[helping God]

[helping God]

At the girls’ camp, mom did a presentation on Sarai / Sarah and her life. After the story time, she asked a question:

“Should we help God? If yes, how? If no, why not?”

Sarah thought that she’s going to “make things easier” for God by inventing a clever way of how old Abe can become a daddy in his old age. “Hey, come here, hubby, I’ve got an idea. I’ve got that maid servant… Well, you know, I am old, God said you’ll have lots of kids… Well, you get my drift, don’t you?”

And just like Adam decided to follow Eve’s advice (which did not appeal to reason considering the circumstances), so did Abraham. (Amazes me, really, how much power we, women, got over guys).

Soon, Sarah and Abraham found out that God didn’t need their help.

Oops. 

… The girls got divided into groups and all went to find a place where to discuss the question. There were a lot of “politically-correct” answers like “No, we should not help God” and a bit of discussion.  However, I like to muddy the waters. I held in check what kind of questions I asked because I did not want to confuse the girls (who were ages 13 – 16, mostly), but I wanted to get their brains thinking.

“Why is helping God so wrong? Is there a way how we can actually help God?”

They looked at me, surprised that I did not say something that fit into the mold (personally, I hate “squirell questions,” but that’s a whole other story).

“Well, like Zhenya said, we should trust God – that is how we can help Him. He will not act against our will (unless it’s something that we REALLY need) and He actually needs us to allow Him to work in our lives. That goes for waiting for the right guy, finding a job, living our life. If we want God to help us, we need to help Him by allowing Him to work in our lives. That’s it – all other “help” on our part is only going to hurt us and others.”

It was a good lesson, I think. Even though I talked during the discussion (and later got appointed to be the spokesperson for our team to present our opinion), I have reminded myself that I should not try to “help” God.

Have you ever tried to “help” God only to discover later that you didn’t help at all? 

  • Answer to your question: all the time or too much of the time. I also have found out I make a mess of things when I do. Sort of like Abraham.
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    • hehe, we should form a club of "God-helpers" 😀

  • Max

    If God is omnipotent and omniscient, he certainly needs no help from us; asking him for anything is useless. If he's not omnipotent and omniscient, and just ignores our suffering, then he's evil.

    • He is omnipotent and omniscient – and I agree – He doesn't NEED our help – but I still believe that He gives us free will to choose what we want.

      • Max

        Apologists frequently bring up free will when a problem of evil is posed. So I have to pose the problem of evil – what kind of God would allow evil to exist in the world? While you're at it, why does God ignore amputees?

        • It's quite a deep question, Max. I do not think I will be able to sufficiently explain it in a comment box. However, if you are really interested, a good and logical explanation is given in the Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli, on pages 122 – 144. They discuss all possible options.

          And I am not sure what you mean by God ignoring amputees….

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