Is God the Real Key to Happiness?

God, the Father watches us all everywhere.

God, the Father watches us all everywhere. (Photo credit: angelofsweetbitter2009)

I am sure that my handful of readers have noticed by now that I have a theme going this week, which happens to be the very first week of this blog’s existence.  The theme has been God and things related to God and religion.  If you don’t dig God, don’t worry, I will be blogging about many other things starting next week, but may revisit the God/religion topic from time to time depending on my mood.

Now that I have that out of the way, let’s return to the topic at hand—Is God the real key to happiness?

Each day, if you go out looking for it, you will find people who say that God (especially the Abrahamic version of God) has changed their life completely.  Finding God was the best thing they ever did for themselves because before God and salvation, their life was empty and miserable.  God changed all that and made them whole again.

That’s interesting, isn’t it?  Have you noticed a pattern with many people who claim to have been “saved”?  More often than not, they find Jesus when they are desperate, have hit rock bottom.  There is always some sort of turmoil in their lives that makes them wake up and accept God into their heart.  But once God sets up shop in their left ventricle, all their troubles miraculously pack up and leave!

They have proof that God exists because before they knew God, they were poor and hungry, couldn’t pay their bills.  But once God came into their life, the money started rolling in.  They couldn’t stop it even if they tried!  They were sick or depressed, and there was no hope for them.  But once God came into their life, they were healed by the blood of Jesus!  They didn’t need any medical doctors or psychiatrists.  God was their cure.

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Pat Robertson smiling about all that money he’s raking in from suckers who watch the 700 Club. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You see stories like that all the time on the 700 Club with Pat Robertson.   And sometime during the show, he closes his eyes and sees lepers and limbless wretches, and heals them through the power of Jesus.

And back in the days when I was a true believer,  I often wondered why I was not filled with this awesome joy, this windfall of cash.   Sometimes (I’ll even venture to say most of the time) I felt that God was ignoring me completely.  If God was the real key to happiness, then why wasn’t I happy?  I couldn’t give a testimony like the ones I had seen my whole life.

Maybe I was doing it wrong…

Or maybe, just maybe, the people who claim they suddenly found happiness when they found God are full of it and want to scam hardworking people out of their money.   Think about it.  Immediately following wonderful testimonies from people, you will almost always see an advertisement for a book, CD, or DVDs that will help you on the road to salvation.  You get it “free” with a “love offering” of “X” amount of dollars.

How do people not recognize this as a scam?  This runs along the same lines of all the e-mail and phone scams that the news warns you about every evening, and these so-called preachers and evangelists have done it for a lot longer than the Nigerian limbless boy who needs surgery.

God might not be the key to your happiness, brothers and sisters, but your money is the key to someone else’s.

Think about it.

What are your thoughts on this topic?  Please feel free to let me know by leaving a comment below!  And if you like what you’ve read here, why don’t you go ahead and subscribe via e-mail or RSS and never miss another post!  I look forward to your feedback!

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  1. Although I agree with your general sentiment, it’s tough to try to sum up God’s effect on people by boiling it down to the lowest common denominator. This is clearly true of certain prosperity gospel-driven Evangelical Christians, but it’s not necessarily true of all of the religions or believers in God. I think the real issue that you’re pointing out isn’t an issue with God, but an issue with people’s intellectual laziness, gullibility, and ignorance, and the people that take advantage of those with these traits. I’d say blaming God, or the concept of God, for the issues your pointing out is similar to blaming the founding fathers of America for the War in Iraq.

    • As a Deist, I naturally have no problem with God; I am just irritated by the irrational beliefs of some people who claim to be connected to the only true religion.

  2. Well, I find the people who extort money, as well as people who are hypocrites or self-proclaimed “true believer” a separate topic. I mean, it’s their greed and will that led them to that direction, I never blame God about that; he gave us the free will after all. They’re just using his name because they know people would tremble to hear the word “God”/ “The creator” or someone so superior.

    I find it irritating to see people who are clueless about being extorted. But these people need someone who can open their eyes. They need help too.

    • “They’re just using his name because they know people would tremble to hear the word ‘God’.”

      ^^You were correct in saying that, Sakimichi. They want to guilt trip or scare people into believing in God…and most of the time it is so they can profit from it.

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