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An Interview with God

Originally posted November 2014

I have a friend who I occasionally get into some heated debates with about God, religion and faith.  During one of these debates he asked if God exist why is he so secretive.  Why doesn’t he just let us all know he exists so that the fighting and killing that takes place in his name would cease.  I told him it is because God’s existence is not for us to have tangible evidence of, though when you look around tangible evidence is everywhere, God’s existence to you is based on faith. His question however did make me wonder what if God did talk to us all directly today; What would we ask him? What would he reply? I thought about it some more and below is what I think an interview in today’s world with God might sound like.

Host:  Good Afternoon everyone thanks for tuning in to a very special broadcast our special guest today is none other than the creator himself – God. Welcome to the show.

God: Hello everyone.  Thanks for taking time out to listen in today, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve directly communicated with you but I felt that with the way things have been going lately on Earth now’s as good as time as ever to have a talk with you.

Host: Well we are very excited to have you here.  So let’s jump right in with the question everyone wants to know the answer to. The proverbial elephant in the room so to speak; Who got it right? Which religion is the correct one?

God: Jumped right in you did.  I am well aware that you’ve all been trying to find the answer to that question since well, almost the beginning of your time. Which religion is the right one? Whose god am I?  Whom do I favor? Very deep questions all and the answer you seek is actually a very simple one. May I have a drum roll please. The answer is, all and everyone.

Host: All and everyone? I think I speak for our listeners out there when I say I’m not really sure what you mean by that.

God:  I mean I did not create religion, I created you and in creating you I gave you the wonderful gifts of intellect and imagination. It is with those gifts that you created religion. I never cared how you chose to imagine me or what doctrines you chose to build your faith around.  No all I asked is that you treat each other with love, compassion and respect.  Sadly since the very beginning many of you have chosen not to that and even sadder you have chosen to use me as the reason for your destructive and violent actions.  For that I have been greatly saddened.

Host: But if that’s true why would you let us continue to travel down that path of destruction.

God: That was not my choice to make. Lest you forget I also blessed you with free will, the ability to live your lives as you saw fit.  Yes by allowing you to exist with free will there have been innocent souls who have perished and those they left behind have had to grieve.  However would you have found your existence to be more enjoyable if your life on Earth was scripted by me from the moment you were conceived to the moment you died? That nothing you did, no choice you made mattered? That you were simply actors in a play for my amusement?

Host: Well when you put it that way I guess not.

God: I didn’t think so.

Host: Let’s go back to something you said earlier that you were sadden by the acts of violence committed in your name.

God: Yes that is true.

Host: So over time has that sadness ever turned to hate? Have you ever regretted creating us?

God: You know how it is said I created you in my image.  Well that means a lot of things and to be honest we don’t have the time today to delve into what that fully means.  But with respect to your question let me give you an analogy.  A child is born to a mother and a father. They raise that child and instill in them what they believe to be guiding principles of right and wrong. The child grows and begins to develop their own identity and make decisions for themselves.  Decisions which are morally wrong, decisions which bring great harm to others.  The parents while horrified and saddened by the child’s actions at their core still love the child.  Their love for their child is unconditional. It is that unconditional love of their child that is but one of the many ways you are an image of me.  While I may be saddened by some of your decisions at my core I can never stop loving you, for you are all my children.

Host: What about those that question your very existence? That has to anger you a bit.

God: Well that very question presumes that I am vain and let me assure you I am not. If I was I would not having given you free will to decide for yourself if I do or do not exist.  If I was I would strike down with vengeance all who do not believe in me. Yet there are millions who walk among you today who do not believe. No, as I said earlier my only desire is that you love and treat each other with compassion.  If you need to believe in me to do so that is fine. If you do not believe in me but do so that is fine as well. But rest assured I take no satisfaction in the knowledge that you fully believe in me but show no love or compassion for your fellow human.

Host: What can we do to be better? How do we stop the hate?

God: Again that is not for me to say. Your destiny is yours and yours alone.  I have provided you, above all my other creations, intelligence and the ability to reason.  The power to communicate with each other and to create wondrous things. I have instilled with-in each of you the ability to be compassionate and the extremely powerful emotion of love.  Each of you are born with the guiding principles on what is right and wrong.  But it all comes back to free will, as humans you must want to walk in the light.  You must want to sacrifice some of your own personal wealth and happiness so that as a people you benefit as a whole.

Host: That won’t be easy.  We have never shown in our entire existence that we are capable of doing that.

God: It is because you have rejected the most basic concept.

Host: That is?

God: I created you as a people, one people.  Yes you may look different but that is but on the surface. You are all my children you are all the same.  When you are able to truly grasp that only then will you be able to love one another in the way that I truly had imagined you would.

Host: Maybe one day we will but we’ve come so far down the road I am afraid we never will be able to achieve that level of understanding and that must really sadden you.

God: It does but I have a great belief in you.  After all you are my children.  You may not be there today but you have so much potential that I know one day you will get there.  After all you have only been here but the blink of an eye. There is still much growing you have to do.

Host: Well it is comforting to know that you believe we have a chance.  I know you are busy and so we’ll end it there. Thank you for making this rare in person appearance we’ll try as a people to do better.

God: I know you will.

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Hate = Ugly – Unity = Beauty

There is nothing more ugly than division and hate for each other with the exception of those who promote it for personal gain. One day they will have to stand before the creator and justify the unjustifiable. 

There is nothing more beautiful than unity and compassion for each other. Blessings shall be showered unto those of us who who practice it. For we all God’s children regardless of what we may look like.

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It is He

Did you really think you could break me.

That you could convince me that earthly possessions were more valuable than spiritual ones.

That you could strip me of my compassion for others by exploiting inherent fears and prejudices that reside within us all.

That you could drive a wedge between me and my savior.

That you could cause me to abandon my faith and turn my back on him.

Look again and understand this:

My faith is strong in Him not you.

It is He who forgives me of my sins and loves me unconditionally not you.

It is he who I give praise to not you.

It is he who thank each day for allowing me to wake to this beautiful world that He created not you.

It is He who am a child of not you

It is He who has blessed with the promise of eternal life not you for as it is it is written in John 6:40

For it is My Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

It is because of Him the Lord my savior that you could never break me.

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When there was nothing there was everything. There was the Lord.

As I awake today I give praise to the Lord for yet another beautiful day and make no mistake each day we are blessed with the ability to walk upon this amazing planet we call Earth is a beautiful day.

Have you ever wondered how our existence came to be? How we have evolved, our planet formed, the universe sprang out of nothingness? I have almost every day and while I do not have the evidence of those who believe that our universe’s existence is simply a matter of science, nor do I dispute what it science has taught us about the universe.  I always come back to the question. What was there before that?

The universe started with a Big Bang. Alright I’m buying that is probably true.  But what was there before the universe exploded out of a incredibly hot, infinitely dense speck of matter? What was there before there was anything? Who or what set the whole thing in motion? Scientists will continue to theorize that question looking for the answer in some sort of tangible evidence. For those of us with faith there is no need to look for tangible evidence for we realize the evidence is now and has always been all around us. We recognize that the world on which walk on, the universe that world exists in and our very own existence is simply too perfect to be explained away as the result of a set of unknown circumstances which happened in such a fashion that we were created. We accept that such a complex and beautiful existence could only be conceived by a higher power and that higher power is the Lord.

Our faith is a love for the Lord. A love so strong that when others question our faith, when evil tempts us to abandon it, when science mocks it, we do not turn our back on it and let it wither away.  Rather we are energized to embrace it, to strengthen it. It is through our faith that we acknowledge that it is the Lord’s grand design that put everything in motion.  That it is only through the Lord’s blessings that we have the ability to use science to answer many of our questions about the universe. It is our faith that tells us that when there was “nothing” there was everything because there was the Lord.

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Is your faith strong and pure?

Anyone can say they have faith but it is only those whose relationship with the Lord is strong and pure that truly have it. Life gives us our share of up and downs and as with anything the up times are easy. During the up times we cruise along enjoying the moment. For so many of us we do not take the time to stop and praise the Lord for bestowing upon us his blessings, believing rather arrogantly that it is we ourselves and we alone that are responsible for our success. But true faith is defined by our actions in the down times. It is in the downtimes that our arrogance is stripped from us. It is doing the downtime that many of us blame the Lord for our troubles. True faith asks are you willing to accept responsibility for your part in whatever has gone wrong. Are you willing to make the changes required to strengthen your relationship with the Lord, or will you simply grumble that he has forsaken you and walk away from Him. For so many of us when faced with this choice we find it easier to just walk away from the Lord. Now do not misconstrue me the fact is that for the vast majority of us our faith comes with some semblance of doubt. We are after all human and by definition none of us are perfect and as such it is natural that our faith wavers at times, especially in times of tribulation. However for those whose faith in the Lord is strong and pure while it may initially waver eventually we realize that the Lord always walks with us because of He created us, we are His children, He forgives our sins and He loves us. We believe that He is always working to remove our troubles and provide us with a new and renewed spirit. We fall back on our faith not because we say we have it but because it is pure and true. Because we value the good times the Lord has provided for us and understand that the only way not to lose them is to praise Him each and every day, in good and bad times. It is when we are willing to let go and put our faith in the Lord will we see that there is nothing He will let us go without, that with Him all things are possible. It is only then that we can truly say we have faith and that it is pure and true.

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What Does it Mean to be American

What does it mean to be American. It means you are part of a diverse community that includes individuals of different races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religious beliefs and a host of other differences. That we embrace those differences so together we become greater than the sum of all us. That we educate ourselves on each other’s differences so we may be better understand our fellow Americans. That we rebuke those who believe in dividing us by stoking the prejudices and fears that innately resides in each of us so they can enhance their own power and wealth. That we reject the notion that preaching uniformity will make America great again, as if the continued diversification of this great land made us not great.  That we dismiss those who believe we should isolate ourselves from others instead of showing compassion for those who are suffering from other countries. That we do not simply quote the words All Men are Created Equal but that we actively live them. It is in the melding of each one of us into society as a whole and the embrace of that philosophy that makes us American.

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Who are we and what is our purpose?

I often find myself gazing up at the night sky awed by the magnitude of the universe. So many stars with numerous planets revolving around many of them. In such vastness is it possible that we are all alone. The odds alone would seem to say no, that somewhere out there are other intelligent life. But what if their isn’t what if Earth is special. Teeming with various species this wonderful blue ball we call home travels around the sun not to close and not to far just the right distance to sustain life as we know it. The moon is our constant companion as we journey through space unique in its size to that of Earth compared to other planet’s satellites. Acting as a defense to shield us from asteroids and comets that would have otherwise impacted Earth. As well as serving as a major player in the evolution of life on Earth. Could all these factors just have been luck.  Is life on Earth something that defied the odds and is unlikely to have happened anywhere else or is it all part of a master design.

Since science has taught us about the creation of the universe and the evolution of life here on Earth it has been at odds with the concept of creationism. But what if there is some truth to both? What if there is a higher force that started it all? What if the existence of the universe in all its wonder is developing the way science teaches us but is doing so as part of a higher force’s grand design  if that is so why are we unique, as far we know, in the vastness of space?  That question itself begs the answer to a another question. What are we here for, what are we meant to do, meant to be?

Since the beginning of mankind we have found ways to hate, subjugate, and kill each other based on whatever excuse is convenient at the time. We have evolved to the point that not only are we a danger to each other but to our most important living force, Mother Earth. Clearly this could not be our purpose. We must have a greater significance or our very existence is pointless. After all when all the prejudices that fuel our hate are wiped away we are all the same. We may look different, speak different languages, live on one side of a imaginary lines we have divided this planet into or the other but we are all human reliant on this beautiful blue ball that we seem to take for granted as we continue to abuse her.

I choose to believe that if we embraced each other, showed compassion to each other and stopped our abuse of the planet we would be able to connect as a whole, each individual with each other and subsequently with the Earth itself. The sheer thought of what that connection would unleash within us, what we could accomplish as a species is beyond description and maybe just maybe that is what we are meant to accomplish. Maybe the higher force gave us the ability to make our own decisions to see if we would embrace the concept of unity. To see if we could work together to uplift each other, to build a better society one in which all individuals would live without the fear of hunger, homelessness, poverty, terrorism and war. If that truly is our ultimate purpose we are a long way from realizing it. But we have taken baby steps in the right direction as the fictional Captain Kirk once uttered – We are a promising species and maybe in a thousand years or so we’ll be able to prove it. After all our existence is unique now we must prove we are worthy of that.

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