- - Sunday, April 22, 2018

Some argue that a “humanist” chaplain can effectively counsel a God-fearing Christian soldier. I would beg to differ “(Navy rejects ‘non-theist’ for chaplain corps; lawmakers warn against changing core mission,” Web, March 27). A humanist believes that what humankind thinks is more important than what God wants us to do. This is the antithesis of Christianity. Christians attach prime importance to Christ, not man.

A Christian is first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ — one who knows He is the Son of God, sent to Earth to die for man’s sins, who rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Christ preached that only he was the way to salvation, that man is by nature a sinner, lives in a temporal world and has limited understanding.

Christ taught us many things, such as kindness toward our fellow man. Most importantly, though, he taught us to reject the ways of man’s world and live a life of repentance of sin. One sin is placing primary importance on man, or being focused on the “self.” In fact, to think like a humanist is a sin in the Christian view. Thus there is nothing the humanist can offer a Christian, because to listen to this way of thinking is to stray from the truth of Jesus Christ.

HAROLD KNUDSEN

Alexandria



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