No, God Is Never Overwhelmed

FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATE:

Just to give you some perspective, when I penned this down in mid-2014, it was titled “Is God Overwhelmed?”

I’ve had time to think about it since then. It has been quite a turnaround, I must say. Now, I declare, “No, God can never be overwhelmed.”

I will leave the original writing for now. But will most probably, bring it to par with the reality of my current conscience, when possible.

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“God is overwhelmed, I think”, this keeps popping up in my head nowadays.

I heard a religious scholar say on TED that doubt is the cornerstone of faith. It is doubt that makes you investigate the inconsistencies of life.

In the last year or so, I have experienced the demotivating side of life quite a bit. When I was younger, someone once told me about God; That the Jews’ belief system is based on the fear of God, the Christians’ on the love of God, and the Muslims’ on both fear and love of God.  Not sure how accurate this theory is, but I guess it has impacted my belief system as well.  No matter how appreciative I feel for what God has done for me, in some corner of my system, the fear of what God can do or is doing, keeps me guessing.  My religion tells me that I should not question God, but the “Doubter” in me keeps me wondering about exactly how much “control” does He really have over the world.

We’re constantly told the following;

  1. He has absolute power over everything and that not a single leaf on a tree can move without His consent.
  2. That whatever happens, happens for a reason.
  3. God, in His infinite wisdom, knows what’s good for us, and that whatever happens, no matter how excruciating it is for us, happens for our good.  We may not understand this, as we’re incapable of understanding the true repercussions of an act.  But God has the luxury of a larger frame of reference. Meaning that He sees each individual’s life from the begging to end, like a decision tree in management theory. He knows that the repercussions of a decision made at a point in time, will end up in what form, for that individual.
  4. God loves us 70 times more than the love of a mother for her child.

Certain thoughts come to my mind;

1)      Does God love drama?

Why all this hassle?  I mean, if God loves us so much, and if He has absolute power over all things, then why not just make it easy for everybody. Everybody gets an easy life, no hassles. Why go through all that trouble of causing so much misery in the world?

No one has any ill will towards their fellow humans. Everybody is honest, compassionate and accepting. There is no killing, no evil, no hurt.

2)      Why does God get so worked up about the shaitan?

So, shaitan decided that he was superior to man and openly challenged God, refusing to bow to man. If God has absolute power and He has created even the shaitan, then why take this crap from him!  Why couldn’t He just let it go? Make shaitan disappear.

But He gets so riled up about shaitan’s challenge, that He accepts it.  ‘You go ahead and work to destroy all my plans, bringing misery to the world. I will play this game with you and let us see who wins.’

3)      Has God been overwhelmed? Has He bitten more than He can chew?

Maybe he didn’t realise what He was getting into. Maybe He thought that shaitan would be a run-over.

So far, around 7 billion people on this planet alone, and countless species of other beings. Everybody has a few prayers, some tweaking they want in their lives. After all, He gave them these desires, these aspirations.

Sooner or later, things were going to get a little boring.

And why does God bother with the tiniest little things to begin with? Shouldn’t He be more concerned about “the Big Picture”?  Let these humans get the same standard or level of economic, social and familial benefits, and just don’t give them the skill or will to make a mess.

I just saw this on a friend’s Facebook timeline, “Sometimes I want to ask God why he allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world when He could do something about it. But I’m afraid He will ask me the same question.”

This brings me to another question.

4)      I never asked to be responsible for the world. Nobody gave me a choice.

If God created all of this, and nothing happens in this world without his “consent”, then He is responsible for whatever happens to it. Why am I being asked to make things right?

More importantly, why will I be “judged” on how I do in this world, if nothing moves without God’s consent? I may be a good man, and try to do right by everything and everyone, but who’s to say someone else’s actions will not thwart the peaceful existence of this world.

5)      Is God vengeful?

It seems to me that all (or whatever I’ve been exposed to at least) religious thought is based on the concept of a vengeful God.  Just the fact that I am writing God with an upper case G, says a lot about this.

If you don’t pray 5 times a day, you’re sure to be on the losing side on the so-called “Day of Judgement”.

If you don’t confess to a priest for your sins, you will not be forgiven.

A God that loved a human being 70 times more than the love of a mother, would go and punish the person so drastically? I mean, how many mothers do we know who can punish their kids, let alone a being with 70 times that motherly love?

6)      Is this all an elaborate game?

What if there are no consequences at the end (or afterlife)? What if all this good and evil stuff is a big program to check rampant destruction of the human race at its own hands. What if God doesn’t want us to be restricted by control mechanisms at all?  In any case, again, why does God allow it?

Saw this on the internet.

Eskimo: ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’

Priest: ‘No, not if you did not know.’

Eskimo: ‘Then why did you tell me?’

I will stop here for now. To be continued.

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