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In response to "Technology versus the church" (letter, Sept. 17): Man’s thirst for knowledge surviving biblical teachings? When did it become wrong to teach things such as the Ten Commandments (highlights include not killing, stealing, cheating on your spouse or coveting your neighbor’s possessions, and no idol worship). All of those things are relevant today.

Murder rates in our cities are climbing; people such as Bernie Madoff have stolen billions of dollars from many people; divorce rates are through the roof (single parenting is a difficult task for both the parents and the children); and coveting neighbors’ possessions (keeping up with the Joneses) has greatly influenced our economic crisis (average credit card debt is at an all-time high).

Or what about the example that Jesus set by dying on the cross? He preached forgiveness over vengeance, self-sacrifice over self-indulgence. One needs to look no further than party politics to see examples of vengeance and self-indulgence and the devastating effects they have on our country. Instead of man "surviving" biblical teachings, it sounds more like man should observe biblical teachings more closely.

Capt. Tim ScarianoCamp Speicher, Iraq

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