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LETTER: Easter season shows God's love

To the Editor:

The love of God is amazing, beyond our comprehension. In fact, the Bible says that God is love. That is becoming more obvious in our society as the government and courts push God more and more out of public life.

There is rampant crime, hatred, more violence even in the home, lack of compassion, etc. Tolerance is taking the place of real love.

Many people think of God like a grandfather who just loves without any boundaries and that someday everyone will end up in Heaven no matter if they had a relationship with God or what kind of life they lived. 

But since God is Holy, He is not just a God of love but must also be a God of justice. We wouldn't think it was right if someone committed crimes and never was punished. God says we have all sinned and come short of His Glory - no one can say they have never broken any of God's commandments. Since God is Holy and cannot look on sin, what do we do about our sin since we would have to be perfect to stand before Him?

In the Old Testament, God provided a system of sacrifices but they only covered sin and had to be repeated over and over. In His great love and mercy, God sent Jesus to die for our sins - a one-time sacrifice that removes our sin from us.

Think of it! Jesus Christ, very God Himself, became a man, lived a perfect life, died for our sins and rose again to reconcile us to God. But it isn't automatic -- we must confess that we have sinned, turn away from our sin, and accept Christ's atonement for us.

Pastor Jentzen Franklin said, "Whatever we won't give up to go to Heaven, we will give up to go to Hell."

Hell isn't just a swear word, it is a real place and the suffering Christ endured to pay for our sins vividly shows that. The choice is ours and there are no excuses because God made the way so anyone can be saved.

Easter would be a good time to start a relationship with God. You will never be alone again through your trials and your joys.

MaryEllen Olson