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Monday, August 22, 2005

An Imperfect God?

It would have been easier for us to accept an imperfect God in place of one who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. It would have been easier to believe in a God with limitations, a God with weaknesses and failings. It would make much more sense to accept that God cannot do all things all by Himself, that He cannot answer all our prayers at one time, that He does not really work 24/7, that He too tires and desires a much-deserved rest.

This way, we can all end blaming Him for wishes that He did not oblige to grant us. No one will blame Him for someone's death, for separation between lovers and friends or for not winning in a lottery. There will be no one to point an accusing finger towards Him when worse things happen to us. No one will feel hurt or rejected or abandoned when things go wrong and the only person left to blame is God.

Life would have been so much easy. We would no longer pin our hopes on Him. We would be modest in our expectations. After all, He is an imperfect God: He cannot do everything. And we might even begin to fend for ourselves, take care of ourselves and stand on our own two feet. After all, God may not be the best person to help us. And probably, we can begin to understand how difficult it is to be God.

We can go around and tell people, "Forgive me, I'm imperfect just like my God," and people may understand just what we mean. Then God will cease to be the Great Scapegoat of every mess that happens in our lives. We can then say, "Go easy on God, He is just...well, God."


  • At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    in that way, it will give us hope

  • At 12:13 AM, Blogger LEiGS said…

    No problem. I drop by here to draw inspiration.

    God bless you, angel!

  • At 12:03 AM, Blogger Cryptic Muse said…

    A profound and insightful essay! Frankly, we need a new epistemology of belief. And yet, not much work is being done by religious philosophers to illuminate the virtues of a less-than-perfect God.

    Personally, I have failed because my approach seems to diminish the substantive qualities of the Father. I prefer your approach. It is pragmatic and appealing. Thank you for this commentary.


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