A different kind of God

"Isn't it atrocious? The world falling apart, morning newspaper filled with the news of crumbling lives and people with power dancing over others, plainly justifying their actions. I suppose, for some, God has stopped listening.

Where do you think our prayers are going?" she asked while looking out of the window.

"Probably where we always wanted them to reach, to the back of our own heads" he muttered flipping over the pages of the local daily which was slightly moistened due to the sprinkles from the continuous rain that was pouring outside that morning.

"The idea of a God always irritates you, I know that" she gabbled immediately.

"No, on the contrary, the idea of a God amuses me" he said while taking a break from the newspaper, "the world would have been an illusionary place if people were less imaginative, you see, people need to get out of the routine; God demands attention and suffering inflicts imagination".

"But, amidst this suffering, don't you think people have a right to put their faith on to someone!" she said in a tone which doesn't seem to be put as a question.

"Well, we don't believe in the kind of God who has to attend our sufferings as an answer to our diligent faith, had it been the case there wouldn't be any need of the doctors for that matter" he paused, "or even priests, for whatever their need is in any matter" he scoffed.

"So, what kind of God do we believe in?" she immediately asked seeming a bit intrigued.

A bit amused by her question, he paused and then continued "The one that satisfies rather than justifies the comfort for our own doings. We believe in the kind of God who can listen but can't speak, one who can be questioned but doesn't provide an answer. Faith is subjective to the question we pose and belief is something that emerges from the suffering. Would there be any need of the God if there was no suffering in this world?"

"Maybe we believe in the kind of God who treats faith and suffering differently. There are as many sufferers as there are faithful in this world" he said in a deep voice without hesitating.

"Maybe, yes, faith is subjective to the questions one pose" she said while looking out the window as the rain continues to fall heavily.

"Maybe, God is subjective to the answers one wants" he said immediately.

"Would you like some tea? I am making some for myself" she said as she excused herself from the deep thought.

"Oh, thank God, yes!" he said, "I thought you would never ask" as he again carefully flipped the pages of the newspaper.

 

 

inspired by the work of Albert Camus

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. kimelenecarr says:

    Very interesting… I think it brings to light the varying sentiments of persons when it comes to their perception of God. There are those who truly believe that the presence of suffering alludes to a God who does not listen and that prayer might simply be an emotional crutch… then there are others who believe in having faith and seeing results… that it really is the ‘evident demonstration of realites though not seen’. Whilst these are highly debatable topics… you have in your post presented them in a neutral way so that readers from various walks of life can easily relate to it… and I love the way you ended it… at the end of the day, no matter our perception of God, we all at some point cry out “Thank God!” … I found a bit of humour in that 🙂 … comme toujours… je l’aime 🙂

    1. Deepak Rawat says:

      Thanks for the wonderful comment. Yes, I agree with what you said. It all depends on the individuals and their beliefs. People draw motivation from their beliefs and this is what I found interesting about keeping a faith, either to God or to someone they love. It is the human nature to find a purpose and to constantly work in order to keep themselves afloat in this journey.

      Thank you again for the comment Kimelene. It always motivates me to open up my mind 🙂

  2. A very interesting and thought provoking post.
    This topic has always had opposing views and, will always have too. But I guess it all depends on an individual.

    1. Deepak Rawat says:

      Thanks for visiting Moushmi, I am glad that you find my work interesting.
      Yes, the topic is debatable, I agree. Though what I like about writing is that one can always draw motivation from something which one doesn’t even agree with, I do that.
      Yes, it depends on the individual and their beliefs. I too have my disbeliefs but it is always interesting to know what others think about the same subject. This is what helps to expand one’s horizon.
      Keep visiting:)

  3. Sonia says:

    A deep thought indeed..we imagine God and expect things from Him according to our convinience and our wants..For our imperfections,our inabilities and our unacomplished or failed tasks, we have an easy escape of blaming it to God’s will..therez a famous quote by someone (I don’t remember the author)
    “कौन करता था तेरी बंदगी, मेरी बंदगी से पहले”
    “Who was there to worship You my Lord, before I came into being”

    1. Deepak Rawat says:

      Thanks 🙂
      That’s a beautiful quote indeed and can sum up the topic.

  4. I liked this post. I think you (would) like the Brothers Karamazov. There one can read a lot about people doubting the existence of any god as life at this planet seems to be a struggle. Have you read it?

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