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In Theory: Does God answer simple questions?

July 26, 2013

A post has been making the rounds recently on social media sites such as Facebook in which a man asks God a series of questions and God answers.

The man starts off by asking, "Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?" He goes on to list several grievances that may seem trivial — his car not starting, his sandwich being made wrongly and his phone going dead. God answers each question with an explanation of why these things happened. For example, he tells the man that he prevented his car from starting because if it had, the man would have been hit by a drunk driver. The phone died because the person calling would have given false witness and God didn't want the man to hear it. The post has received more than 700,000 "likes" and hundreds of comments. While the majority of those who have commented agree with the post and its sentiments, with one saying, "God's answers are designed to show his care and protection of his followers," there are many that criticize it, saying the questions are "trite" and "self-centered." One who commented says that he'd have asked God how the Holocaust could have happened.

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Q: What's your take on this? Are the questions valid things to ask God, or are the people who called them "trite" and "self-centered" correct?

My answer to this question is "yes," and "yes." Because we are God's created, we have the right to ask our loving parent, Mother, Father, Spirit God anything. How else will we learn if we don't pose questions, especially new questions to concepts for which our parents and formative cultures taught us we already had answers? However, God's answers come from doing more than waiting for the thunder to roll, the rabbit's foot to twitch, the lotto numbers to match our ticket, or counting rainbows. Answers to the questions we ask God come from being willing to leave our preconceived ideas of how the world should be, and constantly seeking and redefining our place in a rapidly changing universe.

Generally allowing adequate time for thorough preparation means that we are going to have the best experience that we can have in each situation. For instance, getting a reliable alarm clock that we won't ignore, making sure that our cars are dependable and filled with energy before we begin our journeys, and allowing 25 minutes for a trip that usually takes 15 minutes, means that we raise the chance that we are going to get where we are going safely and on time.

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