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Mar. 27, 2013 @ 09:15 PM

Homosexuality not only sin in Bible

It saddens me that the national conversation on homosexual marriage has become so divisive, but it deeply troubles me that the values of the Bible are so often misunderstood by foe and friend alike.

That the Bible declares homosexual behavior a sin against God is rather plain (for instance, see Leviticus 20:13). Careful, fair-minded Biblical scholars on every side of the debate recognize that according to the Bible, homosexuality (and therefore homosexual marriage) is absolutely forbidden.

Many people find this extremely offensive, and it really is. But that's not the problem. The problem is that God's view of sin is much more offensive than ANY of us want it to be. "Straight" is not another word for "holy." Guys, ever look at a woman with lust? Jesus calls you an adulterer (Matthew 5:28). Got an anger problem? Your heart is filled with murder (verse 22). And the penalty for these sins? Eternal punishment (verses 29-30).

Nobody escapes: the Bible offends us all. We are all sinful and hell-deserving. Whatever your problems are, we both need to be saved by the same divine grace; and God promises to give it freely to everyone who confesses and trusts in Jesus (Galatians 3:22).

David Robbins

Huntington

Stan Romanoski touched many lives

Usually letters to the editor are written by someone who is confused or angry about some news item. This is not one of those letters. This is a letter of praise for a dear departed friend who passed away recently.

Stan Romanoski was one of the best friends anyone could ever have. He was smart, funny, caring and loving. I had the pleasure of watching him teach many years ago when we both taught at Huntington East. He loved his students, his profession, his school, his fellow teachers. I honestly believe he would've done it for free if he had to. He gave me the confidence to leave Huntington and spread my wings in Charlotte, where I have enjoyed teaching for the past 26 years.

I wish I could be as good as he was in the classroom. His legacy will live on with all of his colleagues he had over the years, and with all of the students whose lives he touched. We will miss him.

Barbara Dial Mager

Charlotte, N.C.

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