Other faiths believe in hereafter of a different kind | Letter
Editor, The Beacon:
"The most misleading assumptions are the ones you don't even know you're making."
This maxim, by Douglas Noel Adams, was brought to mind as I read a letter to the editor written by Fenton Rees [“Mukilteo layman more certain than Everett pastor,” The Beacon, page 4, July 23].
In his letter, Mr. Rees infers there could be no "hereafter" without a Heaven and Hell. He also asserts that God could not "exact justice on the monsters of history, such as Hitler or Mao," without a Heaven and Hell.
These inferences are based on Mr. Rees's faith, not fact. I believe it would behoove Mr. Rees to read the definition of faith as written in the King James version of Hebrews 11:1, where it states, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
In layman’s terms, this type of faith means believing in something without any factual evidence. To assume there couldn't be a hereafter, without a Heaven and Hell, is contrary to my faith. The same can be said about God exacting justice on the monsters of history.
My faith teaches me to honor, respect and accept the fact there are many faiths which believe in the hereafter void of a Heaven and Hell, and an altruistic God who does not exact justice on the evildoers.
To me, any individual who ascribes to a faith based on compassion, empathy, acceptance and respect is just as credible as Mr. Rees'. I will hope Mr. Rees will take his time to consider these things prior to making misleading assumptions.