On the down side, church attendance is falling pretty much everywhere. On the plus side? Who needs a church when you’ve got the internet. A Zoomed church community talking about their faith may not blow a room away like a gospel service turned up to 11, but it’s better than nothing — especially in an age of coronavirus. God will take what he can get when he can get it. It’s just how the world works now.
Also on the plus side — God’s no dummy. He knows he’s selling a product that fewer people want and even fewer need. The challenge: how to sell coal to Newcastle, ice to Inuit and being racist to a Trump voter.
It’s not so much that you can’t sell it as they don’t need it. They’re covered already.
God wanted to meet in person. He said he wasn’t worried about catching the coronavirus because, as he put it repeatedly, “Chrissakes, dude, I invented the goddamned thing! Do you really think I’d be dumb enough to make it something I could catch?”
I do actually. Seemed like the perfect place to begin:
HTLBF: Just to be clear — coronavirus isn’t something you could catch, right? I mean “you personally”?
GOD: How could I catch a human disease if I’m not human?
HTLBF: Well, it’s not strictly a “human disease” and there are people who believe you are a human invention.
GOD: Get outta here! That’s impossible. I’m the be all and end all. The alpha and the omega. The original cause — of everything! It says so — in the book!
HTLBF: In a book you personally commissioned. Indeed – those are all claims you’ve made. But you’ve never proved any of them.
GOD: “Proving things” is for losers and atheists.
HTLBF: Actually, proving things is how we figure out what’s true versus what’s not. You say you created everything?
GOD: Hell, yeah!
HTLBF: Can you prove it?
GOD: Can you prove I didn’t?
HTLBF: It’s kind of hard to prove a negative — especially when it’s completely made up. We can prove that at some point, the universe as we know it, began — that our universe is composed of certain elements and that those elements exploded into being when the Big Bang happened.
GOD: And who do you think made the Big Bang happen? Me — the Big Banger.
HTLBF: Okay… let’s assume for a second that that’s true. You’re the Big Banger and you made the Big Bang happen.
GOD: See how the whole universe suddenly makes sense?
HTLBF: No. What were you doing before the Big Bang?
GOD: What do you mean?
HTLBF: I mean what were you doing? After the Big Bang, you’re “God” suddenly. Before the Big Bang, you’re just Yahweh — hanging out, I assume.
GOD: I wasn’t just “hanging out”.
HTLBF: How did you fool people into changing your name from “Yahweh” to “God”? Yahweh’s your name, “god” is your job description.
GOD: I’m the world’s first proprietary eponym. I was “Kleenex” before there was “Kleenex”, “Frigidaire” before there were Frigidaires. “God” before there were gods.
HTLBF: How do all the other gods feel about you expropriating their job title as your first name?
GOD: I don’t worry about what losers think.
HTLBF: What’s wrong with “Yahweh”?
GOD: Nothing. It’s a perfectly good name.
HTLBF: So why change it? Why have us call you “God” instead of your name?
GOD: Can we move on please? At least can we get to the questions about why everyone should believe in me?
HTLBF: If you weren’t just hanging out prior to becoming “God”, what were you doing?
GOD: What’s it to you?
HTLBF: What made you suddenly decide to create everything? One moment, you’re fine with nothingness, the next, it’s like you can’t go on without there “being” things. What changed?
GOD: I’m not answering that.
HTLBF: Because you can’t?
GOD: Are you trying to make me smite you with lightning cos that’s where I’m headed right now.
HTLBF: What is it with you and killing people?
GOD: Smiting with lightning doesn’t necessarily kill.
HTLBF: It’s not going to make anyone feel better. Aren’t we supposedly made in your image?
GOD: What do you think makes you so good-looking?
HTLBF: So, it’s just your image on the outside then. On the inside, we’re nothing like you.
GOD: The goal was to make you like me on the inside AND the outside–
HTLBF: But, whereas you succeeded on the outside — since we’re as good-looking as you — you failed completely on duplicating you inside us.
GOD: “Failed” is kind of harsh, don’t you think?
HTLBF: Why did you flood the whole planet then? Wasn’t it because you failed with humans?
GOD: Noah wasn’t a failure. I got him right. And his most of his family.
HTLBF: Out of how many humans total? You got, say, five people right out of thousands? And what about all the animals you created? What’d they do to deserve getting drowned? What kind of crappy creator are you?
GOD: Careful there, pal — I could roast you alive just like that.
HTLBF: Actually, I don’t think you can. I don’t think you’re capable of it. You’re not really capable of anything.
GOD: Dude, I’m serious. Do not piss me off.
HTLBF: Funny — I was about to say the same thing to you. If you invented everything — mankind included — prove it right now by obliterating me. Go on — do it. I bet you can’t.
GOD: Screw you, dude. Deities don’t have to prove shit.
HTLBF: Because deities CAN’T prove shit?
(God pulls the wireless mic from his collar, tosses it and walks out)
The bigger they are, the more full of shit they are. It goes double for deities.