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Discussing faith requires truth, sensitivity

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Truthfulness and accuracy should be the foundation for all journalism.

Sensitivity, content and appropriateness also are part of quality journalism.

I wish to thank the Watertown Daily Times for the Nativity scene and narrative on Dec. 24 with the title “The word incarnate.”

Also, a thanks for both the message drawing showing Mary and infant Jesus, and the article titled “A moment of power, fragility.”

Well done and appropriate for Christmas Eve day.

Why, why, why, did the Times have to include a second opinion by editor Jerry Moore titled “ A myth worth believing in”?

Although legal, I do not think this was the appropriate time to debate biblical accuracy.

Starting with the title, Mr. Moore is planting the seed of doubt in his readers’ minds about Christianity and the Bible.

The later use of the term “tale” and the continued use of the term “myth” as well as the questions about true stories and truth stories all have the same potential of planting doubt in readers who have marginal knowledge about the Bible.

The real complete message of the Nativity narrative is that a savior, Christ the Lord, was born, God’s gift to man.

Will Mr. Moore provide a second opinion on Islam or other faith’s sacred scripture? I suspect not.

We all have a right to our opinion on faith in the United States, but we should exercise sensitivity, appropriateness, truthfulness and accuracy as we speak about our opinions in other’s faiths and sacred scripture.

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my father in heaven,” Matthew 10:32-33 (NIV).

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV).

“We do not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eye witnesses of his majesty.” Peter 1:16 (NIV).

Michael McCullouch


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