God and the Blogosphere

There are innumerable discussions across the blogosphere that cover the Christian god’s temperament, powers, ability to create, will, morality … and on and on.

But why?

I have yet to discover why people continue to discuss the attributes of an entity that has no body, no voice, apparently exists somewhere in nether-nether land and, most importantly, is only mentioned within the pages of a centuries old book.

Yet pages and pages and pages (ad nauseam) of blog posts are devoted to prayers, scripture, discussion, debate, personal testimonies … along with incessant prodding (and often threats) on why “everyone” should believe in this being (and more importantly, his created “son”).

It is puzzling indeed … especially when one considers the ONLY evidence that such an entity exists is in the minds of those who choose to believe it does.

But let us say for a moment this being truly exists … truly “created” this world and its inhabitants … truly loves its creations … truly has prepared a glorious afterlife for them.  The question then becomes why-oh-why does it remain hidden? Why does it allow so much dissension and disagreement about its existence to continue?

Does it enjoy the entertainment as it watches us quibble and fuss and argue from its ethereal “home”? Perhaps it considers our squabbling as fun and games … a way to pass the endlessness of eternity?

Or perhaps … just perhaps … there is no such entity at all.

Heaven and Hell: What Can We Expect?

I just read a post about heaven and couldn’t resist sharing a portion of it.

What is Heaven like?  Asking this question to roomful of Christians will most likely get a different answer from each one.  The one question that will really baffle them is this:  What form will you take in Heaven?  By asking that I ask will you be a child? Will you be reborn? Or will you enter your new life as you left your old one? Say you get decapitated in a 24 car pileup with a door handle in your stomach.  Will you arrive in Heaven with your head in your hand?  Perhaps Heaven has kiosks akin to what we see at Sheetz, with St. Peter handing out those tickets you get a deli.  And on these kiosks maybe you can choose what you’d want to look like.  Could you imagine that with our materialistic society?  You’d have every guy walking around as either Brad Pitt or Idris Elba with no penis being under 10 inches.

The writer also speculates about “Hell” in the same post and asks, is it really that bad?  🙂

His Perfect Timing and Plan

Recently my (Christian) granddaughter posted a plea on Facebook for her friends to “pray for her” as she wants to have another baby.

My granddaughter has Type 1 diabetes.

During her teenage years, she didn’t eat right and had a laissez-faire attitude about her condition (typical among many diabetic teenagers). Fortunately, when she reached adulthood, she became more serious about her health and started taking better care of herself. However, her neglect during her early years has resulted in her experiencing some of the symptoms of the disease.  Nothing too serious, but as is common to diabetes things will, unfortunately, worsen over the years.

When she became pregnant the first time (which, from what I understand, did not come easily), many in the family were concerned as complications are not unusual. As it turns out, she took care of herself and was able to deliver a healthy little girl.

Now she feels she is ready for a second child.

I’m unaware of the circumstances related to the struggles they had in her becoming pregnant the first time, but apparently they are again present … which is why she posted her plea on Facebook.

Naturally, her many friends rallied around her with the usual platitudes related to prayer. (“Praying for you; Keeping you in my prayers; Keep the faith, there’s power in prayer; Time to get back on my knees”). Non-believer grandma, however, posts this:

Have you considered the thought that perhaps it isn’t in Gods plan for you to have another child? Perhaps there’s a reason things are so difficult.

I was pleased when one of her friends wrote: “Everything is in His perfect timing and plan” as it seems to me this should be the mindset of every believer. If God truly loves and cares for his subjects as much as they want to believe, then why not simply leave things in “his” hands? Why must one petition God again and again and again … and recruit others in the faith to do the same?

Of course I know the answer. But I still have to ask the question.