Letters, June-July 2006

It was disturbing to read your article, "Bible Prophecy: What’s it All About," in the latest Christian Odyssey (April/May 2006). Your assertion that all Bible prophecy has been fulfilled in Christ really does a disservice to Christians by watering down the Word of God and encouraging a dismissal of important biblical revelations concerning the kingdom of God. The prophets did not only speak about the sacrifice of Christ and his salvation as you assert by quoting 1 Peter 1:10-12. They also spoke about the "end time," the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the future kingdom of God. To dismiss countless scriptures on prophecy, including the Book of Revelation, as being figurative to fit your biblical paradigm will result in leading many away from biblical truths and knowledge. Until we become a Bible-centered church again, we will not reap God’s blessings.

J C (email)

Mike Feazell responds: Thank you for taking the time to respond to my article. Clearly, we do not see eye to eye on the topic, but I do appreciate your willingness to let me know how you feel. The "end time" and the return of Christ are not restricted to humanly calculated timelines; they involve the boundless redemption of all the fabric of the universe, including time itself. You might be interested in reading more about "the end" by visiting https://www.gci.org/disc/28-theend.

Naturally, I cannot agree that God has not blessed our denomination, and forgive me if I take strong exception to your implication that we are not a Bible-centered church. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to know that you are committed to the word of God and to serving God with zeal.

I just want to say thank you for your review of the book Dawkins’ God, by Alister McGrath. I’ve been looking for a book on this subject for some while, but never committed to a purchase — I didn’t want to end up buying some polemic based on half-baked ideas. I’ve seen a number of supposed arguments in this area use an inadequate understanding of physics and was concerned that I didn’t have the knowledge to judge whether opponents of Dawkins were being balanced in their arguments.

Anyway, I was prompted to buy this title, and what a good balanced read it is! Intellectually, I’ve always felt on a back foot when dealing with Dawkins’ claims. Yet, McGrath’s analysis has enabled me to consider evolution, atheism and the supposed "logical link" between these two issues — without the uncomfortable feeling that I’m just being unreasonable!

Ian W (email)

We hope you enjoy the exclusive interview with Alister McGrath in this issue (page 14.)

I just felt compelled to write you and tell you how impressed I am with this issue of Christian Odyssey. It came yesterday and immediately I was drawn to the quality and color of the magazine. This morning as I got up to have my devotional time I began to look it over as my tea was brewing, and I honestly could not put it down until I had read the whole thing from cover to cover. It is powerful and lends a great deal of credibility to our denomination. I am extremely happy to lend my support in every way. There was no agenda, no bashing legalism; just Christ-centered, powerful, practical and grace-filled [material].

VH Ohio

We just received our copy of the new Christian Odyssey. It is really beautiful, what an improvement. It is like the magazine came to life all of a sudden. Amazing what color and a new format can do.

Joyce C (email)

I love the Christian Odyssey very much but have one small complaint. When the light shines on the new shiny paper sometimes there is a glare.

C H (email)

It is a trade-off. We can use a slightly less glossy, but still high quality paper, but the overall impression will be duller. What do other readers think about this?

Though the lead article (April/May) was cautious about the implications of Intelligent Design, it did point to our Great Creator God, and I laud that with all of my heart. I’m convinced that is what we as Christians need to do — get the attention and efforts off of who we are and what we are doing for God and on to who he is, what he does, what he’s about for humankind and onto the greatness, goodness, the love, and the desire that God has for us to live in communion and participation with him — that God is for us as no other is. In the recognition and acceptance of his love for us, he can and will do the transformational work in our lives that needs to be done. Certainly three and a half decades have shown me that I cannot. Only he can do it.

TM (email)

I laughed until I cried at John Halford’s orangutan, then read the rest of the article and cried again.

Connie W (email)

There appears to be a typo on page 20 of the April/May issue of Odyssey. In the second paragraph there’s a reference to 2 Corinthians 16:2. Since 2 Corinthians doesn’t have 16 chapters, 1 Corinthians would seem to be a better fit, as it also agrees with the context.

Steve C., Wisconsin

Thank you. Our mistake.

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