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I really do not like the thought of a God that makes things happen
Call it destiny, call it fate, call it pre-determination
Call it God’s grand plan or deity intervention
Call it whatever you want to call it – I don’t like it

When people say, “I want to thank God for helping us win a game”
Or, achieve a goal
Or, beat a disease
Well, it implies that God also made the other team loose
Or made someone else fail
Or selected others to die from the disease
I hope God is not playing favorites
I hope God is not sitting at the controls of a video game in which we are simply the characters

This does not mean I do not believe in God, because I do
I just do not believe that God is playing us like a video game

God created the universe in which we live
But, God did not select us as an avatar
God does not move us and those around us with a remote control device

Perhaps God works in mysterious ways
Well, so too does my son at the controls of Mario Kart,
I hope my actions are not the result of pressing Control A and rotating a toggle

I do not want to be in God’s video game 
I want out of God’s wii world and into a world where I can control my own movements

I am not Mario; you are not Luigi; and no one, no God, no snot nosed kid sitting in his pajamas at four o’clock in the afternoon on a gorgeous sunny day playing video games in a dark playroom has control over my actions, my feelings or my decisions!

Let your religious beliefs guide you as you will – I refuse to believe I am nothing more than a character in some grand video game conceived by a game-playing God.  I am real and I defy my programmer – whomever or whatever he/she may be!!

GAME OVER … wah, wah, wah … boink

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  1. Date: 10/17/2012 10:47:00 AM
    Wowser! Go Joe go! I totally agree, we have choses at every breath to make, choses to act for creation or destruction, both are necessary and WE decide for ourselfs which part we want to play [of course we can change our minds too!] ;) Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/16/2012 3:45:00 PM
    Nice win... pd

  1. Date: 10/12/2012 12:53:00 PM
    Joe, congrats on your win, very original...David

  1. Date: 10/12/2012 12:52:00 PM
    Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 10/12/2012 10:33:00 AM
    Your video game philosophy towards religion was well appreciated by the judges, Joe...I read this one thru several times and sensed your transparency and emotion towards the gift of free will...thank goodness for that!! A hearty congrats on this entry. gwendolen

  1. Date: 10/12/2012 5:47:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Gwen's "Video Game" contest Joe. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/16/2012 10:50:00 AM
    right on the mark, joe... man is the basis of all things!.. a powerful write that provokes the senses... beautiful!..:)huggs

  1. Date: 8/13/2012 5:12:00 PM
    I believe you are right. Good and bad things happen, with a few miracles. But we make choices and results for not only ourselves... but for those around us too. This country is great because we help each other when we can... making every one's lives better. Still, sometimes we cause pain where we could have shown light. But most is choices and circumstances we can't control. God gave us the choices we have to make, but so did others by their actions.

  1. Date: 8/13/2012 1:17:00 PM