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A Beautiful Story

By Frederick Turner - April 6, 2007 12:00 AM

They said God did not hate us, after all,
They said we had to suffer to be free,
They said our sins were from a happy fall,
And if it isn't true, it ought to be.

In all the universes there could be,
There must be one that in the fall of chance
Made up exactly the machinery
Of God in his wild joyful dance.

They said he was a baby at the breast
Of an unwedded girl of low degree,
They said he was the meaning of the quest,
And if it isn't true, it ought to be.

And if this universe is one of those
That never had a lover at its heart,
Still, maybe, we should live as if he chose
Us for his coming from the very start.

They said he came among us just to die
As we do, but make death a jubilee.
They said our griefs all have a reason why,
And if it isn't true, it ought to be.

They said he only left us to be free,
And if it isn't true, it ought to be.

Frederick Turner is a TCS Contributing Editor and author of Natural Religion.
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Randy Newman's version
Cain slew Abel, Seth knew not why
For if the children of Israel were to multiply
Why must any of the children die?
So he asked the Lord
And the Lord said:

Man means nothing, he means less to me
Than the lowliest cactus flower
Or the humblest Yucca tree
He chases round this desert
'Cause he thinks that's where I'll be
That's why I love mankind

I recoil in horror from the foulness of thee
From the squalor and the filth and the misery
How we laugh up here in heaven at the prayers you offer me
That's why I love mankind

The Christians and the Jews were having a jamboree
The Buddhists and the Hindus joined on satellite TV
They picked their four greatest priests
And they began to speak
They said, "Lord, a plague is on the world
Lord, no man is free
The temples that we built to you
Have tumbled into the sea
Lord, if you won't take care of us
Won't you please, please let us be?"

And the Lord said
And the Lord said

I burn down your cities-how blind you must be
I take from you your children and you say how blessed are we
You all must be crazy to put your faith in me
That's why I love mankind
You really need me
That's why I love mankind

Assumptions
One of the worst assumptions about God is that all these things in the world are somehow His will.
Then why did Jesus teach us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
Obviously, because what God desires is not taken into account here on earth.
God gave man dominion. God does not interfere in our world unless a man (or woman) asks Him. It is called prayer.
We don't have what God desires because we don't ask for what God desires. Even when we do, we have our own ideas about who should be smitten and who should be blessed.

Results
I burn down your cities-how blind you must be
I take from you your children and you say how blessed are we
You all must be crazy to put your faith in me
That's why I love mankind
You really need me
That's why I love mankind

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