It is difficult to be in the mist of unthinking people as I had found myself at the obsequies of a friend’s mother.
Friends are of different classifications. It is fair on my grounds of hasty presumption to say everyone has one or few friends they are willing to boycott personal comforts in order to please them. Such was the ordeal which led to my encounter with the poignant church sermon of the Will Of God. What else would have taken me there, if not for the love of a friend in mourning?
I envy folks who are able to entertain bombastic nonsense being chorused into their hearings by the pulpit parrot.
The pulpit parrot in his typical mouth activities could not spare some of us at the funeral some respect to our sense of rationality, echoed “nothing contrary to the will of God can occur.” Reading a verse from the bible which was no stranger to the ears of this Son of David (as I’ve read every single page in the book), he backed-up his sermon by further declaring “everything happens according to the will of God.”
In other words, he was saying that the rueful demise of the mother of my beloved friend is nothing but an execution of the will of God. And this is not just applicable to her case but to all cases of misfortune and grave loss.
An active member of the church, she was. Mma Atim, as she was fondly called was one whom the Christian apologist would describe as a worker of the vineyard, who robbed herself of comfort in other to “please God” or “do God’s work”, like the Christian community would put it. As such, her death definitely sparked silent questioning in the minds of the church members and believers at her funeral, “Why Mma Rita”, “Why did God allow this happen to her despite her services in his house?” “Why? Why? Why?” One could feel it in the air as the silence of grieve spoke more words than the lips. The preacher was only trying do that which he knows best- reconciling the gullibility and fear of the sheeple back to the status quo. His business was silently being threaten.
My friend’s Mum was entirely not an old woman, so to speak. Her demise cannot be tagged “a call to glory”. She was just 55 and suffered a painful battle with cancer, which in turn humbled her to the dust; luring her to the other side of non-existence. And so, the parrot of the ‘Good News’ was implying that it was some God’s plan to terminate her existence in a rather torturing and sadistic way. He must be so benevolent.
The sermon, though insensitive and pesky to the hearing of a rational mind, however, the preacher of this bombastic nonsense was not making this up. He is definitely correct in the philosophy of theology.
Ecclesiastes 6:10 (NET) “WHATEVER HAS HAPPENED WAS FOREORDAINED, AND WHAT HAPPENS TO A PERSON WAS ALSO FOREKNOWN. IT IS USELESS FOR HIM TO ARGUE WITH GOD ABOUT HIS FATE BECAUSE GOD IS MORE POWERFUL THAN HE IS.”
Unknown to the theologian and believer, the above has cornered and implicated sky-daddy into the participation of malevolence and wickedness, mischief, sadism, insensitivity, irrationality and psychopathic filth. If everything happens according to his will, then all evil are his will and none should be blame of fault of whatsoever but him.
To elongate the injury to the senses, the preacher bombarded the congregation to live a sin-free life as they shall surely give an account of their earthly stewardship to the sky-man. Again, they shoot themselves on the foot.
If everything that happens is allowed by God and is as according to his will, then there can be no such thing as sin and free will. As all happenstance is nothing but an execution of the directives and imaginations of God, thus no man does anything of his will but only what God has already preordained.
Thus Hitler, Isis, Bin Laden and world wars, are the will of God, all genocides, murders, illnesses are the will of God, human barbarism is not actually human barbarism but the sportsmanship of the will of God. The hungry starved third-world child and women is the will of God. The terrorists, criminals, bloody dictators and disasters are plays of God’s will. Since everything is God’s plan and nothing can happen if he permits it not, then no man is a sinner and no man can be held accountable by him since all things are merely acting-up as he scripted. And since he is All good and righteous then every tragedy which man thinks it is, is not actually a tragedy but a manifestation of his righteous and loving will.
I must have written this because it is the will of God and you are reading it because it is his will also. How awesome does this sound to you? The good thing is that he is imaginary.
By Imoh “Son of David”