Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Zombie Apocalypse part 1
Maggie (a member of Hershel's family. She finds Glenn alone on the porch) I'm sorry, were you praying?
Glenn: Yeah, I guess.
Maggie: are you religious?
Glenn: No, not really. I guess I just figure that we could all use some prayer now. What about you? Do you think prayer helps?
Maggie: I have to figure that with everything that has happened, there had to have been a lot of prayers which went unaswered. But, yeah, I still pray.
[During break in show]
Mat (sarcastically): I suppose you are going to tell me that every prayer gets answered - Yes, No, or not now.
Ary: Suppose I did say that?
Mat: That answer only satisfies the sheep. They are too stupid to question things rationally That answer is a cop-out. It's a way to justify whatever happens and leave god in control.
Ary: you realize it's just a television show don't you? It isn't real.
Mat: Neither is god.
Ary (smiles): What caused the Zombie Apocalypse?
Mat: In the show?
Mat: We don't know. Probably a chemical weapon gone awry.
Ary: So, something humans have done.
Ary: And you think it shows that God either doesn't exist, or doesn't care that He doesn't do something in answer to prayers.
Mat: or he is not powerful enough to do anything.
Ary: How many of the prayers do you suppose were from people who don't believe in God? Should He have answered them?
Mat: Why not?
Ary: Why would He? So they can turn their back on Him again until they are in another disaster?
Mat: What about his believers; why doesn't he answer their prayers?
Ary: I can't really answer for God, but suppose I was Him, how do I decide whose prayer(s) to answer?
Mat: By answer you mean - intervene in a positive way not the yes, no or not yet?
Ary: Right. I grant their wish.
Mat (sarcastically): I guess based on merit. The best person's prayer is granted first.
Ary: There are two problems with that. First, God isn't in the wish granting business. Remember, we said they were the wishes of the individual. God has His plan for our lives and if some one is making wishes which oppose that plan He is not going to go along with it.
Mat: Even if it means being chewed on by a zombie?
Ary: Zombie, cancer, heart attack. We are going to die from something eventually. In this case we did it it was up to us.
Mat: Up to us? I didn't vote for zombies.
Ary: Actually you did. From the beginning we have been trying to replace God, to become Him - We've had three chances: Garden, Ark, and Nativity. In each case we had a chance to live life according to His plan but we rejected it.
Mat: So it's our fault?
Ary: No, it's your fault.
Mat starts to object
Ary: And my fault. Each of us individually makes the choice to honor God or not. And, by the way, God doesn't play favorites; one believer is not more worthy than another.
to be continued.
doesn't play favorites.