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Mayfield diverged from tradition, but still guided my faith

Barbara Mertus MunyonKeystone

Re: “Mayfield is against Jesus” (Daily Mail, April 9)I was raised in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. I was baptized and confirmed at a time when it was mandatory to memorize all of Luther’s Small Catechism and the Creeds; both the Apostle’s and the Nicene. In my Lutheran parochial school, I was required to know the history of the Reformation, the doctrine of “Original Sin”. My Biblical training goes deep. What I want to say is that I am a novice when it comes to the understanding of Spirit. I know with certainty that I don’t know. To say I am a currently a Christian would be hypocritical. Rich married my husband and I, he confirmed my daughter who last May received her Master’s in Divinity and Master’s in Greek and Hebrew. To the best of my knowledge, the only surviving Gnostic gospel in the King James Version of the Bible is St. John, and Jesus was a known Gnostic. Christians today have both the Council of Nicea and Constantine to thank for what books and teachings remain. When I had my questions about what I learned and what I discovered regarding the omissions from the King James Version of the Bible, I went to Rich. Rich was gentle in heart and in spirit. He has a graciousness that goes far beyond what is exhibited by many Christians who take his teachings to task. My daughter tells me that when you study to be a minister, you are told what you can’t say to the congregation. They will call you a Jesus hater, say you are unrecognizable as a Christian. Minister 101 job requirements include keeping your mouth shut and telling the congregation what they want to hear about Jesus that conforms. Rich has taken a path that only a few would be fearless enough to delve into. I’m sure that must come from a deep yearning to extend some of the inner knowledge that has been sanctioned to the chosen biblical few out into the general populace. I have lived in Summit county for 27 years now. I haven’t seen Rich for many years, but I think about him often. He was the person that told me that God can never be defined. Like my Mother he encouraged me, “Ask and ye shall receive; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” If you are a Christian, please don’t judge. If you are not a Christian, please don’t judge. Rich is on his path. He passed me wisdom that no other Christian Minister ever did. He didn’t criticize me when I began to question. He gave me the courage to seek out my spiritual answers as I needed to do.Like Tiny Tim, I want to say to Rich and to the readers of his column who have a difficult time understanding his message, “God Bless Us every one.” Like Tiny Tim, I want to say to Rich and to the readers of his column who have a difficult time understanding his message, “God Bless Us every one.”


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