Hey, God!

Do you have a minute or two? I know you’re probably busy with your heavenly and religious affairs, Bush’s impending war, maybe even Survivor: The Amazon, but I really think we should talk. I, a dot in the cosmos, and you, the so-called creator of whatever was, is, and will be. That is, of course, assuming you exist.

Nah, forget my asking for permission. I’d say what I have to say, whether you listen or not. Blame four years of high school Christian Living; it taught me that you gave every human being free will — a gift I’d be more than happy to exercise now.

How would you like to start a religion business with me? Don’t worry, ownership is entirely yours. All I want is to be CEO.

Our company will sell products designed to meet every Catholic’s needs: Complete Dummy’s Guides to Salvation, watches that recite one commandment every hour (which means you have to make two new commandments for 11 and 12 o’clock), God-approved contraceptives, cell phones with speed dialing features to heaven (press 1 for the Virgin Mother, press 2 for your favorite saint, press 3 for angelic assistance), Jesus-Mary-Joseph Christmas albums (first 1000 buyers get signed CDs), and a portable gadget that beeps every time a capital sin is committed by its owner’s special someone. Our product listing will have limitless possibilities; our market will include every living Catholic.

Since we can’t risk losing to piracy and we need to maximize profit, all merchandise will bear your official tamper-proof seal, a religion facts table (Recommended Daily Allowance, Moral Value per Serving) and a sticker that says “Hurry! Buy more products to accumulate more points! Every point you earn takes you one step closer to heaven!”

It’s a religion company but it’s not religion per se that we’d be selling — salvation is what your people are crazy about these days; it will thus be the focus of our marketing strategy. In the end, I’d be filthy rich, while you’d get all the good Catholic people from earth!

Now, before you send me straight to hell, relax. I was just kidding! Calm down, man. (Aww, sorry, for a second I forgot you’re a god!) Just trying to get your attention there.

Seriously though, I wouldn’t be shocked if one day I find myself walking into the religion (or should I say salvation?) section of a supermarket. I think my religion has today become too commercialized and too fanaticized to be believable.

For instance, I saw an almost full-page ad in the newspaper last month for Vatican ring tones, picture messages and logos. Since when did you endorse such pay-per-download services?

A church I pass by every weekend was demolished a couple of years ago to construct — as the billboard says — the “Church of the Millennium.” For some reason, the project was never finished and the church, in its present state, resembles a dilapidated marketplace. Tell me, what difference does it make if we pray to you in bahay-kubo chapels instead of in ornate basilicas?

Then there’s my high school teacher who reprimanded me for making the sign of the cross with my left hand, the same way my mother scolded me for removing the altar hanging on my bedroom wall. I cannot understand why. Perhaps they’re worried you might throw me into Satan’s den because of my heretical acts. Whoa! I’m scared.

Well, maybe I should be scared, unlike, say, the parishioners who spend thousands of pesos to dress-up their life-size Mama Mary images for the annual fiesta celebration; or the owners of the black Sto. Niño, of the doctor Sto. Niño, of the policeman Sto. Niño, of the sleeping Sto. Niño and of the beggar Sto. Niño; or the devout follower of the TV evangelist whose donation boxes are almost as tall as he is.

Things like these leave me with the question “What for?” Is it not enough that I believe in you? Frankly, I begin to doubt whether you really did create man or man created you so he could do whatever he wishes in life and yet be assured of a happy ending when he dies.

I realize I have no right to castigate others on how they worship you. After all, there’s no way of deciding whose right or wrong, is there? I’m just telling you these things because I want you to know that I’d like my salvation to ensue. If I would be praying, respecting my parents, abstaining from pre-marital sex, doing charity work or helping a stranger, it wouldn’t be because at the end of the day, I want my “good deeds” list to exceed my “bad deeds” list or because I want to get sure seats in heaven. It would simply be because I want to do these things.

Also, don’t be surprised if you see me skipping communion, if you find me confessing directly to you, or if you hear me omitting lines from the Apostle’s Creed. I’m getting tired of organized religion.

If by living this way I’m buying myself an express ticket to hell, then so be it. Maybe hell isn’t such a bad place at all. Maybe they need a doctor down there.

I guess that’s all I have to say. Thanks for your time, God. You’d better get back to work.

Ah, wait a minute, there’s one last thing: on the day I die, give St. Peter and his rooster a day off. I wouldn’t want to meet him at the gates; I want to see you there. Before you send me to my final destination — wherever that is — I’d like to hear what you have to say.

That should be interesting.

Yep, the letter y’s should have been capitalized.
I’m taking my chances here, but I think God wouldn’t burn me in hell just because I didn’t hit the shift key.
Or would he?

2 comments

  1. Criselda Ann Villanueva

    Hi doc!

    Just want to share something to you, please read the following verses.

    John 3:16-18
    Romans 6:23
    Ephesians 2:8-9
    Genesis 12:2-3
    John 14:6
    Jeremiah 29:11

    Those are some of my life verses, I hope it can do the same to you.
    God bless!

  2. Greetings of Peace,

    Hey doc! 😀

    I read your blog and I find it very interesting. As what I understand is, that you are in the state of curiosity. It is not the inability to give judgment over things but the curiosity to find truth behind it. Hey doc, can I have a talk with you? I will talk with you not as a patient but as a fellow human.

    Every human being has this feeling of sense of purpose. Purpose of what? Well that’s where curiosity comes to place. We are looking for a purpose without knowing the main reason on why we are searching for it. Doc you are knowledgeable than me but I just want to say something on this regard.

    A man who learns from his experience is strong while the man who learns from others’ experience is smart. So I will act like a smart guy. Most people with fame, wealth, power and any material you can have in this world experience severe depression. Why? It is all because of that void in our heart that keeps searching for that sense of purpose. So I will be straight, I will cite some verses from the Final Revelation on what the Almighty has said about that purpose.
    You are now in a journey to be a doctor. When enrolling to a Medical School, we need to go series of test to qualify and pass the requirements to be admitted to the Med School. We tend to look on the curriculum and prospectus to understand and to assure us that what we are about to indulge in leads to our goal. So we look on the sources and references objectively they use in teaching us about medicine. We see their professors with ID/s should be authorized and qualified to give us the message and knowledge we need in our journey in Medical School. Then lastly, we need to know the Head who is overseeing the affairs of the MedSchool.

    The following are the terms in the parable given above:

    Journey – life in this world
    Medical School – life on the hereafter
    Test/ Requirements – Trials in Life
    Curriculum – doctrine and foundation of the religion
    Goal – Success in the next life (Paradise)
    Professor- Messenger/Prophet
    ID – signs/ evidences
    Head – Creator/God

    Now, let me borrow your five minutes. ?

    So in able for us to know who is He, then we should go to the reliable sources where He approved of, His Revelations, and it must be CONSISTENT, CLEAR, NO CONTRADICTION in introducing Himself and His message to us. As He mentioned:

    “No change is there in the words of the Almighty” 10:64

    “And the word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can alter His words, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.” 6:115

    “And this is the path of your Lord, [leading] straight. We have detailed the verses for a people who remember.” 6:126

    “Then do they not reflect upon the Final Revelation? If it had been from [any] other than the Almighty, they would have found within it much contradiction.” 4:82

    The Almighty, we knew this thru revelations to His Messengers and Prophets from time to time:

    “And for every nation is a messenger. So when their messenger comes, it will be judged between them in justice, and they will not be wronged” 10:47

    He gave glad tidings and warning for the next life to come, so that every human is accountable to the Day of Reckoning, to identify who are the successful (Paradise) and losers (Hellfire).

    “Unquestionably, to the Almighty belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. Unquestionably, the promise of the Almighty is truth, but most of them do not know.” 10:55

    “He gives life and causes death, and to Him you will be returned” 10:56

    The Almighty is indeed the All-Knowing, All-Hearing.
    Before we utter a word, He already knew what we would say, what is inside our hearts and our intentions.

    “..you [people] do not do any deed except that We are witness over you when you are involved in it. And not absent from your Lord is any [part] of an atom’s weight within the earth or within the heaven or [anything] smaller than that or greater but that it is in a clear register.” 10:61

    “Unquestionably, they the disbelievers turn away their breasts to hide themselves from Him. Unquestionably, [even] when they cover themselves in their clothing, the Almighty knows what they conceal and what they declare. Indeed, He is Knowing of that within the breasts.” 11:5

    The Almighty is The Just. He gave us the opportunity to search for Him, provided us clear answers and it is our tasks to seek Him. The Almighty never left us alone since the creation of man, gazing anywhere and asking what is our purpose and why we are created.

    “Then did you think that We created you uselessly, without purpose and that to Us you would not be returned?” 23:115

    “Those who believed and were fearing the Almighty. For them are good tidings in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. No change is there in the words of The Almighty .That is what is the great attainment. ” 10:63-64

    “And it is He who has made you successors upon the earth and has raised some of you above others in degrees [of rank] that He may try you through what He has given you. Indeed, your Lord is swift in penalty; but indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.” 6:165

    The creator is One. With no partners, no beginning, no end.

    Say O Prophet, “He is the Almighty, [who is] One, Almighty, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” 112: 1-4

    He gave His creations equal direct access to pray to Him and to worship Him, without any mediator. All your affairs is for your Creator Alone. You seek Him, and He will respond to you.

    “Unquestionably, to the Almighty belongs whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth. And those who invoke other than Him do not [actually] follow [His] “partners.” They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying.” 10:66

    “Had there been within the heavens and earth gods besides the Almighty, they both would have been ruined. So exalted is the Almighty, Lord of the Throne, above what they describe.” 21:22

    It’s a good thing, you would also like to ensure your salvation, for we live in this world once.
    The religion or a way of life should be natural and logical for every human mind and is applicable in every second of our lives. It should have no contradictions and it should provide us wisdom in all laws and doctrine. It should answers all queries and questions about our existence. The doctrine should be crystal clear, and not by merely “just believe” and mysteries.

    Doing good deeds without knowing your Creator can’t be just right. In able for us to distinguish what we are doing is good, it should be in the pleasure of the Almighty, according to His Rules He ordained. For whoever does something good as he claims, if it was bad for the Almighty, it will be recorded as bad and not as good deed, regardless the whole world will tell you that you are doing the right thing.

    “And it is not for a soul to believe except by permission of the Almighty, and He will place defilement upon those who will not use reason.” 10:100

    He said: “And I did not create the jinn (unseen creations) and mankind except to worship Me.” 51:56

    Worship means, doing everything that pleases the Creator and avoiding everything He forbids as much as we can. He is not looking on the action, but on the intentions of that action.

    The Creator gave us a manual book for His creations, for us to know how to operate and manage ourselves in this temporary life, before heading to the next life after death, by revealing His Final Book to a man for mankind, His authorized and legitimate Messenger/Prophet with evidences.

    “O mankind, there has to come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.” 10:57

    He is the Most Merciful, that he informed us what we should be doing here and with our lives, what we will be facing thru good and bad, and how we should react according to his given instructions. He warned us against the punishment He prepared for those arrogant to Him and disbelieving Him. He promised an eternal bliss for those who submit to His Commands, as what His Righteous Messengers and Prophets did.

    “Blessed is He in whose hand is dominion, and He is over all things competent -[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving –“ 67:1-2

    And indeed, there is among them a party who alter the Scripture with their tongues so you may think it is from the Scripture, but it is not from the Scripture. And they say, “This is from the Almighty,” but it is not from the Almighty. And they speak untruth about the Almighty while they know.” 3:78

    “And do not invoke besides the Almighty that which neither benefits you nor harms you, for if you did, then indeed you would be of the wrongdoers.’ And if the Almighty should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him; and if He intends for you good, then there is no repeller of His bounty. He causes it to reach whom He wills of His creations. And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful” 10:106-107

    Never lose hope in the Mercy of your Creator.

    “O mankind who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of the Almighty. Indeed, the Almighty forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” 39:53

    We have our own free will. It’s up to us, whether we choose to be successful or failure.
    Indeed God hears all prayers, He said when we pray to Him, he listens to you, not from the cosmos, rather, you of the cosmos.

    Say O Prophet, “O mankind, the truth has come to you from your Lord, so whoever is guided is only guided for [the benefit of] his soul, and whoever goes astray only goes astray [in violation] against it. And I am not over you a manager.” 10:108

    Direct link to your creator, with no partners, no beginning, no end. The Just. The Most Merciful.

    With these verses, it will fill the void in our hearts and gives answer to our curiosity. Ask the Almighty for guidance Doc sincerely and directly to “show you His Path, RIGHT NOW”, and you will find HIM. As He promised.
    There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in false gods and believes in the One True God has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And the Almighty is Hearing and Knowing. 2:256

    “Verily, this verses is an admonition, so whosoever wills, let him take a Path to his Lord.” 76:29

    “Then We will save Our messengers and those who have believed. Thus, it is an obligation upon Us that We save the believers” 10:103

    “And follow what is revealed to you, [O Prophet], and be patient until the Almighty will judge. And He is the best of judges.” 10:109

    May we be among the successful on the next life. Ameen.

    Salamat Doc, for your time.
    Referrence: Qur’an

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