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Art Beckman letter: Many gods try to replace true God

In Sunday's Forum letter (Aug. 11), Bill Treumann's short list of gods neglected to list the ones I have personally experienced and have more than enough proof of their existence. These are the gods of intellect, money, complacency, power...

In Sunday's Forum letter (Aug. 11), Bill Treumann's short list of gods neglected to list the ones I have personally experienced and have more than enough proof of their existence. These are the gods of intellect, money, complacency, power, greed, sloth, selfishness, gluttony, sexual adventures, sports, illegal drugs, outrageous "entertainment" and on and on.

Every day we all make choices on how we will respond to the many gods that are all too visible in our world today. However, no matter what god we choose to serve and worship, we all need help in navigating a life fraught with both happiness and pain.

So no matter what god you serve and worship, and we all do worship a god or gods of our own choosing, history has shown the 10 rules designed for a better life, attributed to the God of Moses, have indeed contributed to a happy, healthier life for those who have embraced these guidelines for living.

I never expect anyone to accept the God I believe in by simply placing some words on a stone tablet. It is not that easy or rational. But, I firmly believe it is perilous to turn a blind eye to history (especially American history) and ignore credible historical guideline that have aided all of society in striving for a lawful, fruitful and happy life. Choose carefully the gods you have chosen to serve.

Art Beckman

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