Just last week I watched a short video clip. It was an interview with writer, actor and all-round funny guy, Stephen Fry. He was being interviewed by an Irish TV presenter named Gay Byrne. He was asked what he would say to God if he died and had to confront him. I am not sure if I was surprised or shocked by what he had to say. Everybody has the right to their opinion and nobody has the right to deny anybody the right to an opinion. So, Stephen Fry has his opinion and I have mine. That’s fine. However, I certainly don’t agree with his opinion.
In his imaginary conversation with God, Fry says he would tell him: “How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right. It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?”
Now, I can certainly understand what Stephen meant. I don’t have to agree with him to understand him. We live in a world of such uncertainties, a world where all of us are only seconds from death at any given time. We grow up eating while others are starving; go to school while others are denied the right to an education. We begin our working lives while others will never see work, start our own families while others suffer alone.
Countless diseases hover at our door, lurking around the very next corner, waiting for the perfect opportunity to pounce. We know that life is fragile and that death awaits us all. It’s only a matter of time.
But for me that’s part of life here on this planet, the flip side of the coin. That’s the way it is and that’s the way we made it. God didn’t necessarily make it this way. Maybe we did. I have always believed in God. Maybe not like you. I don’t think of God as being an old man with a white beard, sitting on a fluffy cloud. I don’t see God as man, woman or an animal. You might not agree with what I’m saying. You don’t have to. God, for me is what I see around me. God is the sky, the sea, the trees, the flowers, the animals… God is humanity.
Call me crazy if you will, but consider this. Is it not possible that everything we need, that every cure for every disease is out there waiting for us to discover it? Is it not possible that God hasn’t lost sight of us, rather that we have lost sight of God? We already know there’s enough food on this planet to feed everybody if only we were not throwing mountains of food away.
Or consider this. Is it not possible that the world we live in is the bus stop of humanity; that we are here to prove ourselves worthy of God? Is it not possible that God put us here to see if we can solve problems, not to complain because we have problems? Personally I believe we are all here for a reason, that there are no coincidences, no flukes and no mistakes. People are being murdered by people who murder people and people are going hungry because other people are too selfish to share the wealth. I don’t believe in diseases, I believe in cures. I believe the cure for every ailment is out there just waiting for us to discover it. God isn’t punishing us. He is testing us.
How about this for an idea. Let’s suppose my son’s grandson saves a drowning boy and that boy grows up and finds a cure for cancer. Had I never been born that man would have drowned as a child and a cure for cancer would never be found. Hmm, looks like I just might have an idea for my next book- hahaha
So, Stephen Fry has his opinion, you have yours and I have mine and that’s good enough for me. But for all you disbelievers out there, just take a look around yourselves and see the world for what it is. Don’t see problems as holes in the road of your life. See them as interesting puzzles to solve.
A hundred different diseases may strike you down, but don’t blame that on God. Blame it on previous generations of humans who have taken the money that could have gone into finding cures, but instead, have wasted it on weapons of mass destruction. You maybe see humans hurting humans, others going hungry. You can’t blame that on God either. You can blame that on the richest one percent of people who own almost half of global wealth. How is that God’s fault?
We create our own destinies. I believe God put us here to figure that one out for ourselves.
Have a great day!
Gavin (Amazon author link)