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Our Father Who Art in
Our Father way up in Heaven, what is Your name ? I don't
wish to use Your name in vain; they say it's a sin to do so. But using it
today is not being done with otiose intent, because frankly there are questions
I need to ask You. It is a mouthful but You are by definition Omniscient,
Omnipotent, Omnipresent, infinite in Reason, and all Good. Your
intelligence spans creation, everything fits so perfectly, maybe too
'perfectly;' from the birds in flight to the Laws underlying nature--You govern
the heavenly bodies, and all which is subsumed within them.
97% of Americans believe in You, in Your existence, every coin
and Treasury note reminds us of that fact and so does every poll conducted with
the aim of defining religious beliefs in America. So as I look up to the
heavens after listening to yet another invariant of the evening news, I am once
again asking myself, and in turn You, the following questions:
Why do we have wars ?
Why are we surrounded by violence ?
Why is there so much hatred ?
Why is mankind enveloped by fear ?
Why do human beings treat one another with such little regard
for each other's humanity ?
Why do children suffer needlessly ?
Why do the innocent continually suffer the slings and arrows
into seeming perpetuity ?
Why can't we rid ourselves of famine, poverty, and
Why do so many of Your creatures suffer for neither rhyme nor
Why is the world of 'man' imbued with so much injustice
Why, amid so much poverty, is there so much wealth hoarded by
so few ?
Why, indeed, is there so much evil in our world ?
Our Father who art in Heaven, why have You created all
these negations to Goodness ?
Some among us, who embrace the concept of God, say the answer to
all the questions lies in fate. Have Faith, because the answer is Fate !
Much like Voltaire's novel Candide, everything in the physical
world and in the world of man, is said to happen for the best of reasons, and it
is all explained by fate. It's God's design you see, it's 'intelligent
design' and within these few words everything is possible and becomes
acceptable; war, injustice, torture... By so doing, 'man' shirks his
responsibility for his deeds--it's fate you see, part of God's plan. The
pain, the atrocities, its all fate, all in God's plan--even Pat
Robertson's call for the assassination of a foreign President.
Our Father, who art in Heaven, are You in fact up there at all
? Or are You just a musing, a fanciful creation of 'man' instead ?
Yes, of course, you are probably not there at all, even as so many of us spend
so much time trembling before Your 'power.' So many wasted prayers, so
much wasted time ! So much supplication, for what ? What ? Blasphemy, you say
dear reader ? Heresy ? Maybe the other 3% of my fellow Americans are right
after all, and God has never been 'up there.' Maybe, just maybe
He doesn't exist, never did and never will. What kind of God creates so
much pain in the world ? Where is the goodness in that ? No amount
of Reason can justify the purpose of so much evil in this world. Its very
existence negates, at least for me, all preconceptions of God. It reduces
the conception of the 'all powerful' to not so powerful after all.
As I look up to the heavens, I see the light of cold orbs,
spatial gases and particles of dust, and the concept of an 'Our Father'
vanishes, as I think of the billions across our planet tonight, who huddle
together in pain, in fear, for want of nourishment; among them the
thousands who shall perish in the coming minutes and hours from pestilence
or from Bush's bombs, bullets and napalm in a war on terror, itself a misnomer
for a war waged for terror's sake.
Our Father who art NOT in heaven, tell us why there is so much
needless pain and suffering, waged at the hands of a God fearing people
by Leonard Manfred
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