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Wednesday 5th January 1966


Got letter from
Jones. Displeased with it. Sent
reply (Night). Went to Aud’s but
both came home. Went
tracking with Robert.
The likely order of events is:
  • Morning:
    Got letter from Jones. Displeased with it.

  • [Letter from David Jones, postmarked “6 15PM 4 JAN 1966” and received the next day:]
                      The Coppice,
                       11, Park Road,
                        Thornton Cleveleys,
    Dear John,
          Thank you for your letter which I received this
    morning, and thank you for your concern for me.
          However, you seem to take for granted that
    I believe that Jesus died as part of a bargain between
    God and the Devil. I do not believe this. I believe that
    Jesus died as an example to the human race. You state in
    your letter that Jesus died so that I wouldn’t have to die
    for my sins. I have explained to you my views on the after-
    life, and I believe that anyone who leads a life dedicated
    to the betterment of his fellows is closer to God than the
    man who goes to Church on Sundays and spends the rest of the
    week robbing banks, beating people up, and generally annoying
    and worsting his fellow men.
          For the same reason, I don’t believe that saving
    is a sudden process. If you have faith in God, lead a good
    life, then you have no need to worry.
          There are many so-called Christian men in this
    country, who can stand by and watch people who need operations
    desperately but who have to wait behind a hospital waiting
    list of two hundred. These people, if they are ill, do
    not need to wait — they pay fifty pounds and are treated
    privately, while some poor chap who needed that bed dies
    for the simple reason that he was poor. In my opinion these
    people will suffer, and ought to suffer, a worse fate than
    the person who leads a good life but does not go to church.
          If you die with a clear conscience, leaving behind
    you a good, clean life, I believe you have no need to worry.
    However, if you have led an horrible life, I believe that
    God, who is merciful, will NOT condemn somebody to eternal
    damnation because of error. Punishment, certainly, but not
    eternal torture.
             Well, I shall be going now,
                        Yours sincerely,
                        D. C. Jones.
    P.S. I omitted to mention in my last parargraph that if
    you have done your best in this life to follow the teachings
    of Jesus, to alleviate the sufferings of the poor, the needy,
    the ill, then you have done better than the person who merely
    prays for these things and does nothing to bring them about.

    How different the tone of his letter, received on Wednesday 3rd August 1966, is!

  • Afternoon:
    Went to Aud’s house in Fleetwood but both came home, i.e. to my house in Thornton.

  • Evening:
    Went tracking [tracting, giving out gospel tracts] with Robert in Fleetwood—Robert Parkinson, I assume. But compare 23rd March 1966 where it is Robert Miller who is mentioned; however, there, I felt the need to add the surname Miller. See Alone at last!

  • Night
    When I got home I sent a reply to Jones’s letter.

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