Memo from God...non-denominational funny!

  1. An Open Letter From God

    Radio's commentator Paul Harvey read this on his Noon News, Saturday, May 16, 1998. The response was overwhelming. Harvey's Chicago office was inundated by phone calls, mail and faxes, as were the offices at The Big 550. Here's the text:

    An Open Letter from God:

    My dear children, and believe Me, that is all of you, I
    consider Myself a pretty patient guy. I mean, look at the Grand
    Canyon. It took millions of years to get it right. And about
    evolution? Boy, nothing is slower than designing that whole Darwinian thing to take place cell by cell and gene by gene. And I have been patient through your fashions, your civilizations, wars and schemes, and the countless ways that you take Me for granted until you get yourselves into big trouble again and again. I want to let you knowabout some of the things that started ticking Me off.

    First of all, your religious rivalries are driving Me up a wall. Enough already!

    Let's get one thing straight. These are your religions, not Mine. I'm the whole enchilada. I'm beyond them all.
    Every one of your religions claims that there's only one of
    Me, which, by the way, is absolutely true, but in the very next breath each religion claims that it's My favorite one. And each claims its bible was written personally by Me, and that all of the other bibles are man-made. Oh, Me. How do I ever begin to put a stop to such complicated nonsense?

    All right, listen up now. I am your Father and Mother, and I
    don't play favorites among My children. Also, I hate to break it to
    you, but I don't write. My longhand is awful, and I've always been
    more of a doer anyway. So ALL of your books, including those bibles, were written by men and women. They were inspired men and women, they were remarkable people, but they also made mistakes here and there. And I made sure of that, so that you would never trust a written word rather than your own
    living heart.

    You see, one human being to Me -- even a bum on the street --
    is worth more than all of the holy books in the world. That's just the kind of a guy I am. My spirit is not an historical thing. It's alive
    right now, right now, as fresh as your next breath. Holy books and religious rites are sacred and powerful, but they are not more so than the least of you. They were only meant to steer you in the right direction, not to keep you arguing
    with each other, and certainly not to keep you from trusting your own personal connection with Me.

    Which brings Me to My next point about your nonsense. You act
    like I need you and your religions to stick up for Me or win souls for My sake. Please, don't do Me any favors. I can stand quite well on My own, thank you. I don't need you to defe! nd Me, I don't need constant credit. I just want you to be good to each other.

    And another thing. I don't get all worked up over money or
    politics, so stop dragging My name into your dramas. For example, I swear to Me that I never threatened Oral Roberts. I never rode is any of Rajneesh's Rolls Royces and I never told Pat Robertson to run for president, and I have never had a conversation with Jim Bakker, Jerry Falwell or Jimmy Swaggart. Of course, come Judgment Day, I certainly intend to.

    Now the thing is, I want you to stop thinking of religion as
    some sort of a loyalty pledge to Me. The true purpose of religion is
    so that YOU can become more aware of ME, not the other way around.

    Believe Me, I know you already. I know what's in each of your hearts, and I love you anyway with no strings attached. So, lighten up and enjoy Me. That's what religion's best for.

    What you seem to forget is how mysterious I am. You look at
    the petty differences in your scriptures and you say, "Well, if this
    is the truth, then that can't be." But instead of trying to figure out
    My paradoxes and unfathomable nature -- which, by the way, you never will -- why not open your hearts to the simple, common threads of every religion?

    You know what I'm talking about. Play nice with each other. Love and respect everyone. Be kind. Even when life is scary or confusing, take courage and be of good cheer, for I'm always with you.

    And learn how to be quiet, so that you can hear My still,
    small voice. I don't like to shout. Leave the world a better place by
    living your life with dignity and gracefulness, for you are My own
    child. Hold back nothing from life, for the parts of you that can die
    surely will, and the parts that can't, won't. So don't worry, be
    happy. (I stole that last line from Bobby McFerrin, but Who gave it to him in the first place?)

    Simple stuff now. Why do you keep making it so complicated?
    It's like you're always looking for an excuse to be upset. And I am
    very tired of being your main excuse.

    Do you think whether you call Me God, or Yahweh, or Jehovah, Allah, Wakatonka, Brahma, Father, Mother, even the Void of Nirvana?

    Do you think I care which of My Special
    Children you feel closest to -- Jesus, Mary, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed or any of the others? You can call Me and My Special Ones any names you choose, if only you will go about My business of loving one another as I love you. How can you keep
    neglecting something so simple?

    No, I am not telling you to abandon your religions. Enjoy your
    religions, honor them, learn from them, just as you should enjoy,
    honor, and learn from your parents. But do you walk around telling everyone that your parents are better than theirs? Your religion, like your parents, may always have the most special place in your heart. I don't mind that at all. And I don't want you to combine all of the great traditions into One Big Mess. Each religion is unique for a reason. Each has a unique style so that
    people can find the best path for themselves.

    But My Special Children -- the ones that your religions revolve around -- all live in the same place in My heart, and they get along perfectly, I assure you.

    The clergy must stop creating a myth of sibling rivalry where
    there is none. My blessed children of Earth, the world has grown too small for your pervasive religious bigotries and confusion. The whole planet is now connected by air travel, satellite dishes, telephones, fax machines, rock concerts, diseases and mutual needs and concerns.

    Get with the program! If you really want to help me celebrate the
    birthday of My Son Jesus, then commit yourselves to figuring out how to feed your hungry and clothe your naked, and protect your abused and shelter your poor. And just as important, make your own everyday life a shining example of kindness and good humor. I've given you all the resources you need, if only you abandon your fear of each other and begin living, and loving and laughing together.

    Now, I am not really ticked off. Not really. I just wanted to
    grab your attention because I hate to see you suffer. But I gave you free will, so what can I do now other than try to influence you
    through reason, persuasion, and a little old-fashioned guilt and
    manipulation?

    After all, you know I am the original Jewish Mother. I just
    want you to be happy, and I'll sit in the dark. I really am with you
    always. Always. Trust in Me.

    Your One and Only, God
    •  
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Ted
    Very thoughtful. . . gave me a happy smile!

    Cheers!

    Ted
  4. by   Gomer
    Now that made my day! Thank You.
  5. by   Stargazer
    Very good. Reminds me of The Onion's post-9/11 edition: God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule.

    There was a fascinating interview on ABC News's Up Close last night (I stayed up waaaay too late watching it) with an Orthodox rabbi who claims he is a "reformed extremist." Had a lot of thought-provoking things to say about religion and religious extremism.

close