death? The Catholic church, for example, is in crisis because of this. People turn their lives over to the priests, who are supposed to be speaking for God. Do the priests speak for God?

The Bible says one of the spiritual gifts is prophecy. Prophets speak to God and God speaks back. Are we separated from reality for believing in a bigger reality, because we believe in the Bible? Is your perspective of reality the true one, and are you betting your life on it?

Karen Holmes

Brookings

Offended by quote

I do not know if I am more disappointed or more offended by your header on the Coastal Living section of Saturday’s paper. I am referring to the quote of the day by Hungarian Psychiatrist Szasz, “If you talk to God that is praying. If God talks to you that is schizophrenia.”

As a Christian who talks to God daily, and yes hears back from him in all sorts of beautiful and blessed ways, I am offended that you would choose this quote as such a prominent header.

Additionally, religion aside, I would think that you would know better than to make light of a mental illness such as schizophrenia. Mental illness diagnosis along with any other medical condition or disability should not be used as puns of humor or entertainment.

Pamela Craig

Brookings

Many holidays

Happy Holidays to you. That’s right, holidays. There are at least 10 by Jan. 1.

The 10th day of Muharram is Ashura when some Muslims celebrate when Musa or Moses and his people obtained victory over the Egyptian Pharaoh.

Dec. 2 started Hanukkah celebrating the Maccabees’ recapture of the second Temple from the Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C.

Dec. 8 is Bodhi Day, when Buddhists celebrate Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

Dec. 16 is Las Posadas involving the re-enactment of Mary and Joseph searching for lodgings.

On Dec. 21, many Christians celebrate St. Thomas’ Day in honor of the Apostle.

Dec 21-25 is Pancha Ganapati, a modern Hindu festival celebrating Lord Ganesha.

Dec. 21 is the Winter solstice, marking the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Originally a Pagan holiday and Christianized as the Yule.

Christmas falls on the 25th, and celebrates the nativity, or birth, of Jesus Christ.

Dec. 26 is the start of Kwanzaa, an African-American celebration that goes through New Year’s Day. It is an important part of sharing African heritage and culture with family.

On Jan. 1, Lutheran churches and others celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ, a demonstration that Christ was fully human.

You see, there’s so much to celebrate this holiday season. We can be so inclusive by greeting everyone with “Happy Holidays.” However, if you wish me a “Merry Christmas,” assuming I’m Christian, I’ll wish you a “Joyous Kwanzaa,” since we all originally came from Africa.

Gordon Clay

Brookings

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