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Spiritual wealth is what Christians value

Published 03/06/2016

Brian McClinton's recent letter on the futility of religion (Write Back, June 1) focuses on many who are, as he puts it, "thriving without God".

His comments around the 2011 census are factual, but I can say that the Christian message is not based around being in the majority, nor are believers drawn to Christ solely on the basis of a better quality of life.

I am reminded of Job in the Old Testament, where Satan suggests to God that he is "good living for a living" - a cynical phrase scoffers used to throw at Christians doing well.

In Job 1:9-11 we read: "So Satan answered the Lord and said: 'Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has and he will surely curse You to Your face.'"

Job lost his property, his children and his health, but his faith in God remained resolute. Rational man cannot explain that.

What Job had and what Christians have, ultimately, is much more than what is tangibly around us and stretches beyond this life.

ROBERT COUSINS

Belfast

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