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To the editor:

This is in response to the letter in the September 18 Echo Press titled “All, some or none of Bible is absolute truth.”

People often question how much, if any, of the Bible is absolute truth. Matthew Fontaine Maury, known as “Pathfinder of the Seas,” viewed the Bible as absolute truth. Maury read in the Psalms that fish passed “through the paths of the sea” and in Ecclesiastes and Job about the movement and weight of the wind. Accepting what he read as fact, Maury developed charts of the ocean currents. He wrote the first textbook on modern oceanography.

The U.S. Naval Institute quoted all of Psalm 8:8 on its monument to Maury. Another monument in Maury’s honor in Richmond, Virginia, bears this inscription:

“Matthew Fontaine Maury, Pathfinder of the Seas, the genius who first snatched from the oceans and atmosphere the secret of their laws. His inspiration, Holy Writ, Psalm 8:8; Ecclesiastes 1:6.”

Everyone, including Maury, chooses whether or not to believe what he/she is reading on the basis of whether or not the writer can be trusted to tell the truth.

2 Peter 1:21 and 2 Timothy 3:16 both proclaim the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. 2 Timothy goes so far as to say, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…”

Obviously, anyone who believes the entire Bible is inspired by God will accept the entire Bible as absolute truth. (One doesn’t have to have all the answers if one is able to trust the One responsible for what has been written.)

The words “trust” and “faith” are frequently interchangeable. Hebrews 13:6 says: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him (God) must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

Melva Jean Ruckheim

Parkers Prairie, MN