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Religion: Man has God-given free will
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Religion: Man has God-given free will

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Many years ago when my family and I were medical missionaries in India, I killed a fully mature male leopard which the night before had singly killed 26 medium-sized pigs in a small village. I assume he killed most of them from the thrill of killing because he did not need 26 pigs for food. Man also at times kills his fellow man in peace and war. It is right and proper that we have man-made laws and punishments in place to deal with convicted murderers of various degrees.

One can ask if the killer leopard and the killer man violate any of God’s laws? I think not; for, as an ex-Christian, it is my belief that almighty God is totally unknowable except from what one can conclude from nature and the creation. It is my view that the killer leopard only exercised his God-given instincts while the killer man only exercised his God-given free-will.

I seriously doubt if the true creator finds either killer a “sinner,” falling “short of the glory of God” and in need of any religious “forgiveness.” Religion is all man-made and is an attempt to make God into the God that man wants him to be.

Claude R. White,

Missoula

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