My Good Friend God
People seem to be very demanding of their god. First and foremost, he always has to be there for them. Otherwise, they seemly want to disown him.
Case in point are certain atheist friends of mine. In the beginning, they were mostly religious – at least their parents were. My friends became religious by default, something akin to getting cancer from second-hand smoke. However, a funny thing happened on the way to church. God wasn’t there for them and, therefore, he must not exist.
The other day, however, I had a believer tell me something quite similar. God had to be there for them at all times. Otherwise, they didn’t consider him to be God. It rather shocked my sensibilities at first. It had the feel of a New Age covenant of sorts: I will choose you for my God if you will always be there for me. To me, it seems rather presumptuous for man to tell God what the conditions of their relationship should be.
I suppose that some of this can be laid off on man’s understanding of God, as taught from the pulpit or as ordained by an infallible Pope. After all, God has been said to be omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, not to mention all loving and all good. So tell me, why does man feel that he can define the Absolute, and that he can actually read the mind of God? God simply…is. He needs no explanation, needs no one to defend him, to pray to him or to worship him. Those are finite attributes conjured up by man’s finite mind about an entity that is infinitely incomprehensible.
To add insult to injury, some question why anyone refers to him as God unless he acts exactly how they want him to act. It all seems pretty selfish to me. While I understand man’s psychological need to have God in his life, we should stop blaming God for everything and take some personal responsibility for our lives. Although unbeknownst to most people, we, ourselves, are the very change in the world that we have been waiting for. As God said in the movie Bruce Almighty, “Parting your soup is not a miracle, Bruce, it’s a magic trick. A single mom who’s working two jobs, and still finds time to take her kid to soccer practice, that’s a miracle. A teenager who says no to drugs and yes to an education, that’s a miracle. People want Me to do everything for them, but what they don’t realize is, they have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.”