Counting God, Not Time

If I just believe it will all work out
in God’s time, it will be okay.
But I can’t believe God has time.
Surely, I’ve never seen this God’s time.
Why would God need time?
Can you imagine knowing
that you’ll never escape,
that you’ll be in eternal pain?
God must never have pain,
but as I look around,
I’m sure God is in pain,
or maybe He’s dead
and we’re suffering
the ongoing pain of His absence.
I know better than to sit
and wait for God’s time
until something shows me
otherwise, I’m lucky
to have very little time left.

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  1. #1 by Carl D'Agostino on October 14, 2011 - 6:21 pm

    Despite Paul’s theology and its validation by Christian denominations I find the idea that our sins are forgiven by Christ’s blood as pretty primitive thinking. How can such a primitive idea of human sacrifice be the basis of the Faith? I think they miss the obvious that Jesus knows our suffering. That is the meaning of the cross to which I subscribe. Time? God has no time as He(ooops, there’s that anthropomorphism again) , as He is infinite and we are finite.

    • #2 by Carl on October 16, 2011 - 8:17 am

      Evidently, his power is not infinite, or he enjoys watching the work of the devil.

      • #3 by Carl D'Agostino on October 16, 2011 - 10:03 am

        Power of God the creator and the works of forces of evil battling and co-existing leads to many theological questions. There were many conflicting opinions to attempt an understanding in first several hundred years of Christian Churches and sects. Eusibius is the best read on the controversy to which you allude. Around 350 AD he wrote his history.

  2. #4 by Hudson Howl on October 14, 2011 - 8:13 pm

    Okay I probably wasn’t suppose to have did what I just did. I laughed while reading this. Smiled ear to ear afterwards. It was not a mocking laugh. It was a laugh of joy. What a joy it is to read something that questions what most fear -fear to examine. Questioning ones beliefs and the doctrine behind it cannot be wrong. It is perhaps, the one tool we have to break through the boundaries of being mortal (the finite). If possible at all. What wrong can come from questioning. I see none.
    Thank you for sharing this.

    • #5 by Carl on October 16, 2011 - 8:18 am

      Thank you for your comment. Laughing is natural here. A dolt poet is asking a bunch of stupid questions. 🙂

      • #6 by Hudson Howl on October 16, 2011 - 10:07 am

        NOT stupid. To not ask questions is stupid. Isn’t?

        • #7 by Carl on October 16, 2011 - 1:25 pm

          That is right – Closing the mind seems like the highest form of stupidity.

  3. #8 by scribbla on October 15, 2011 - 1:58 am

    Fantastic. I chuckled a few times throughout, but also found myself thinking about your questions. Feels a bit like a zen koan. My best guess effort could be that we are possible the second hand on God’s clock, and that God’s out meditating.

    • #9 by Carl on October 16, 2011 - 8:19 am

      I love that picture – God’s out meditating. Love it! That sounds like a new poem.

  4. #10 by Kay Camden on October 17, 2011 - 11:53 am

    I think it’s a comfort to some people to believe their life and their actions are in someone/something else’s hands, governed by the time of something with a higher function. That’s no comfort to me at all.
    God will die with the human race, and time will go on.

    • #11 by Carl on October 17, 2011 - 11:27 pm

      It’s all a very large mystery to me.

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