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Finds charge misleading

To the editor:

The April 24 Catholic Courier had an article about the “Left Behind” series being “anti-Catholic!” Someone either didn’t read it or dislikes it because it was written by a non-Catholic.

After reading the series, I’m still a Catholic! After this reading, I am closer to Jesus and the Bible. It instilled in me the love of God and the fact that I am saved if I live the life He has planned for me. I acknowledge Jesus.

My husband and I are cradle Catholics. We’ve received all Sacraments and have been married 47 years. We’ve had seven children. I have been active in the Catholic church, teaching religion to second-, fourth- and sixth-graders. I am a Eucharistic Minister. We have always attended Mass on Sundays and Holy Day Mass. I also attend a weekly Bible study group.

All Christian books read should bring us closer to God whether written by a Catholic or other religious. Billy Graham’s books are interesting and dwell on Jesus and not on any particular religion. Are Billy Graham’s magazines, books also anti-Catholic?

Christians must love and acknowledge good Christians. No one has tried to convert me. I am a Catholic until death do us part. At that time, I believe that Jesus will judge me. After the terrible scandal the church has been through the past two years, I think a kinder approach to other Christians would be appropriate. We are not without fault!

These authors admitted these books were fiction based on the Book of Revelations — difficult to understand. Their books helped me understand what Revelations may mean, but never intended for me to think their books were anything other than fiction.

This article is misleading. Anyone who reads “Left Behind” is fortunate for having found them.

Lucy Friedman

Freedom Pond Lane

North Chili

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic News Service brief reported that the “Left Behind” books had been deemed anti-Catholic by authors of an article in the quarterly newsletter of the U.S. bishops’ Department of Education because they promote the fundamentalist “rapture doctrine” about the end times.

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