God Was Bored
As I write this, you are nine years old. As we drove into town
on a recent Saturday for your weekly German School session, we
had another of our very interesting conversations. I am always asking
“why?” about everything in the world around me. Ever since I was a young
lad myself, I always pondered the state of our universe and our place in
it. Naturally, I posed that most important of all questions to you: “What
is the meaning of life?”
Your answers and thought processes astound me. I don’t know why
I am often surprised, but some of the insights you have are very interesting.
When you answer weighty questions posed by your Daddy, you generally
ask a question or two of your own first. This occasion was no different.
“God is all powerful, right Dad?” you asked.
“Yes, son,” I answered, “if you believe that there is a God, he
is generally believed to be all powerful.” I went on to explain to you
the terms Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent while you listened and
absorbed. I do carry on a bit sometimes, when trying to explain something
in sufficient detail to understand completely, but you listened patiently
until I finished.
“God was bored.” you said.
“You mean that God created us and the Earth and everything that
exists in the universe because he was bored?” I asked.
“Yes,” you replied, “for Him we are like wide-screen television,
because he can see everything in the universe all at once. With us and the
animals and everything else in the universe, God has something to watch
to keep from getting bored.”
Well. That made me think. I was raised in a very religious Pentecostal
family and I thought I had heard everything. Preachers of every description
had expounded, sometimes at great length, about why we are here, how we
got here, and what is expected of us while we grace the earth. Additionally,
I have read extensively and intensively works by various philosophers in
search of some existential explanations which made sense to me. Let’s leave
aside for the moment the issue of whether there is, in fact, a God who
created us and rules us and accept your implicit belief that He exists.
We’ll save further discussion on that topic for another time. But if there
really is a God, did he create us simply because He was lonely for some
interaction with his creations?
Out of the mouths of babes and children...
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