Sometimes I wonder, “How does God feel about the expectations of him? And why is God blamed for everything that is wrong in the world? Does he get enough credit for everything that’s right in this world? So I put myself in His place and wonder, what if I were God?”
Would I be offended by people asking, ”If there were a God, how could these things happen?” or “How could God allow such misery to exist?” or “Oh, God, let me win the lottery.”
To those who profess, “It’s in God’s hands now” I answer, Give me a break; do you think I want all your problems in MY hands; that was never in my job description. I admit that I created the earth. But where is it written that I am the “go to guy” for every problem of you inhabitants? Who said you can hold me accountable for all your questions, confusions, and assurances that your dishwashers don’t die during the dinner party?
It’s not my fault if your souffle falls. Don’t disparage my name if you aren’t able to become a violin virtuoso. I’m not responsible for your not snagging the promotion you prayed for. I may have heard your prayer but that doesn’t make it a done deal. I am not a genie in a bottle who grants wishes; that story is a fairy tale. Do you think that I am a fairy tale?
The saying that upsets me is “It’s God’s will.” Does anybody know me well enough to know my will? Should I appear after every event in the world and announce, “Yup, this was my will,” or “The management claims no responsibility for these incidents. All persons, places and events are the imagination of the author and purely fictional.”
NO, I say, I am here to give you the strength to withstand these issues and to figure out how to deal with them: not to be your life coach. Do people think that God is a bell-hop in the sky, there for their convenience?
Please be kind; worship as you wish, pray to your heart’s content and may it make you strong. All I can say is,
Thank God I’m not God.
Comments on: "IF I WERE GOD" (23)
In German and Yiddish they say something like “Man thinks and God laughs”.
Ronnie, I think God got in trouble when the “Baltimore catechism” was published to be used for religion classes in parochial schools, teaching the following ideas: “God is good, God is kind, God is all-knowing, God is merciful, God always hears your prayers, God is loving,”et al. That was drilled into the minds and hearts of the children from grades 1 through 8 and then they left parochial school and entered the real world. Suddenly this idea of God that had been formed for so long wasn’t working anymore. Where was the al-knowing, kind, loving God when the drunk hit his wife’s car, killing her and his daughter? Where was the merciful god that permitted the war that took her husband leaving her a widow with fatherless children? Where was the God that hears prayers when both Grandma and Grandpa died of cancer despite the prayers of the whole family and friends? It’s easy for me to see and understand why people can blame God for things. Upbringing and theology taught didn’t match up to reality. I’m just being a devil’s advocate here and showing the other side of the religious coin. (I’m off my soapbox now).
I am beginning to understand the wisdom of the philosophy of never discussing politics or religion. There are simply no answers; you either take it on faith or you don’t.
Something I learned the hard way a while back. Hope my rant didn’t offend you. Didn’t mean to. I promise to be “civil” from now on. Hugs !
You didn’t offend me at all; this is a subject that is hard to discuss logically.
I believe that we are all a piece of God, thus, we are responsible for whatever happens in our lives. No one to blame!
That sounds like a rational, reasonable thought.
Great post Ronnie.. when people blame God for stuff, or ask why he let it happen, I say she didn’t – she gave us free will and this is what we’ve done with it..
we not only judge each other, but we judge God too… I once read a statement Jesus gave to someone which said that the Day of the Last Judgement will be the day the last man judges another…
There must be something about the human condition that makes us all so critical and judgmental.
I’ve often said there’s another force out there stirring things up. Don’t blame it all on God. I’ve always had a beef with “Everything happens for the best.” That mantra was mocked in Voltaire’s “Candide.” Perhaps, everything happens for a reason … and if you learn something from that, then it was a good reason.
I like what ‘cyclinggrandma’ said. So true!
So true, indeed. Reasons are often not understood until after the fact.
He does end up the scapegoat a lot, doesn’t he? Nice piece.
Thanks, Carrie. I’m sure he’s glad to have you recognize the bind he’s in.
I’m sure. 😉
Very well said.
Thank you, Andrew. I was worried about offending anyone by treating the subject humorously.
God’s actually a funny dude and loves a good laugh.
Good morning Ronnie, Well developed role god plays in our lives, he offers courage, endurance, but does not determine the outcome.
Well said, Lynn. Thanks for your comment.
Well said. Often people who ask where was God during the Holocaust, the response is, where was man?
Whoa: that is quite the response. I’ll have to remember that line.
Excellent question. Thankfully, some were there and did their part. But, too many weren’t.
Too many weren’t and chose not to be on their free will.