Many people, like the Readers' Forum writer (Dec. 30), find Biblical scripture confusing and it is. The more confusing, the better to conceal the truth, which Jesus said can make all free.
The religious proclaim that the Bible is the Word of God, but whose God? Thus anyone determined which part of scripture is of the so called God of this world, mentioned in 2 Cor. who is blinding minds through the bible concerning truth of Jesus.
Jesus' way is love and love is feeling of the spirit, not a word in a book, but people are led to believe that the only place they can find Jesus is in their religious books. Try looking for Jesus in the love of a parent who would not put a book of words before their child, and neither would Jesus.
It's true that Jesus, has a part in the Bible, bought through a bloodshed pact (Jesus' crucifixion) with this world's gold, so that the world may know who Jesus us and have hope for a better life to come, when its time for Jesus to reign over all. But the work today as back then, is still confused about Jesus. Try looking at Jesus' example. Was Jesus unkind to anyone? Did Jesus harm or destroy life? Actions should speak louder than words, but with religion it seems to be more a word power thing, they lump Jesus in the same category as the vengeance seeking God of Moses and other Biblical characters (voice in the dark Gods) who harmed and destroyed lives.