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Letter: Bible verses need context

,Minnesota 56201
Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

It's possible that Lee Paulson (Public Forum, June 6), who referred to "The Revelation of St. John the Divine" as "Revelations", is showing a certain lack of familiarity with the Holy Bible, every verse of which needs to be understood in the context of the whole book. (Some Christians do seem to forget that.)

The word "rapture", by the way, does not appear anywhere in the Bible. The Sermon on the Mount is indeed beautifully inspiring; read on a bit to the 34th verse of Matthew 10, where Jesus is quoted as saying, "Don't imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! No, I came to bring a sword" (New Living Translation). It sounds harsh, but can be better understood in context and as you read and reread the whole message of the Bible.

Elisabeth Thomas