How dare I speak for God and attribute foul language to him? Here’s how.

Maybe you’ve seen my little dialogues. The ones in which I attribute God for some distinctly sarcastic and sometimes even foulmouthed responses to prayers made by me or the Christian church. Maybe you thought, “The Cynic has no right! The Cynic has no respect for God! This is hate speech against the clergy and churchgoers! The Cynic is a blaspheming blasphemer unfit to meet Grandma!”

I do have a right and I do respect God, and I don’t at all hate the clergy or churchgoers as a group. God is the center of my existence, and I do in fact go to a very lovely church these days. Without God I’m nothing, and the church is a nice way to bask in the gifts of God. The fact of the matter is that my faith is so matter-of-fact that I don’t mind shaking the cage now and again to see if I can free a few winged thoughts that were theretofore imprisoned therein.

Christians often speak of a “personal relationship” with God, but what good is a personal relationship without a little fun here and there? Surely reverence is not the only permissible attitude one can have towards a personal God. Christ’s greatest commandment to his followers is to “love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Call me a crazy fundamentalist, but here I interpret “all your mind” to mean literally all your mind — even the parts that laugh.

When I write my silly dialogues with God, it should be apparent that I am merely using my God-given creativity to lend him a “human” voice, to supply an access point to knowing him, to explore the many aspects of “personal” that such a relationship can take on, and to demonstrate that there is nothing to fear in talking with God. In my imagined renderings, sometimes he’s irascible, sometimes he’s bored, sometimes he’s tender. But I always present him — as the astute reader will note — as steady, present, loving, and, in the final analysis, patient.

If you feel a compulsion to deem my humorous religious writings blasphemous, I would just ask you to consider the deeper, more important principles at play here. I highly doubt God gets “offended” the way so many of his well meaning champions do.

That said, my aim is not to offend, but to present different ways of thinking about God. Where readers take it from there is their business, not mine. Think what thou wilt, but I would just suggest that you exercise grace towards anyone who does not share precisely the same boundaries you feel are necessary for maintaining your own relationship with God.

Do we have a deal? Are we cool? Is it safe to smile now?

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8 thoughts on “How dare I speak for God and attribute foul language to him? Here’s how.

  1. Exactly. Enough said. :)

    I like that you give God a “voice”. And in reading these different dialogues, you’ve made God approachable. That’s important! For too long, we’ve made God this distant, starched diety instead of allowing Him to have a personality. After all, we are made in His image. Right?

    That includes humor and sarcasm, in my opinion. I think you presented this well and for the record I’m smiling BIG.

      • It felt like Christmas, waking up to two posts by you and then all of the replies to my comments. Another, silly smile on my face.

        Can you tell “words” is a predominant love language of mine? Especially because thoughtful words (such as yours) take time and I understand how valuable time is. Thank you, Will.

  2. Nice post. God doesn’t need a reason to exist. He just is. He also doesn’t need anyone to worship and adore Him. A church and a religion were never required to understand God… and never intended either.

    • Thanks for the comment, John! In response, I’ll just paraphrase a simile I heard somewhere: People who “defend” God are like three-toed sloths “defending” a lion against the onslaught of a shrub. (That’s extremely paraphrased; the lion is the only animal I remember from the original simile.)

      • Regardless of which animals you insert, it’s hilarious. If God had a sense of humor, he’d be having a laughing fit in heaven – which reminds me of a story. A man dies and goes to heaven, at least so he thinks. A figure all in white gives him a tour of the place. They enter a room where a lot of people are busy doing various things. The guy spots a gorgeous young lady sitting on the lap of an old geezer, entertaining him. So he goes over to hit on the girl and his pick-up line is: Tell me, is this heaven? The girl responds by saying, “It’s heaven for him, but it sure is hell for me.”

        • Oh SNAP! That’s good. Okay, another. One I heard from some sermon I found online from Calvary Church in Florida. Not sure it’s relevant, but it’s a spiritual joke-story, so why not.

          Some materialists approach God and say, “We no longer need you. We’ve figured out how to create life.”

          “Oh?” God says.

          “Yes. We’ve mapped the human genome, we can resurrect extinct species, and in short, we have the power to create life. Your services are no longer required.”

          So God says, “Really? Okay, show me. Create a life. Right now, in front of me.”

          “Sure.” So the materialists start gathering up some dirt to make a life.

          “Whoa there,” God says. “Not so fast. You go get your OWN dirt.”

          (Edit: I removed the bit I added about the particle accelerators because it ruins the joke.)

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