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A Conversation with someone whose name is not BobA Conversation with someone whose name is not Bob

2006-01-18 - 9:25 p.m.
God has been geting a bit of a bad rap lately. The Almighty has been fingered as the cause of Hurricane Katrina, Ariel Sharon's stroke and 9/11.
New Orleans Mayor Nagin said earlier this week "As we think about rebuilding New Orleans, surely God is mad at America..he's sending hurricane after hurricane after hurricane. . . Surely he's not approving of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America, also."
Pat Robertson claimed that God gave Airel Sharon a stroke for his policies of trying to bring peace to the middle east by giving the Palestinians some of their land back.
And you may remember Rev. Jerry Falwell claiming that God cause 9/11 because of "the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians"
So is God responsible for all this? I decided to find out. What follows is a Conversation (a la Neale Donald Walsch)with our Creator done using automatic writing. That's where you write something, wait, then...write something else...

Cat: Hello, God?
Bob: Call me Bob
Cat: Ok. Well let's get right to it. Are you the divine creator of all things?
Bob: Yes.
Cat: Did you order the Hurricane's as retribution for something?
Bob: Not exactly.
Cat: Can you elaborate?
Bob: Yes, I can!
Cat: Then would you, please?
Bob: Certainly. I created the Universe in a blinding flash, and the laws that govern it followed immediately after that. Beyond that, I've been pretty much hands off. But one of the laws of the Universe was partially identified by Isaac Netwon, which is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The devastation caused along the coast of America is a result of this law. The law is one of the Universal laws. I created the Universe. So in a sense I created the Hurricane. But then, so did you.
Cat: Me?
Bob: You, Humanity. You are affecting this planet Earth in ways that you barely begin to understand.
Cat: So it is our fault? Is it because of the war in Iraq, then? Is Mayor Nagin right?
Bob: The Hurricane did not occur because you are having a war in Iraq. The Hurricane occurred because at this time in Earth's history, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms are forming in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa and moving West to North and Central America.
Cat: And that is our fault?
Bob: 'Fault' - such an interesting word. It implies you have done something wrong. Or more frequently it is used to say that someone else has done something wrong. It is your world. You decide what is right and wrong. Then, if you don't do the things that you decide are wrong, you will be amazed at how much better things get.
Cat: Ok, well what about 9/11. Did that have anything to do with (and I'm quoting here) "the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians".
Cat: Hello?
Bob: .. Is there someone else I can talk to?
Cat: Funny. Really that's what Rev. Falwell stated.
Bob: What do you think?
Cat: I think 9/11 had little to do with God and a lot to do with Man's inhumanity to Man.
Bob: I like your answer better, but it is still not quite right.
Cat: What is right?
Bob: You decide what is right and wrong. But I think if instead you were to say that 9/11 had a lot to do with Man's apathy towards his fellow Man, you might be closer to identifying the root of the problem.
Cat: We don't care enough about each other?
Bob: Depends what you want to be. If you want to feel part of a good, noble and loving species, then caring more about one another would be a good start. Love is all you need.
Cat: Really?
Bob: I'll go one better. In the end, Love is all there is.
Cat: How can that be?
Bob: Because Love is the Divine in its purest essence. If you believe in me, you can find me through love. If, of course, that is what you want to do.
Cat: Well, thank you for your time, I mean Bob. Why Bob, by the way?
Bob: You chose it, so why did you do that?
Cat: So I could title this Conversations with Bob.
Bob: Well it's really only one Conversation isn't it.
Cat: Yes.
Bob: And my name isn't really Bob is it.
Cat: No.
Bob: So a better title would be 'A conversation with someone whose name is not Bob', wouldn't it.
Cat: Doesn't scan very well.
Bob: You'll get over it.
Cat: Any last words? I think you should have the last thing to say.
Bob: Love one another. You will find things are so much simpler.

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