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False Realities

Updated on December 27, 2012

I have a friend named Sara, who is always doing bad, but she still, steadfastly, believes that God cares for her, and is there, watching over her. Despite her belief, her life is just one big mess. I asked her one day how she could have such strong belief, even though God was totally ignoring her. She just looked at me with a blank, uncomfortable, stare. She had no answer.

After I left her apartment, she looked around the living room, then the ceiling. Then she screamed, "God where are you?! Why don't you answer my prayers? Help me, help me please! I've been begging you all my life! This is crazy."

There was complete silence. Sara looked around the room again, and said, "OK God, if you really are all powerful show me a sign, right now. Any sign."

There was complete silence. "Please, God, show me something. I need to see something for my thirty years of praying! It's obvious, you don't care," she yelled. Still, more silence.

She stood up, and, slowly, walked into her study. There, she reached into a drawer and retrieved a pentagram. Where she got it is not known. In a rage she put the five-sided- star to her chest and shouted, "Satan, I know you see that God doesn't care about me. I know you have been watching too. I know you know he hasn't answered my prayers, ever.

"So this is the deal, Satan," she continued. "If you've got a better deal, I'm all ears. If you want me to sell you my soul, then you got it. I, hereby ,sell you my soul, and in return you will answer all of my prayers and wishes. Thank you, Satan!"

"First, Satan" she commanded. "Could you just show me some kinda sign, just any sign?" Nothing! The silence was deafening.

"Please show me that you are all powerful, Satan! I serve you, now. I have sold my soul to you, to torture forever. I need to get something outta this deal, right?!" "Don't tell me you are just as heartless as God!" This went on for hours, without any results.


I found Sara the next day. When I entered her house, I saw her lying there, on the floor, in a catatonic state. I rushed over, kneeled down, and checked her pulse. She was still alive. I found her phone, and, quickly, called 911.

They put her in the Psych Ward. I was on the list of people authorized to see her. As I entered her room, she was sitting, facing the wall. I asked her how she was doing. She turned around, and started to cry. "Why does God and Satan, both, hate me?" she asked.

"They don't hate you," I replied. "The problem is that you are living a false reality. The reason your prayers are never answered by God, or Satan is because neither of them exist."

"They do exist!" she exclaimed. "The bible says so."

"Then why don't they respond?" I asked. She gave a blank stare.

"Sara," I continued, "If you accept reality as it is, you can start on a new path today. A path where you believe in yourself and not in things that are imaginary. You, not God, not Satan, will be the one guiding your life. And your choices, along with chance, will determine your success."

She didn't respond. I think, maybe, I got to her with reason...I think.

As I turned to leave the room, she looked up at me and said, "God bless you!"



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      getitrite 5 years ago


      Sara is back on her meds, and is stable for now, but when she goes off of the meds, it's almost impossible to convince her that she needs treatment.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Sarah has deep issues. This is beyond belief. Hope that she gets the psychological help she needs. This is beyond sad. She is indeed a wounded child.

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      getitrite 7 years ago


      'Sara' is mentally ill. When she would go to church, she wouldn't or couldn't filter what she heard, so she took it verbatim. I worked to help her all I could, and she is doing better. She is now seeing a counselor, and understands that she has to look within herself for her strength.

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      pennyofheaven 7 years ago from New Zealand

      That is just too, too sad! It is always sad when people look outside themselves for the answers only to be highly disappointed and disillusioned by their misinterpretations and perhaps false beliefs. If they only looked within and took responsibility for all that happens in their lives they would be much better for it. The joy of living will then take on a new meaning.

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      getitrite 7 years ago


      I guess we are both survivors of the holy-roller, Pentacostal Cult-a very primitive belief system. I'm really proud of you.

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      Baileybear 7 years ago

      the pentecostal churches are amongst the most disturbing, delusional and abusive. I'm a survivor

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      getitrite 7 years ago


      What upsets me is that these charlatan ministers, that these emotionally unstable people like Sara seek out for help, are only making the matter worse, by reenforcing this nonsense.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      ShaunLindbergh 7 years ago

      Good hub, funny if it wasn't so sad. The same game plays out in the minds of million christians every day, the honest ones admit it. I reckon this is one game you never really need to win. Christians are playing for high stakes, if they believe the bible they have no option. If they get it wrong they are toast :)

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      hanging out 7 years ago

      i noticed you had a really good line for line, word for word version of the story AFTER you LEFT the apartment. (line 8 or 1st line of paragraph 2) I don't know what your deal is here buddy but i think you are lying a long and lengthy lie just to prove what you want to say or enforce toward the end of your fictitious story.

      To say that god does not stop to wipe a tear or lighten a load or provide for all saved people is heresy. God does all those things and more.

      As far as your view on pentecostal nonsense, i prefer a church which has the workings of the holy spirit over those dry, dead boned churches that do not.

      Too many times people blame god for letting them down. When really its the persons fault for not allowing god to have his way. Rebelling christians get sent to the wilderness till the rebellion is gone. Too many times christians stay in the wilderness most if not all of their lives.

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      getitrite 7 years ago


      You have some good points. I went through similar experiences growing up in a southern Pentacostal environment. I was about 15 when the word of the Lord stop making any sense. After I got over my initial fear, I began to see the abject nonsense of religion.

      Thanks for your comment, and welcome to hubpages.

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      technorican 7 years ago from Houston

      When I left organized religion at age 18, my parents were upset. My father had been raised a Protestant but probably had enough with having a father as preacher. Anyway, he never followed any religion. He just didn't want to be the cause of my exit. My mother was afraid I didn't believe in anything. She was Catholic but wouldn't have minded if I became a Buddhist. Eventually, she realized that I believed in myself.

      I got tired of having religion pushed on me. It took years for me to escape the guilt and fear created by religion. I don't care about religious beliefs. I want to be free to accept all good people. I am not an atheist. They can have the same "problems" as an organized religion. I am an agnostic, which means I do not know if there is or is not a god or God. (Religious people can also be agnostics.) I'm just a human being so how can I prove or disprove any such a huge concept? And why? I have enough to deal with on Earth.

      Lately, I've heard from born-again Christians I knew decades ago are now admitting that their faith has failed them. They have learned to think and question and share their doubts. Religious people can be very mean and yet, figuratively, wave God and Bible to prove their goodness and not recognize their pitiful behavior. BTW, my first nightmare was about God after attending catechism as a teen. Also, I read the Bible before I left religion. It didn't compel me to remain.

      Unfortunately, I am reminded of terrible things a couple of really wonderful people suffered. They were born-again Christians and loved each other very much. They should have gotten married but they misunderstood statements and intentions decades ago. They both ended up marrying born-again Christians and being emotionally abused. A few years ago they got in touch over the phone. The love was still there but the situation was not there to reunite. Now one of them is dead. Decades of praying did not help one bit. Neither God nor Jesus answered. It breaks my heart the unnecessary pain they went through.

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      getitrite 7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Daniel. I think my friend in the story, is the proverbial born loser.

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      Daniel Carter 7 years ago from Western US

      Whether there is a god or not, the only person who saves our sorry selves in this life is us. Even if there is a god, that god wouldn't deny us of the harsh lessons that would teach us how to become empowered instead of useless victims dependent on him to do everything for us.

      I hope your friend is ok. And I hope she found that the only person who's going to save her is that person in the mirror staring back.

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      justplainmad 7 years ago

      Good story!

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      Tusitala Tom 7 years ago

      Good stuff, Getitrite.


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      brethodge 8 years ago from USA

      This is the picture of a real atheist.. When you continusoulsy do wrong and still you thinks that God is with you.. its great! you have written a great hub.. All the best..

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      Twenty One Days 8 years ago

      well, this story relates to almost everyone.

      reality is a careless word as is the`ism. we should be careful not to assume anything as everything humans can conceive is limited to their own thinking -individually or collectively. As I recently told another: consciousness is limited to itself, by its perspective and perceived notions. Faith is beyond it. It does not need, like thought does. Thought needs faith and often uses/includes faith it its necessity. In truth the notion of faith is thought-less.

      Humans -to their own demise- assume there is or is not. This is the parallel of the Need To Know; the question-answer parallel; the *real* problem.

      It is self that causes all these unnecessary troubles.

      Else people would know, see, understand their purpose in this universe.

      Looking forward to the coffee, I'm buyin`. Cheers.

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      getitrite 8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Beiyin. It is a sad story, but similar ones are played out daily across the world. I believe our strength comes from within.

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      BeiYin 8 years ago from Ibiza Spain

      Your story is dramatic and sad, but it describes the reality of human nature in its primitive state of evolution, where dependency and so manipulation rules the mass of people in their conditioning. You are pointing to *reality* but you are leaving it still empty, so it will not be accepted and easily rejected from people who give sense to their life by believing something that is offered to cover a need that is not satisfied by the usual material consumer habits. The danger and most negative result of those established fake realities are, that it blockes the posibility to devellop and experience *reality* beyond those ruling programs. With the result we can see around us and in the general condition of humanity, that is destroying itself...

      A good provoking story, even though it will probably only cause resistance and protest, especially because posted under 'religion'. But I know the difficulty to find the right category for my hubs, as the right ones doesn't exist or are avoided in our society based on fake reality...

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      aware 8 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      uhhhh ... ummmm... i mean...." dang". freedom of speech im all for it . but this aint my cup of tea. rock on.

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      Cecilia 8 years ago from New York

      Oh wow, a real atheist. Gd exists, just not in the way you think he does. Atheism is a reaction more than an actual conviction.

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      John Harper 8 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Nice that you write fiction also!

      Very pleased that God does answer me, and that I don't get so many problems from Satan these days.

      Interesting that you have seemingly never met either.

      But you do write imaginative fiction for someone without experience! ;o)