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On Jan. 14, Robert Ivy wrote a letter about God and morality, (“Bible is not the lone source for morality,” YourViews). I find most of what he said in opposition to what I believe. I hope he is taken to task regarding his reference to Adolf Hilter as a Christian and also his position of relativism regarding right and wrong.

I want to take issue in this letter to his description of God.

Keeping in mind that I do not know Mr. Ivy except through several of his letters, if I was asked to describe him, I would say angry and bitter. Why? Reading his last letter I see that he described the belief in God as a “virus.” Later he said that God was “arbitrary, capricious, and despotic.” Those are the words of an angry, bitter man.

Am I correct in my description of Mr. Ivy? I don't know. My guess is that his wife and close acquaintances see him different. He might even be kind and loving. I just do not see that side or him. He has not revealed that side to me.

Why should God be less complex than Mr. Ivy? At times, God might appear arbitrary to those who don't know him. In the New Testament, Jesus talks about his sheep as knowing his voice. To his sheep he is known as “Abba Father,” a term of endearment, sort of like “Papa.”

Why is God viewed differently by people? God seems to reveal himself to those who put their faith in him. To those, he promises a family relationship, and to those, he shows he is a God of love, slow to anger and altogether lovely. Those who know only wrath and behavior they regard as “depostic,” simply do not know him in a family way. A lively faith can make all the difference.

Bob Mitchell

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