Saying ‘May God Bless You’ May Be One Of The Many Dangers Of Doubt

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In this blog post, I am trying to explore something unusual and this may only relate to people who are believers in God; public or personal.

Quiet often we hear words like “may God bless you” or “may this festival bring light and happiness in your life.” My question of, why this element of “may”? Why this doubt?

Let’s understand the definition of the word may. The word means expressing a possibility or speculation. Hence, by saying “may God bless you” world mean that we’re expressing a possibility that God may bless the other person. But this is not true, and as per my limited knowledge, God has blessed everyone already in different ways and by adding a doubt element, we’re doubting the supreme.

WTF?!

I agree that it’s colloquial these days to say such things because everyone else is saying this. But to do something that everyone else is good? Is doubting God good? Let’s explore this through my perspective:

Is doubt a sin?

Yes. Doubt is an expression of our weak belief and a manifestation of our lack of faith. Of all the sins we can commit, doubt is the one most hated by God. Doubt is not natural, it is a function of our fallen sinful state. We were created to trust God and cast our hope on God. Doubt springs from pride and forgetfulness, it grows in isolation from God, and it ultimately will drive us to seek what we need from someone/thing other than God.

Doubt is rooted in our failure to accurately understand who God is. God properly apprehended removes doubt. There are really two kinds of doubt; emotional doubt and intellectual doubt.

Emotional doubt is and can be experienced by believers and followers of God. When we are motivated by fear for anything other than God, we allow doubt to take over. When this happens, our only response should be one of repentance, and reorientation toward God.

Intellectual doubt is less common, and more dangerous than emotional doubt.; being faced with the command of God and failing to follow the command because of your own reasoned disbelief. It is not reaction out of fear, but rather the fruit of a proud heart. When this happens absent repentance, the consequences are dire and permanent. The only hope for this doubter is a grace given radical understanding of who they are in relation to God.

Doubt is deadly when it is uncontested and given in to. There is no room for doubt in our pursuit of God. But doubt does happen. When doubt creeps in and begins to crowd out our view of God we begin to sink. Doubt leads to death when people choose to place their faith in any alternative other than God.

God—our hope—is calling out to us and when we have faith we can walk through the greatest storm; and even if we doubt, we must repent and cry out to God, and God will be faithful to take hold of our hand and save us.

 

 

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In Conversation With—A Garbage Collector

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I met this garbage collector many days ago. I can’t forget the moments we spent together. He was such a gentleman and we had a spectacular conversation:

What are you collecting?

Garbage.

Oh, you sell plastic and earn, is it?

Yes, I am poor rag-picker, Sir.

My name is not Sir. I have a name.

How much do you earn by selling these plastic bottles?

Rs. 300-350 per day.

This is good. Do you send your children to school?

Yes, I send my younger child to municipal school.

What about the elder child?

He’s mind-less, so…

Isn’t all humanity mindless?

LOL! You can say that, you’re a big man.

I am not big man. I have a name.

What’s your duty-timings?

Night.

You’re BATMAN!

Means?

Anyway, do others like you fight with each other?

No, we do it with togetherness. We have defined our area and scope of work.

I hope leaders of the country learn from you.

You are rich people, you can say anything.

I am not rich. I have a name. What is yours?

Mahesh.

My name is Agastya.

What do you do Agastya?

I listen.

Means?

Anyway, I meet people and write stories. Has anybody talked to you like this before?

Never. You’re the first one.

Can I be of service? Can I offer you some money or stuff for children or home?

No, no, no. You have asked and that is enough for me.

Have you met God?

Yes.

Do you see God in me?

Garbage is my God.

I realized God while cleaning utensils—I could see the almighty in the happiness, the utensils, the sweat but I never visualized this angle in my entire life.

God Is Watching Us—From A Distance

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I experienced a moment of enlightenment while listening to one song of artist Bette Milder. I have heard it 100 times before but never realized that it has such a beautiful meaning. And it’s so much relevant in today’s time.

We break traffic rules, litter, tell lies, speak ill about others, contribute to corruption, destroy environment, disrespect nature, engage in hypocrisy, disrespect non-human species etc. and comfortably believe that there is no one watching us at the moment. But we forgot that the supreme creator, our manager and destroyer is always looking out for us.

No one can escape the filed-of-view of the almighty and as the famous Buddhist quote say—the eyes of truth are always watching you. So, the next time when you are about to wrong, just think of whoever you believe as per your belief system, know that you’re on the radar of someone, someone who is going to give it to you back and teach you a lesson.

In Conversation With—God

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I had always been complaining and blaming that the almighty never listens to me. To my surprise, for the first time, I had a striking conversation:

I kept searching for you but couldn’t find you. You cheated me.

You kept searching for me only in temple, mosque, church etc. while I was always beside you. You cheated yourself.

I spent endless days and nights to praise you. You’re the one, isn’t it?

But you divided me into numerous pieces, isn’t it?

Looks like you’re partial to the few rich? Please make me richer.

You’re earning well by cheating everyone, isn’t that enough?

Please give me more.

You have millions in your back account, isn’t that enough?

I want more things—I feel unhappy.

Happiness is not in things, it’s inside you.

I pray for the warrior goddess for 9 days during the festival, can’t you see it?

Her vehicle—tiger—is on verge of extinction, can’t you see it?

Which is your best form? To whom should I pray?

I am one dear, only one.

You know, I won an award this time, did you see it?

Yes, you bought it, I saw.

What to do? Everyone is corrupted.

This is not between you and them, it’s between you and me.

Corruption has spoiled me, I wasn’t like this.

You have been like this since time immemorial. You’re one of my failed experiment.

I ran here and there but you never showered your blessings on me. You were never there for me.

You ran here and there but never looked inside your heart. I was always there.

You never answer my prayer.

I do, many-a-time the answer is no.

I don’t know what to say—was it a dream or my mind playing its trick on me—but the conversation has shaken me up. I hope, I can do better and be prepared for a better conversation next time. Do pray for me, please.