Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Oh Dear God

I don't know about you, but I don't consider myself a religious person, but I am on a spiritual path. I don't know if there is a God as we are taught, but I do think there is something, some kind of energy out there, helping us along the way. It might just be luck, coincidence or whatever else, but at times, I do think there is something bigger than little ol' me out there. Anyway, this post is not meant as an invitation to discuss our beliefs, but more as an observation.

Ever noticed that the only time we truly address God is when we are in serious shit? How often do we pray, just like that, because we feel like having a chat with God? Really? We pray when we need him or a miracle, when we’re in deep shit, than we ask for God’s help, forgiveness, you name it.

We get hurt, what do we say? “Oh God”. We are surprised? “Oh My God!” We’re hoping for something big? “Oh God Please!” And let’s not even mention the time we scream his name in pleasure! Hee.

Many of us will start praying when faced with a decision or a situation that is too big for their little souls. We’ve been told we have cancer; let’s pray! We’ve been told someone is sick; let’s pray!

What about the good times? What and who do we pray to or give thanks to? Why is it that we only refer to God in times of trials? Isn’t he supposed to be around us all the time, and not just in times of needs? Is this, once again, one more facet of our hypocrisy?

It’s sad isn’t it, to think that some of us only pray when we want something? This is so much like the kids - parents’ deal. Kids don’t want to hear, see nor talk to their parents until they are in trouble or in some kind of shit hole… and like most parents, God will come and help…and most importantly will forgive. Now that’s pretty amazing when you think of it. If you believe, of course.

Ever wonder why God lets us suffer? Or why he takes something from our grasp? It is said that it’s not to punish us, but merely to open our hands to receive something better. You must have heard before: “The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you”. I was told that we suffer in order to get close to God and to welcome him/her/it in our lives…

He must feel very welcomed here, I tell you


UPDATE: This line of thinking was prompted by something I’ve read on a blog. When I first started blogging I had landed on a blog that was also just starting. This woman, in her forties, was thinking of having an affair. I would leave comments and rattle her cage at times, because some of the things she would write would upset me; not because I had issues with what she was about to do, but because of how she would “present” it. I thought it was too lenient of her to think God would forgive her, because after all, he’s all good and such… I hope it does answer your question oh dear Monkey. ;-)

9 comments:

Monkey said...

What prompted this line of thinking?

lizgwiz said...

I believe in "God," though not in the sense of an old man with a white beard sitting on a throne. But I do believe there's some sort of driving force in the universe.

One of my favorite lines from a play I did (where I played an evil nun) was in response to the question "Does God answer prayers?" She says: "Yes. But what some people don't realize is that sometimes God's answer is no." Hee.

Mousse said...

7 years ago I was fatally ill and experienced near death. Oddly enough, prior to my illness I prayed EVERYDAY. My lifestyle was completely different from what it is today (I know you can attest to this fact) and yet I felt compelled to pray everyday. Guilty from a "wild" lifestyle ? Perhaps, but when I awoke after a 10 day coma, and slowly recovered - I simply stopped praying. Not for spite, anger or disbelief - I just did. Maybe my situation was a huge spiritual stepping stone for me ? My life certainly did turn around from the day I was discharged after a few months in the hospital. I still believe in God, and you hit the nail on the head that we tend to pray when confronted with a crisis in our lives - but I feel no different because I don't pray everyday anymore. Nowadays, I believe more in karma and how our actions towards others can come back and haunt us with extreme repercussions....

PinkPiddyPaws said...

I'm not religious at all..but I still use "God or Oh God or Dear Lord" all the time. What's that mean?????

Traceytreasure said...

I'm an Atheist but I was brought up in a religious home for the first 7 years of my life. It messed me up big time but I've healed all of those old wounds.

I came by to give you an award. Please pick up the Honest Scrap Award when you get a chance!

I love your honesty!!

Hugs!!

Stinkypaw said...

Monkey: I've "updated" my post to answer your question...

lizgwiz: I love it! So true, why do people assume He would always answer yes - love it! Thanks.

Mousse: I agree, treat others the way you'd want to be treated, that would make such a difference for many people.

PPPaws: Don't know what it means... My husband (who doesn't believe in much) never used those "God, Holly, Lord, etc." expressions, weird hein?

TraceyT: Well thank you! That's one thing I know for sure about myself, I'm honest, too much at times... Hee.

Hilly said...

I say "Oh Dear Lord" a lot!

I'm also a pretty spiritual person who does believe in the traditional God and Jesus, yet refuses to participate in organized religion,

It occurs to me that there are many things wrong with me. :)

Trueself said...

I thought it was too lenient of her to think God would forgive her, because after all, he’s all good and such…

Ah, but that is the real message of Christianity, is it not? The ultimate forgiveness of God for all our sins through Christ.

I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but it is the Christian Good News!

Stinkypaw said...

Hilly: Welcome to my world, hope you'll come back. I don't see it as wrong, that's who you are.

Trueself: I guess it is if you choose to see it that way, but I also think a lot of us use that as a way out, to not be responsible for our own actions, because we know we'll be forgiven doesn't mean we should do wrong on purpose. ... I'm just saying...