In the 1930's, when I was but a child, my aunt was married to a travelling evangelist who presided over camp meetings and she was very proud of his work. She loved telling me of his "miracles" of healing, saving souls, and casting out demons. She used to sit me down and tell stories of things that she had "witnessed" at his meetings. Being a simple country child, I asked questions and, over time and after following her urging to read the Bible "cover to cover", I developed a healthy skepticism toward believing what I was told and have spent a good deal of time in the informal study of the Bible, its teachings, and the history of these sacred writings. Especially at this time, when religious leaders have such close ties with the politicians and share their aspirations, it is most important for Christians to study carefully what they are being told and search the scriptures to learn the truth for themselves.
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