Thy will be done

by david on June 13, 2010

Just to clearly demonstrate my status as loser I have, however reluctantly, succumbed to the urge to write down a few brief thoughts on the subject of religion. My purpose is not to belittle or denigrate, but rather to ask for help in understanding the logic of the religious. I recognize this is a bit disingenuous since beliefs are by their very nature without logic or they would not qualify as beliefs. Never the less, I am most curious as to how my fellow believers respond to the following. Yes I am a believer, just not in religion.

Yesterday I witnessed on TV a true miracle. A Red Sox rookie on his first major league pitch hit a grand slam, a feat more miraculous than bringing the dead back to life when you consider the state of modern medicine. When interviewed he gave all the credit to god. Perhaps he was correct. My question is why god thought so highly of him when she could have given that moment of fame to any of the thousands who have experienced a first major league at bat?

Batters point to the heavens when they hit a home run, but slam their bats to the ground and curse themselves when they strike out, taking full responsibility for their ineptitude. Why don’t they just say ho hum, god’s will and walk back to the dugout smiling and laughing at the joy of having god so directly involved in their life?

It is the same in every sport. Winners thank god, but don’t really mean it. They know in their heart of hearts it was their hard work and perseverance that brought them success. If it was just god’s work why would they have practiced so often and trained so hard? Those who support the winners equally rejoice in knowing god is on their team’s side, but they also harbor great admiration for the hard work and dedication displayed by their team members.

Us losers, on the other hand, blame ourselves for our failures and we mean it. Our detractors whole heartedly agree failure was our choice and with just a little more effort on our part god would have smiled on us and we too would have been winners. Although this would mean an unlimited number of ties, which bring little joy to either side.

On a more serious note, those who survive natural disasters that take the lives of many credit their particular god with a miracle. I have no quarrel with their joy, but it seems like a pretty one sided miracle. What amazes me more is I have yet to hear a relative of a non survivor blaming god for their loss. Why not? Is god not equally in charge of that decision? Even when thousands lose their lives, those who survive are quite willing to believe not only were they uniquely worthy of saving, but god had an utter disregard or worse disdain for those who died. Oh, I know, god works in mysterious ways, but it doesn’t seem all that mysterious if your dead.

Everything seems to depend on god’s personal interest in us. Which brings me to the question, why lament god’s will at all. If you are a winner, take joy in your blessed state, stuff your ego away and give god the credit. If you are a loser, just say what the heck and stoically accept your fate as just that, the inevitability of god’s will. Keep in mind your omniscient god knew your entire life as a loser before you were even born and still made you live it. If god wanted you to be a winner she would have at the very least given you the faith in yourself that would have allowed you to make such a transition.

If you are religious it would seem you would in each and every circumstance of success not take credit for god’s gifts, smile gratefully and humbly point to the heavens. When failure is your outcome it would seem only fair to simply slam your bat down, say what the fuck and accept if god wanted you to succeed you most certainly would have.

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