"Answer me, God"
St James Presbyterian Church in Littleton, CO wondered, “If you could ask God one question, what would it be?” — an exercise that drew hundreds of responses, most of them (sadly) quite predictable.
Notes the Rocky Mountain News, “the 10 most-asked questions will be sermon grist for the next 10 Sundays.”
- What’s my life all about?
- Why are some people healed and others not?
- Will you really forgive me?
- Why do you allow disasters, violence, tragedies, and war?
- What’s your plan for the world?
- Do you love me? And, if so, why?
- Why are there so many religions in the world?
- What’s your will for my life?
- Why is there suffering, and why does it have to happen to children?
- What happens after we die?
Not the questions I would have asked — I probably would have gone with something like, “tell the truth, when you invented silicone, you were thinking about breast implants, weren’t you?”, or maybe “Is it true that if you didn’t exist, I’d be forced to invent you rather than, say, a lifelike replica of Elle McPherson for my study?” — but then, I’m a bit edgy that way, and besides, me and the Big [Gender Neutral Diety] have that kind of friendly rapport.
Still, the St James experiment got me thinking: as a way to gauge pw readership, I’d be interested to know the one question you all would ask God (accepting, for the sake of argument, that there is in fact a God, and that he’d stop whatever kind of truly interesting cosmic shit he was into to answer a bunch of silly questions from lowly pukes like us, who insist on befouling his creation with all our carbon emissions and such).
So have at it! Unless you find this whole thing rather sacrilegious — in which case, take a swig of holy water to inoculate yourself against certain damnation, and then just stick around for the results.