I had the misfortune of watching one of the latest Bollywood flicks sometime back and since then this question has been on my mind – Would God barter? Those who have watched the movie, will understand which one I am referring to, and those who haven’t, you are blessed. Please don’t ever go to watch it.
When we ask God to give us something, do we honestly think that God needs something in return from us? There are couple of assumptions we make, if we believe this to be true –
1. First, that there is a God who is powerful enough to grant any wish.
2. Yet, this God needs us to give up something very close to us in order to grant our wish.
3. Lastly, we as humans are weak and incapable of getting what we want, on our own.
To me, none of the above seem logical to be true. Before you think that I am an atheist and don’t believe in God, let me clarify that I do, deeply believe in God. But my God, will never pain me to test me. My God, will never take something from me before he provides for me. My God believes in me, like I believe in myself. My God, has abundance of everything and he showers all that upon me. All I need to do is believe He exists not in places which are difficult to reach, but within me, around me – in the smallest grains and the largest mountains. My God doesn’t give me what I want, He shows me the way, provided I am willing to talk to Him with an open mind and heart.
Yet, I understand the sentiments of those who believe God needs favors from us. I was too, not so long ago, trying to please God through gifts, sweets, money and things I loved the most. I think, I was fortunate enough to realize God wouldn’t be God if He needed us to sustain Himself. Why try and barter with God – when everything is made up of Him, comes from Him and goes back to Him as it is.