The Trouble with God

The trouble with God is that he is a great manager. He creates all kinds of things and leaves them to fend for themselves, confident that his creations will grow and thrive and evolve and that it will all be good for everyone and everything that is part of his creation. 

And that worked really well right up until he created the earth. He put it just the right distance from the sun, so that it would grow forests and provide light and warmth. He created rainfall to fill the oceans, lakes, and rivers. He decided that the earth should spin at 1000 miles per hour so that there would be sunshine somewhere all the time. Then he created all the animals, and one special one that would be the custodian of the earth. That was man.

He gave men the kind of brain that would help them figure out how to use the gifts of the earth they were given. And then, satisfied with a job well done, he left. 

And now, a mere several hundred thousand years later, we have failed. We have failed to protect this planet and all the creatures on it. We fight endless wars to conquer each other for power and gold. We build great machines and suck resources out of the earth with no regard for the environmental impact this would have. We breed like rabbits to ensure an ongoing market for all the crap we create. And we fill the sky with black smoke that is choking us all. We cut down the forests that keep the pollution we make under control. We keep taking and taking, and we will until there is nothing left to take. 

I really believe that we have veered off the road of whatever God’s plan may have been for the world. Because the trouble with God is that he evidently failed to recognize that entities that can think for themselves will eventually spawn aberrations that will think only about themselves and that they would eventually become the cause for all that is wrong with the world. 


Jim Murray
Jim Murray
I have been a writer since the age of 14. I started writing short stories and poetry. From there I graduated to writing lyrics for various bands and composers and feature-length screenplays, two of which have been produced. Early on in my writing career, I discovered advertising. While the other media have drifted in and out, communications writing and art direction have been the constant through a 20-year career senior positions in Canadian and multi-national agencies and a second career, which began in 1989, (Onwords & Upwords Inc), as a strategic and creative resource to direct clients, design companies, marketing consultants and boutique agencies. Early in 2020, I closed Onwords & Upwords and opened MurMarketing which is a freelance strategic development/copywriting/art direction service for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world. I currently write long format blogs in 4 different streams, encompassing, entertainment, marketing, and communications, life in general, and the renewable energy and recycling industries. These are currently published on I have, over the years, created more than 1500 blog posts. I live with my wife Heather in the beautiful Niagara Region of southern Ontario, after migrating from Toronto, where I spent most of my adult life. I am currently recovering from spinal surgery and learning to walk again.

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