Church has duty to maintain Christian standards

Interesting points were made by Kevin Carlyon in the letters page (Observer, November 7).

He was markedly critical over the local parish church’s response to the request for certain wording to be inscribed on a headstone which the church regarded as inappropriate to Christian beliefs.

Kevin, as a non-Christian, seems to imply that the church should compromise its values. Though it may not suit him he needs to accept that the church has a duty to preach the Gospel, maintain Christian standards and not trivialise its responsibilities.

He also takes the simplistic view that ‘as long as what you believe in makes you happy and does no harm then you have every right to pursue that faith’ and also claims that man is his own god (small ‘g’’) through his (man’s) image creation.

Such thinking leads to self-worship, self-centredness and self-righteousness.

But for the sake of self-enrichment he would do well to consider Genesis 1:27. ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them’, and humbly reflect upon the God who made the universe - including the oxygen that he breathes in.

A consequence of the harmful view of ‘self’ appears to be Kevin’s interest in witchcraft, a belief defined as ‘the exercise or invocation of alleged supernatural powers to control people or events, practices of the occult typically involving sorcery or magic’.

The dangers of dabbling, to any extent, in the supernatural realm are very real and as the Bible tells us, must be avoided. In concluding I would urge Kevin to come out from his occult practices and seek blessings through Jesus’’ Gospel.

Cindi Cogswell