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When Comments Inspire Poetry: God Has Failed!

Updated on September 14, 2019
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Poetry is the heart of literature. A good story is fine, but a poem reaches into the soul quickly eliciting raw emotion.

The words below in the poem God Has Failed are inspired by a written exchange I participated in with a commenter to one of my articles. I call him Brad the Agnostic. Thought the words do not reflect my belief in God so many people in the world may espouse those beliefs similar to Brad the Agnostic's sentiment, which seems to be:

  • If God is what religionists and the Bible claim Him to be why do bad things happen?
  • If He is real, God failed at all the things.

Jason Reid Capp, a writer of engaging articles, influenced the poem also with his comments regarding Brad the Agnostic (Brad the Ag for short0 Jason stated in his comment that "God himself in Genesis 6:6 [said] that he regretted making mankind. He also said again in 1 Samuel 5:11 that he regretted making Saul king."

Jason provided a definition for this word regret to qualify where he went with his comment by writing, "Regret is a feeling of disappointment over something you failed to do, and here we see in scripture itself that God admittedly made mistakes. What does that mean, exactly? How can a being be both perfect and with flaws? That doesn't compute."

In his defense, Jason also noted that he enjoys playing devil's advocate. So, the words may not reflect his personal views He commented:

I am not attacking faith or spirituality with this comment, but I am saying that a conversation needs to truly be open on both sides for it to really achieve anything. Based on what you shared here, it sounds like neither you or Brad the Ag were open for much of anything.

— Jason Reid Capp

Brad's comment almost reads like poetry as he describes his beliefs. Each point stands alone as an emblazoned accusation against the omnipotence of God. Because of its organization, I frame it as a poem.

God Has Failed.

He failed with the Angels.
He failed with Adam and Eve.
He failed with Cain and Abel.
He failed with Moses.
He failed with the billions of Humans
He failed with the fable called the Bible.
Take away the Bible and no contact with God
Natural disasters killing are called acts of God.
Regret is disappointment over Failing
God admittedly Failed.
Humans have not changed
Jesus Christ's did not Work.
Humans talk to God
"God are you There?"
"Can you hear my Prayer?"
He never Responds.
God is not really There
God has Failed

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The following song is a cathartic representation of why those of us who believe in God may feel that He has failed us in one way or another. All of us at some point may find disappointment in our trusted belief system or higher power. It may be temporary or go on the remainder of our lives.

Lyrics to the Video

You'll never be forgotten
You're always on my mind
I look into the mirror
A good friend is hard to find
Could anyone please tell me
If all was fixed before
This year spring comes too early '
Cause God has failed once more

The pictures I have found
You're face looks still the same
Whenever I'm asleep
My heart will call your name
To tell about your life
Is all I can do for you
Your end has come too early
'Cause God has failed once more

White Mourning

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High Hope

Though many of us may feel that God has failed at times, He has not failed in reality. I want to leave you these last few words...

Because we do not see all His designs for us or for each other
What we call a failure, is only a conclusion we have yet to see uncovered.
Hope is the word we need to combat the feelings that comes upon us.
We will always fight with its opposite in mortal life, the feeling hopelessness
Which causes us to blame God for not letting things happen the way we think they should.
I testify that God has not failed at anything, and with, us He never would!

Hope of a Migrant

© 2019 Rodric Anthony

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    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Pamela, thanks. I had a hard Sunday morning. I decided not to go to Church but forced myself. I am so glad I went because we talked about how God helps us overcome the trials of life. With you, I chose to believe God.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      God gave us free will and we bring on problems quite often with our own mistakes. Certainly, some bad things seem to occur very unexpectedly and we get angry and frustrated. When all is said and done I am going to believe in God. I like your article and poem.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Bill, thanks for your words of encouragement. You are so correct about all people of faith go through a crisis of faith once or multiple times in life. Even those who do not believe in a mystical being, but themselves, go through a faith crisis about organizations or associations.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Eric, I am sure you have had experiences with him in the past. He was banned from Hubpages this year sometime I think.

      It does sound cold to look at life as a sum game, but, to understand that life ha a purpose other than to eat, defecate, sleep and reproduce helps to temper the despair for most of us. I can see how losing his faith mad Brad into a cynic towards God. He was disillusioned being that he was once a faithful follower of Catholicism.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Nida, I too am a follower of Jesus Christ. The poem is the result of inspiration to capture someone else's angst toward God. I thought it was written like a poem when it was shared with me so I added my estimation of what it must feel like to have those feelings. It was not hard for me since I have been angry with God for many things in my life. I can say that it happens so much less, the misplaced anger towards God.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      In my humble opinion, anyone and everyone of any faith-based system questions that faith at one time or another. I think it is only natural to do so. As always, your articles force one to contemplate, and that is always a good thing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Send your Ag friend over my way so he can see where God has succeeded.

      I approach this subject sometimes on a percentage scale. If you take all the horrifying events that are so prevalent in news. And you count the people harmed thereby each year and you compare that to 7 billion you get a grand new perspective. We are talking about .005% too a maximum of about .1%. By anyone's standards that is success.

      That is cold hearted. But just say 100 million against 7 billion?

      (although I am not including sufferers like your Ag)

      They want cold logic - there you have it.

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      Nida Ormo 

      5 weeks ago from Bacolod City, Philippines?

      Hi sir, it's so nice poem. But for me God never failed and because he loved us he gave his only begotten son to save us. God Bless!

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