Bea Holden, of Upyurs, Kyrgyzstan wrote to ask, “Should we thank the Gods for everything good that happens to us? If so, how do we know which God to thank? Is it always God One who watches over us or might one of the other infinite number of Gods play a hand in our good fortune? Should we just thank God One?”
Those are important questions. And they tend to confuse a lot of people.
Should we thank one or more Gods for the good that happens to us? Heavens no, Bea. Perish the thought.
Lets look at the easy part of your questions first, the influence of the Gods other than God One in our lives. The most widely held belief among Infinitian scholars is that the God responsible for initiating the sexual encounter that resulted in the Big Bang that created a universe assumes responsibility for that universe.
For the most part, Gods take a hands-off approach to a universe if They haven’t been assigned responsibility for it. Think about it. Why would They bother? It’s more trouble than it’s worth considering the incessant whining coming from the creatures that God One created.
Occasionally, Gods might play practical jokes in universes that aren’t Theirs. For example, They love to do things like crash an airplane but, against all odds, save one or two people out of the couple hundred passengers. They then sit back and laugh uproariously as people praise and thank whichever God(s) they believe in for the miracle of saving the one or two souls, while totally forgetting that the God(s) caused the plane to crash or, at the very least, let it happen in the first place. To many of the more sadistic of the Gods, that sort of thing is the height of hilarity. God 4532 particularly loves to do that. So, should we thank God 4532 for saving the one or two passengers?
Gods also like to vacation and party in other universes so They don’t mess up Their own universes, but vacationing Gods generally just whoop it up without moving things about or interacting with more than one or two of the creatures in that universe.
When looked at as a percentage of all human activity and consequences, the practical jokes, partying and vacationing affect us so exceptionally infrequently that it is fairly safe to assume that anything that happens to you—good or bad—is not a result of an action of a God other than God One, our Creator and the Shaper of our universe.
Should We Thank God One For Our “Blessings?”
This brings us to God One.
There are one of two possibilities with respect to God One’s work in our world and the opinions of Infinitian scholars are divided on this. Either God one shaped our universe, created all species and then left us pretty much on our own, or He meddles in our world constantly, controlling everything we do and everything that happens to us to shoehorn it all into his Great Plan.
Let’s look at that first possibility, i.e., whatever happens happens without much influence or control on the part of God One. If that’s the case, thanking Him for the good that happens to you would confuse Him because He wouldn’t have the slightest idea why you were thanking Him.
It’s never a good idea to confuse God One. He gets very angry when that happens because it makes Him feel inadequate. Trust me, you don’t want to be the one to make God One angry. If you want to know why not, look up the word “smite” in the dictionary.
Now lets look at the other possibility, i.e., that God One has His hands in pretty much everything that happens in our world. Here again, thanking Him for the good that happens to you would be most inappropriate.
Take a look at the “manmade” (or, in fact, God One-made if he’s controlling things) atrocities around you. Humanity has suffered horribly from a great many genocides, wars, tortures, terrorist acts, murders, rapes, child molestations and automated voice response systems.
Then there are the evils that don’t quite qualify as atrocities, but which are, to say the least, far from pleasant nonetheless. Include in this category offenses such as drunk driving, muggings, thefts, frauds, and horrible customer service.
And that’s just the malfeasance for which humans take the blame—which, by the way, is a bum rap if God One is pulling the strings. Consider also the evils of “nature” (or God One if He’s causing them to happen). I think you’ll agree that we could do without earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, tornados, fires, floods, droughts, ferocious heat waves, fierce cold snaps, avalanches, and rain on days when you want to have a picnic.
Furthermore, there are the diseases that we suffer from “naturally.” Do you really want to thank God One for cancer, AIDS, heart attacks, strokes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue fever, diabetes, shingles, herpes, syphilis, allergies, meningitis, encephalitis, the flu, the common cold, and far too many more to name?
If God One is responsible for all of the good that happens to us, then He is also responsible for the bad. Total it all up and you’ll see that the bad far outweighs the good. So, on balance, we should be blaming Him, not thanking Him.
Thanking Him merely encourages Him to keep controlling things here, and that hasn’t worked out so well for us so far, now has it? So, for the love of Gods, please don’t thank God One, or any of the other Gods for that matter, for any good that might miraculously befall you in this house of horrors.
Have a nice day.