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Short Fiction: "A Conversation With God"

M. T. Dremer is the author of four novels and received a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University.

This was a fun picture to make as I imagined myself at my writing desk being suddenly transported to the cosmos to interview god. This guy (and his desk) looks nothing like me, but I will probably use him in the future.

This was a fun picture to make as I imagined myself at my writing desk being suddenly transported to the cosmos to interview god. This guy (and his desk) looks nothing like me, but I will probably use him in the future.

Introduction:

The fiction piece below is something I wrote early in my college days. The assignment was to write a story that used only dialogue. I took some liberties with it and turned it into a sort of interview between myself and god. For those unfamiliar, I’m an atheist, so that was the perspective I was coming from when I wrote it. Strangely enough, I found the process of writing for god to be therapeutic. For a character so influential and yet entirely absent from our culture, it gave me a sense of relief to finally give him a voice. Obviously my depiction of god isn’t going to match up with those who believe in him, but I wrote a few more pieces like this (that never saw the light of day) and each one of them helped me in some form or another. This piece went on to win a writing competition at my community college and, while the prize was only $100, it was technically the first time I had ever been paid for one of my stories. For that reason it will always hold a special place in my heart, and an important stepping stone in my journey towards a full fledged writing career.

I hope you will enjoy it as a man’s frustration with his place in the universe and a young writer’s early attempt to capture the divine.

A Conversation with God:

Me - “I don’t believe in you, you know; you haven’t given me any reason to.”

God - “Yeah I can understand that.”

Me - “Why though? If you are so infinitely powerful why not give people a sign?”

God - “They’re getting along without any signs.”

Me - “Humans worship you; devote their lives to you; blindly follow you. Doesn’t that bother you, or excite you? How does it feel to have such devotion without proof you even exist?”

God - “It’s nice.”

Me - “But they’re wasting their lives following a lie.”

God - “People can believe whatever they want.”

Me - “What if they try to force their beliefs onto others?”

God - “Well that’s not cool.”

Me - “What about the people who go to church because they feel obligated.”

God - “They make the obligation, not me.”

Me - “So it isn’t a requirement to go to church to get into heaven?”

God - “That depends on what you believe heaven is.”

Me - “Well what if I believe heaven is a giant ball of gas somewhere deep in the universe?”

God - “Then heaven is a giant ball of gas somewhere deep in the universe.”

Me - “So, it’s whatever we want it to be?”

God - “No, it is whatever you believe it to be.”

Me - “I believe we all go into eternal sleep in death; that there is nothing more. Does that make it true?”

God - “It makes you believe it’s true.”

Me - “But will it happen?”

God - “Maybe.”

Me - “Is there any way I could avoid it and get into a utopia heaven?”

God - “Not if you don’t believe in a utopia heaven.”

Me - “You’re just arguing in circles.”

God - “So are you.”

Me - “Forget it, I’ll ask something else… Did you create the universe?”

God - “I had help.”

Me - “Help from whom?”

God - “It’s complicated.”

Me - “Well is there a universal set of laws and morals?”

God - “Some of them are universal, but not all.”

Me - “Can you be more specific?”

God - “I could, but that would take a long time.”

Me - “Well, what do you think of science and the studies of the universe?”

God - “I think it’s awesome.”

Me - “Were the stars and planets created by you, or was that your ‘help’?”

God - “I really didn’t need to do much, it just sort of happened.”

Me - “So you really haven’t done anything?”

God - “I wouldn’t say that.”

Me - “Well I have seen no evidence of you doing anything.”

God - “Good, I’m glad.”

Me - “Glad that there is no evidence?”

God - “No, glad that you care enough to look.”

Me - “But that still doesn’t answer the question.”

God - “Does the question have an answer?”

Me - “If anyone would know, it would be you.”

God - “I guess, though even your best scientists don’t have all the answers, so why should I?”

Me - “You are the ultimate being.”

God - “I am?”

Me - “According to every religious person I’ve ever met, yes.”

God - “Well, isn’t that sweet.”

Me - “What about Jesus, what’s the real story about him?”

God - “He was a very nice boy; always wanted to help.”

Me - “Is it all true? Son of god, resurrection and whatnot?”

God - “I remember him being very religious and doing a whole lot of preaching. Though to be honest, that whole era is a bit sketchy.”

Me - “So he was forcing his beliefs onto people?”

God - “Not really, I think he just presented the material.”

Me - “Unlike the crusades, huh?”

God - “Those weren’t cool either.”

Me - “So why didn’t you stop it? And in that regard, why is there so much evil in the world?”

God - “Would you know what good is if there weren’t any evil?”

Me - “Probably not. But why so much evil?”

God - “Don’t look at me; your race is the one creating all the evil.”

Me - “Don’t tell me god is pointing fingers.”

God - “You’re pointing fingers. But I think you’re missing the point; you guys are capable of some really great stuff. Just stop blaming all the evil on me.”

Me - “Oh and just give you credit for all the good stuff then?”

God - “I didn’t ask for that either; you have all done the good and the bad by yourselves; I just watch.”

Me - “Well, how can you stand by with your infinite power and just watch all the horrible things like murder, rape, lies, greed, and manipulation?”

God - “If I did everything for you, no one would learn anything.”

Me - “Again; but there is so much, surely saving a few cases wouldn’t be that bad.”

God - “If I save one person, I have to save them all; God can’t play favorites.”

Me - “So instead there are no favorites.”

God - “I love all humans; you never cease to amaze me.”

Me - “What about Satan, is there really a devil and a hell?”

God - “None that I know of.”

Me - “So you don’t hold infinite wisdom?”

God - “Even an immortal being is always learning.”

Me - “So essentially you have turned all my words around and given me no answers what-so-ever.”

God - “Maybe, or maybe I just gave you all the answers.”

Me - “Well at least tell me the meaning of life.”

God - “Would it make you feel better if you knew?”

Me - “Yes.”

God - “Would it change your daily life if you knew?”

Me - “Well that depends on what the answer is.”

God - “So if I told you the meaning of life was to be eaten by aliens, would you accept it?”

Me - “No, I’d try to fight it.”

God - “Me too, no way I’m letting those aliens eat my brain.”

Me - “But that can’t be the meaning of life.”

God - “What if I told you the meaning of life was to find a penny, heads up on the sidewalk for good luck?”

Me - “Those are just mundane things; I want to know the all encompassing answer to life.”

God - “What do you think the meaning of life is?”

Me - “I don’t know. Honestly I don’t think there is one. I think we are all just part of a cosmic coincidence and are lucky to be alive at all.”

God - “That’s a good answer.”

Me - “Is it the right answer?”

God - “It might be.”

Me - “You don’t know?”

God - “Should I?”

Me - “Yes.”

God - “Well then I guess I do.”

Me - “And?”

God - “And what?”

Comments

M. T. Dremer (author) from United States on September 07, 2013:

harmony155 - I haven't, but I will look into it. Thanks for the comment! :)

harmony155 from Atlanta, Georgia on September 06, 2013:

Have you read "Conversation with God" by Neale Donald Walsh? The similarities are striking!

M. T. Dremer (author) from United States on July 21, 2012:

miss_jkim - I'm glad to hear that a believer isn't offended by this piece. It was a concern of mine both when I first wrote it, and now when I posted it on HubPages. The intent isn't to offend, but rather to frame my own version of how it might happen. Thank you for the compliment and the comment!

Borsia - I definitely think everyone would benefit from writing their own conversation with god. As you said, these wouldn't necessarily been the questions you would have asked and I find it a very therapeutic exercise to entertain those questions and see what your version of god might say. Thanks for the comment!

Borsia from Currently, Philippines on July 20, 2012:

All good questions, maybe not the ones I would have asked but all interesting.

miss_jkim on July 19, 2012:

From a believer, I must say this is a good hub. Interesting, funny, and nice to know what kind of questions you would ask God.

Congratulations on the win, the $100.00 and, I take it, the career as a writer. I hope one day I can say the same.

Voted up.