God Sent a Message to an Agnostic

The agnostic

Both of my parents came from religious families. When they married each other they had to decide about religion. For various reasons they decided to bring the children up as agnostics.

For those who are not sure of meanings of these words, an atheist says "There is no God". An Agnostic says "I do not know if there is a God".

A theist says "There is a God" - and then usually goes on to explain how God has declared that their particular religion is right. A pantheist says there are Gods.

I was an agnostic. I had read up on some religions and decided they were not right for me (and presumably not for God either).

The Project

I had seen a form of therapy that was incredibly good for removing the dyslexic condition. I was living in a joint household. The son of the other couple was severely dyslexic. His father, a teacher, worked with him every night. The child had no sight vocabulary at all. He would sound out common words like "to" and "and" several times a night - not recognising these words from minutes before.

His mother heard about Tomatis therapy. She took the boy to Paris for treatment. After the first 8 days of treatment they came home. The father reported that the boy now read two whole sentences under his breath, and then read them out loud. His problems with bullying at school stopped immediately.

After the second bout of treatment, we were watching a video in French, with English subtitles. I nudged the mother because I noticed the boy was reading out the subtitles as they flashed up.

Tomatis therapy was not available in England, and we wanted to set up a treatment centre in or near our village in Yorkshire. We costed the project, and we needed £42,000.

Give the Lord a Channel

The boy's mother was a theist.

She said that if it was the Lord's will that we set up the treatment centre, the Lord would send us the £42,000. I thought I would give the Lord a channel or mechanism by which to send the money, and so I started doing the Football Pools.

For American readers, the Football Pools are a weekly gamble based on predicting the results of about 60 football matches taking place each weekend. If you guess right you can win millions for a tiny stake.

I thought that by giving the Lord a channel by which to send the money I was making it easier for the Lord.

The Lord sends a message

In the fourth week the Lord helped me to win. The Lord sent me £4.20, exactly one ten thousandth of the amount we needed.

The fact that The Lord had got the £4.20 right was statistically an impossible coincidence, so it was a message. I think the Lord was saying that ours was not an unworthy request, as otherwise the Lord would have ignored it. However, the Lord was not prepared to send us the funding.

There was also a subliminal message that if the Lord wanted to help he did not need the Football Pools to do it - I was rebuked. And the Lord had used my channel to send the message, just to be clear!

So what?

I did not previously believe or disbelieve in God. Fortunately God thought enough of our project to send the message.

So where does this leave me? In the face of this very small miracle, saying that God does not exist, or that I do not know if there is a God, is irrational. I am now a theist.

So now I have to decide which religion to follow - or do I?. Provided I lead my life in a good fashion -which I was doing anyway- the Lord ought to be pleased with me. I saw and see no reason to hunt round the various religions.

I had always been amused by a religious group called "the Strict and Particular Baptists", because of the implication that there must be "Relaxed and Backsliding Baptists" from whom they were differentiating themselves. We had fighting going on in Northern Ireland along religious lines, and some of that spilled into Scotland and Liverpool particularly.The Middle East has religious issues. As a political asylum lawyer I had seen what people do to each other in the name of God. I could not believe that God wanted me to go and kill good people because they were the wrong religion.

So I am a theist, but I am relaxed about it as I believe God is.

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askjanbrass 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

What a clever and engaging title for your hub. It's really eye-catching because it doesn't seem to make sense at first. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and story on spirituality, religion, life, and how you have worked them all together.


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frogdropping 6 years ago

Charles I totally burst out laughing when I got to the part about giving the lord a channel. I mean - I really really did! That was the funniest line I've read in ages! I hope others get to reading this, it's fair magic so it is. You're quite the comedian. A great hub Mr James and worthy of double ratings :)


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Daniel Carter 6 years ago from Western US

Brilliant. Witty and refreshingly honest.


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Charles James 6 years ago from Yorkshire, UK Author

Thank you so much for these really kind comments.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Very nice story. God loves everybody.


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

good reading hub thanks


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Mark Knowles 6 years ago

LOL

Dammit - I have been giving the Lord a chance every week with the Euro millions. I can therefore conclude that He does not exist. :)


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Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

When I saw frog's recommendation in forum I made a beeline for this hub. A thoroughly engaging story, Charles! And it has merit in the sense that it proves the existence of God. ;)


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Charles James 6 years ago from Yorkshire, UK Author

Thank you all.

Perhaps, Mark, the Lord is not yet convinced that you and I are worthy recipients of significant wealth.


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

I love the way you say !If you guess right" (won loads and loads of times,must start again)Strange thing for me to say but as I'm not perfect "There is a winning system."

Ha! fancy the Lord choosing me an Atheist ! Scary !

Loved it as it had just the correct skimming of humour for my taste,must read more wnen time permits. what a brilliant tale about the young lad,hope he improved even more.

jandee


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Charles James 4 years ago from Yorkshire, UK Author

Thank you Jandee. You will enjoy "An Invitation To Help God".

Yes the lad has done well. His dyslexia I would say is still there, but milder. He has gone into Art.


KayatowlyPele 3 years ago

My spouse and i used to obtain high on existence but of late We've piled up some sort of amount of resistance.


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Charles James 3 years ago from Yorkshire, UK Author

I don't quite understand this comment. Sorry!

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