Short Fiction: "A Conversation With God"

This was a fun picture to make as I imagined myself at my writing desk being suddenly transported to the cosmos to interview god. This guy (and his desk) looks nothing like me, but I will probably use him in the future.
This was a fun picture to make as I imagined myself at my writing desk being suddenly transported to the cosmos to interview god. This guy (and his desk) looks nothing like me, but I will probably use him in the future.

Introduction:

The fiction piece below is something I wrote early in my college days. The assignment was to write a story that used only dialogue. I took some liberties with it and turned it into a sort of interview between myself and god. For those unfamiliar, I’m an atheist, so that was the perspective I was coming from when I wrote it. Strangely enough, I found the process of writing for god to be therapeutic. For a character so influential and yet entirely absent from our culture, it gave me a sense of relief to finally give him a voice. Obviously my depiction of god isn’t going to match up with those who believe in him, but I wrote a few more pieces like this (that never saw the light of day) and each one of them helped me in some form or another. This piece went on to win a writing competition at my community college and, while the prize was only $100, it was technically the first time I had ever been paid for one of my stories. For that reason it will always hold a special place in my heart, and an important stepping stone in my journey towards a full fledged writing career.

I hope you will enjoy it as a man’s frustration with his place in the universe and a young writer’s early attempt to capture the divine.

A Conversation with God:

Me - “I don’t believe in you, you know; you haven’t given me any reason to.”

God - “Yeah I can understand that.”

Me - “Why though? If you are so infinitely powerful why not give people a sign?”

God - “They’re getting along without any signs.”

Me - “Humans worship you; devote their lives to you; blindly follow you. Doesn’t that bother you, or excite you? How does it feel to have such devotion without proof you even exist?”

God - “It’s nice.”

Me - “But they’re wasting their lives following a lie.”

God - “People can believe whatever they want.”

Me - “What if they try to force their beliefs onto others?”

God - “Well that’s not cool.”

Me - “What about the people who go to church because they feel obligated.”

God - “They make the obligation, not me.”

Me - “So it isn’t a requirement to go to church to get into heaven?”

God - “That depends on what you believe heaven is.”

Me - “Well what if I believe heaven is a giant ball of gas somewhere deep in the universe?”

God - “Then heaven is a giant ball of gas somewhere deep in the universe.”

Me - “So, it’s whatever we want it to be?”

God - “No, it is whatever you believe it to be.”

Me - “I believe we all go into eternal sleep in death; that there is nothing more. Does that make it true?”

God - “It makes you believe it’s true.”

Me - “But will it happen?”

God - “Maybe.”

Me - “Is there any way I could avoid it and get into a utopia heaven?”

God - “Not if you don’t believe in a utopia heaven.”

Me - “You’re just arguing in circles.”

God - “So are you.”

Me - “Forget it, I’ll ask something else… Did you create the universe?”

God - “I had help.”

Me - “Help from whom?”

God - “It’s complicated.”

Me - “Well is there a universal set of laws and morals?”

God - “Some of them are universal, but not all.”

Me - “Can you be more specific?”

God - “I could, but that would take a long time.”

Me - “Well, what do you think of science and the studies of the universe?”

God - “I think it’s awesome.”

Me - “Were the stars and planets created by you, or was that your ‘help’?”

God - “I really didn’t need to do much, it just sort of happened.”

Me - “So you really haven’t done anything?”

God - “I wouldn’t say that.”

Me - “Well I have seen no evidence of you doing anything.”

God - “Good, I’m glad.”

Me - “Glad that there is no evidence?”

God - “No, glad that you care enough to look.”

Me - “But that still doesn’t answer the question.”

God - “Does the question have an answer?”

Me - “If anyone would know, it would be you.”

God - “I guess, though even your best scientists don’t have all the answers, so why should I?”

Me - “You are the ultimate being.”

God - “I am?”

Me - “According to every religious person I’ve ever met, yes.”

God - “Well, isn’t that sweet.”

Me - “What about Jesus, what’s the real story about him?”

God - “He was a very nice boy; always wanted to help.”

Me - “Is it all true? Son of god, resurrection and whatnot?”

God - “I remember him being very religious and doing a whole lot of preaching. Though to be honest, that whole era is a bit sketchy.”

Me - “So he was forcing his beliefs onto people?”

God - “Not really, I think he just presented the material.”

Me - “Unlike the crusades, huh?”

God - “Those weren’t cool either.”

Me - “So why didn’t you stop it? And in that regard, why is there so much evil in the world?”

God - “Would you know what good is if there weren’t any evil?”

Me - “Probably not. But why so much evil?”

God - “Don’t look at me; your race is the one creating all the evil.”

Me - “Don’t tell me god is pointing fingers.”

God - “You’re pointing fingers. But I think you’re missing the point; you guys are capable of some really great stuff. Just stop blaming all the evil on me.”

Me - “Oh and just give you credit for all the good stuff then?”

God - “I didn’t ask for that either; you have all done the good and the bad by yourselves; I just watch.”

Me - “Well, how can you stand by with your infinite power and just watch all the horrible things like murder, rape, lies, greed, and manipulation?”

God - “If I did everything for you, no one would learn anything.”

Me - “Again; but there is so much, surely saving a few cases wouldn’t be that bad.”

God - “If I save one person, I have to save them all; God can’t play favorites.”

Me - “So instead there are no favorites.”

God - “I love all humans; you never cease to amaze me.”

Me - “What about Satan, is there really a devil and a hell?”

God - “None that I know of.”

Me - “So you don’t hold infinite wisdom?”

God - “Even an immortal being is always learning.”

Me - “So essentially you have turned all my words around and given me no answers what-so-ever.”

God - “Maybe, or maybe I just gave you all the answers.”

Me - “Well at least tell me the meaning of life.”

God - “Would it make you feel better if you knew?”

Me - “Yes.”

God - “Would it change your daily life if you knew?”

Me - “Well that depends on what the answer is.”

God - “So if I told you the meaning of life was to be eaten by aliens, would you accept it?”

Me - “No, I’d try to fight it.”

God - “Me too, no way I’m letting those aliens eat my brain.”

Me - “But that can’t be the meaning of life.”

God - “What if I told you the meaning of life was to find a penny, heads up on the sidewalk for good luck?”

Me - “Those are just mundane things; I want to know the all encompassing answer to life.”

God - “What do you think the meaning of life is?”

Me - “I don’t know. Honestly I don’t think there is one. I think we are all just part of a cosmic coincidence and are lucky to be alive at all.”

God - “That’s a good answer.”

Me - “Is it the right answer?”

God - “It might be.”

Me - “You don’t know?”

God - “Should I?”

Me - “Yes.”

God - “Well then I guess I do.”

Me - “And?”

God - “And what?”

Eternity's Reach (The Sword of Eternity) (Volume 1)
Eternity's Reach (The Sword of Eternity) (Volume 1)

If you're interested in reading more of my fiction work, you can read my first novel here.

 

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miss_jkim 4 years ago

From a believer, I must say this is a good hub. Interesting, funny, and nice to know what kind of questions you would ask God.

Congratulations on the win, the $100.00 and, I take it, the career as a writer. I hope one day I can say the same.

Voted up.


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Borsia 4 years ago from Currently, Philippines

All good questions, maybe not the ones I would have asked but all interesting.


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M. T. Dremer 4 years ago from United States Author

miss_jkim - I'm glad to hear that a believer isn't offended by this piece. It was a concern of mine both when I first wrote it, and now when I posted it on HubPages. The intent isn't to offend, but rather to frame my own version of how it might happen. Thank you for the compliment and the comment!

Borsia - I definitely think everyone would benefit from writing their own conversation with god. As you said, these wouldn't necessarily been the questions you would have asked and I find it a very therapeutic exercise to entertain those questions and see what your version of god might say. Thanks for the comment!


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harmony155 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Have you read "Conversation with God" by Neale Donald Walsh? The similarities are striking!


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M. T. Dremer 3 years ago from United States Author

harmony155 - I haven't, but I will look into it. Thanks for the comment! :)

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