So, this is a little different than my last post where I talk about the silly "miracles" attributed to their god. This is about manipulating god to fulfill your every whim.
When I find myself listening to Christian radio by mistake, and drawing from my past memories where I was an intense evangelical myself, the reasoning goes like the following. God, the creator of the universe loves me deeply. So, he is happy to fulfill my every need and desire and not just the big things. So, the evangelical god, not only cures my mother of cancer, he is constantly doing the little things, getting the stain our of my shirt, helping to find a Starbucks while on a road trip, helping me to get a refund on my taxes, causing the tree to fall (during the intense wind storm) on the car three cars back rather than me, killing a child and their father . . . but sparing my righteous butt. The paradoxical list could go on and on.
But is this kind of god the way he is because he loves us so much? I beg to differ.
Okay, I love my children intensely. If they called me on the phone and asked me things like, "Dad, can you come over and get the stain out of my shirt? Dad, do you know someone at the event center who can get me free tickets to a concert? Dad, can you play interference and help me get a parking spot near the door of the mall? Hey, Dad, can find a Starbucks for me? Dad, can you make sure my tomato plants produce good maaters?"
I would look at my kids, and I do love them dearly, and think, "What's wrong with you!? Isn't this pandering and manipulative behavior? I smell a bit of narcissism here . . . you know, my needs and desires rest at the center of the universe." I really do sense of lot of narcissistic behavior around this kind of me-centric god.
So this kind of god either fits in your pocket or in the Aladdin's lamp that you carry in your knapsack.
A really big God, you know, the one who could breath and create a big bang with all of it's complexities can deeply love me, because He is personal and has created us in His personal image. He can, rarely, step outside of the beautiful laws of nature, which He has created, but He can't fit in my pocket like IPhone's Siri.