TO THE EDITOR: There has been much attention in the media over the reported statement by Pope Frances concerning atheists and heaven.
It was reported that he said atheists did not have to believe in God in order to get into heaven. The actual statement was: “The mercy of God has no limits if one turns to him with a sincere and contrite heart.”
I would have hoped, though, that Pope Francis would have further explained what the Bible says about how one can know with certainty how to be sure of attaining salvation and heaven, such as “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). So we all need to admit that we are sinners. “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:32).
Romans 10:9 says “If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
These scriptures tell me that we must repent of sin and personally accept the gift Jesus offers to us by his death and resurrection.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves. It is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
TO THE EDITOR: With the 2013 season closing on Oct. 12, the Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and donations.
We had an increase in visitors viewing the mining, railroad and sports exhibits, and we received many favorable comments.
We would also like to thank our dedicated volunteers who contributed to a successful season.
Lastly, thank you to the media for their advertising support.