Letters, December 2007-January 2008

Your brief article about the Trinity in the October/November issue of Christian Odyssey magazine was clever times three. However, the God you present in the Three-Piece Suit, the pieces sending other pieces to other places, seems a bit anthropomorphic. Perhaps the next time you write an article about the Trinity you might try less to entertain and more to highlight the differences between the God of the Trinitarians and the God of the Unitarians. The attribute of love and a plan for reconciliation through his Son sound remarkably similar.

Joe W., email

Mike Feazell responds: Thanks for the kudos on the article! As the article noted, it was not designed to prove the doctrine against all alternatives — it was designed to unfold some of the ramifications of the doctrine for those who believe it. For a defense of the doctrine itself, see the articles on our website, www.gci.org/God. The Unitarian idea is certainly a compelling one for many people, mainly because it is easy and simple. The challenge we find with a Unitarian concept of God, however, is to reconcile it with the Bible. The biblical revelation is that there is one and only one God, and that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Spirit is God. Unitarianism flatly denies the divinity of the Son. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity developed from the demands of Scripture, rather than solely from the dictates of human reason.

We were on our way to Miami, looking forward to a relaxing cruise. On this leg of the journey, we were sitting in the first-class cabin. I looked across the aisle toward my son, who was reaching into the magazine rack for something to read.

Lo and behold, he pulled out Christian Odyssey!

I asked, "Did you bring that with you?"

He said, "No, it was in the rack."

How brilliant, I thought. When you’re through with a first-class magazine, leave it in the first-class cabin (or anywhere else) for someone else’s enjoyment and edification.

Pass it on, pass it on.

GG, email

Just finished reading your article "Too old to be useful?" Awesome! My husband and I are finding ourselves in the position of parenting our 9½-year-old granddaughter. He will turn 60 this month and I am 56. We are among a growing number of "baby boomers" and older people finding ourselves in this place. It has proven to be a blessing! My husband recently retired and we are both working part-time — a choice, thankfully, that we could afford to do and be able to give her our time and energy.

How she has blossomed since being with us! And how we are learning to love in such a different way than with our four adult children when they were young. We indeed are never too old to be useful.

Nancy, Minnesota

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