To the editor:
I am writing to say thank you to the Rev. Bret Hays, for his words on faith and belief ("Midweek Musings" column, the Times, Wednesday, June 6).
However, may I add a word or two?
I shy away from man's interpretation of Scripture, and accept Scripture's interpretation of itself. There is a Biblical definition of faith, found in Hebrews 11:1, that emphasizes Bret's transliteration.
Plus, in James 4:2, there is further evidence of his words. Now at the end of the Book of Revelations, there is a word picture of St. Peter, standing at the gates of heaven, and the words say the books were open: One is the Book of Life, the other the Book of Works; that each may be rewarded according to his works.
The gift of salvation, (the hope of eternal life as promised by God), by grace, through Faith — and the public confession of Romans 10: 9 & 10 — hinges upon the belief of the atoning blood of forgiveness shed by Jesus upon the cross, entering your name in both books, and seals the words of Bret Hays' Midweek Musing.
Thanks Bret. I pray you don't mind my addition.
Langsford Street, Gloucester