119 thoughts on “I’m going to hell for this one, so enjoy

  1. Pingback: Re: I’m Going To Hell For This One, So Enjoy- E. I. Wong. | Ayietim Blog

  2. I don’t believe in God,
    sure, I think he exists,
    I just don’t think he has what it takes.- E. I. Wong.

    E. I. Wong, God exists,
    and He has all it takes to be God,
    only those who exist in the form He exists know this,
    they believe in God’s existence because they hear from Him and they see Him,
    in the things they eat, in the places they exist, they see God every where,
    and you can feel and see Him too,
    but you must fulfill this,
    and this is the only key that will open the door to where He is,
    you must leave your physical being,
    and exist in the spirit,
    God is a spirit being,
    this is who God is.

  3. I believe God is what is in us and not what people claim it to be ( in sculptures, pages… And the likes.) as long as you don’t unsee the God/goodness inside you, you’re not going to hell. 🙂

  4. I got an idea to re-write it… this made me think again; yep, that’s what my ego thinks about itself. It also sends me to hell all the time ( or tries) for not being perfect – I think I may not want to listen to it so much any more. Boring, and very predictable it is

    ” I don’t believe in me.

    Sure, I think I exist,

    I just don’t think I have what it takes…

  5. Thanks for liking my poem “Juicy”. I’ve been reading some of your posts and agree with others here that you’re very funny. Sarcasm drips from you and your tongue is very firmly in your cheek! I am a questioning believer. I can appreciate your view and what you’re saying here. Nicely done in so few words.

  6. I like to say things like “I pray to the gods that such and such happens” because believe in multiple gods is as ridiculous as believing in one god.

  7. I am so sorry you feel this way.

    God believes in you, even when you don’t believe in Him. If you ask Him to show you that He cares for you, you might be pleasantly surprised by what He does. I pray for this. Not sure if these would interest you, but a couple of books by Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness–first in a series of two–followed by Piercing the Darkness) might shed some light onto your questions.

    Thank you so much for stopping by my poetry blog.

    Best Regards,


    • 🙂 I think you might be missing the writer’s point.
      If you are praying for stuff, you don’t truly believe in God.
      You are suggesting that your ideas might be better for God to perform than his own.

      • I respectfully beg to differ. Jesus prayed all the time, and He taught His followers to do the same: not necessarily to expect that our demands will automatically be fulfilled, but that we share our hearts with God, then watch expectantly and see what He will do. As you have suggested, God’s plans are better than our own, and for that reason, His answers to our prayers are often different than what we hope for in the moment.

        I think our praying might be likened to a child sharing his heart with a parent. We know that the parent, who is older and wiser, may have different ideas for the child. But this does not mean that the parent does not want a glimpse into the heart of his beloved little one.

        I think that praying is a way of us showing faith that God cares about what is in our hearts and that He wants us to take the time to share our hearts with Him, the same as we would share with any other friend who loves us.

      • Nicely argued I think and very useful to the followers of men. Not an argument i personally could relate to, i wouldn’t be bold enough to say what god cares about and wouldn’t imagine he needs help to glimpse into our hearts. A very poetic response none the less.

  8. P.S. Even Christians who have walked closely with Jesus for years still have low moments when we all feel exactly what you expressed in this post. I was there a couple of times earlier this week. Do not be afraid to ask the hard questions. God can take it. And as my husband likes to say, “We serve a God Who wants to be investigated!!!”

    So, investigate away, if you are so inclined.

  9. Reminds me a little of Pratchett’s “Witches Abroad“ “Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman.” 🙂

  10. For the people who are asking, “Takes to what…?” the play in this quip is on the words, BELIEVE IN… Kinda like a football team BELIEVES IN (or doesn’t) its quarterback. Does the star player pass muster?
    I.E., Can God prevent Trump from being followed by a total of .03 brain cells in a collective of several million people? Can God save Syrian refugee babies from drowning? Will God throw the Hail Mary TD pass in the last 3 seconds of the 4th quarter of our blighted, ridiculous existence on this planet that we’re ruining (shouldn’t we at least be hedging our bets?)?
    To what extent do we/should we BELIEVE IN God, and in what ways should said BELIEF motivate us to contribute to/serve the world?
    Mark Twain advised, “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company…” Now, more than ever, I understand why…
    Thanks for this, Eric!

    Also, thanks for “liking” my review of Odyssey in a Teacup! There’s nothing like a good, old fashioned, sacred descent into Hell, for resurrecting one’s precious humanity…

  11. Sadly, underlying so many of these comments, and no doubt my own as well, is an unspoken story, a story resulting in one person deciding to reject God’s existence, love or abilities, and another, lifting God up as I do, praising him, grateful for his mercy and grace. I have felt his presence and seen his power routinely as he intervenes on my behalf and in the lives of people I know. But you don’t know my story and I don’t know yours. It’s easier to poke fun, criticize and second guess, but stories are revealing and get to the heart of the matter, but we don’t usually have that.

    People are hurting and we find comfort in blaming others. We are typically our own worst enemies, heaping loads of problems upon ourselves (and upon others too, sometimes without realizing it). And God takes the blame for most, ultimately, even by many of those who claim they don’t believe in God, an interesting situation in and of itself. Unfair, but commonplace.

    I’d love to have all the answers, even most, but we weren’t meant to have them all. That’s where faith comes in. I’m not saying that’s the way I would have done it, but then I don’t have all the answers like he does, standing outside of time, and frankly, I’m not loving enough to be remotely as patient and gentle with people as God is. As for whether he has what it takes or not, I have zero doubt in his abilities. That is something I never question because I’ve seen him in action (or so I believe).

    I am more likely at times to have doubt as to whether he will intervene “this” time, but he has an amazing track record, proving himself to me again and again. But then I actively seek a close relationship with him. I don’t have one yet. I still put up walls and do stupid stuff that makes it hard for him to bless me, but I am much closer to him than I once was. One doesn’t have a close relationship and deeper understanding of their spouse, for example, if one doesn’t take the time to build that relationship, spending quality time together, listening, reading the love letters, and writing one’s own, and yes, doing the honey-do’s, etc. Just a different perspective for ya. Anyway, thanks for liking my blog post and have a great weekend!

    • Cosmothea:
      I appreciate your passion, and many of your points are well-taken. Still, I don’t interpret Eric’s quip to be assigning blame to God for anything, and I also don’t think it has anything to do with the merits of believing whether or not God exists, per se (I happen to believe there is something that approximates our human notion of “God,” while some people do not, but I also think that individuals’ ideas on this matter are mostly beside the point…).
      What I do see in the quip is a good opportunity for all of us to take stock and consider (analyze, study, maybe even adjust?) what our concept (or lack thereof) of BELIEF in God actually means in a practical sense, which is why I asked in my comment above: “To what extent do we/should we BELIEVE IN God, and in what ways should said BELIEF motivate us to contribute to/serve the world?”
      What I understand from your comment is that your FAITH comprises a very important journey of personal growth and striving to understand more deeply your personal experience of/relationship with God. That is perfectly valid. You also mention that you’ve witnessed God intervene on your and others’ behalf. That’s beautiful and inspiring! And you bravely (and realistically!) express that your difficulties with “doubt” come in instances when you feel uncertain as to whether or how God will “intervene” in given circumstances. It definitely makes a lot of sense to question what you believe and why in such instances! 🙂
      Personally, rather than so much relying on God to swoop out of the clouds and make miracles happen whenever things are less than ideal, or downright tragic, I try to look for the deeper meaning/message/possibility/opportunity that may be presenting itself for ME to act, or grow, or change, or not…(depending on the circumstance)! That is certainly not to say that I equate myself with God! On the contrary, I believe that God is much, much more mysterious and UNLIMITED than people seem to want to accept (e.g., only God has all the answers, as you indicate). People want definitive answers and they want them to be easy (or, at least possible) to discern. I mean, why do churches proffer “teachings” involving hierarchies of power and rules, and ascribe “limitations” to an omniscient, omnipresent Being, who, by definition, has NO limits? I think the answer has something to do with the fact that it is just very, very difficult for human beings (i.e, NOT GODS) to wrap our minds around the idea that the “miracles” we fervently pray for just might not be the “Miracles” (with a capital M) that God is enacting in every moment right before our eyes/ears/intuition/etc. ALL THE TIME. And so, who is to say that some of these Miracles don’t demand of us, require of us, to ACT (that is, via substantive, observable, measurable action, rather than only via passive prayer) on behalf of ourselves and others in order for God’s salvific relationship with God’s people to be fully realized? Many organized religious institutions would have us believe that they have absolute authority to say what constitutes “being saved” and what doesn’t… It’s all just a bit too convenient, don’t you think?
      So, the biting message in “I just don’t think he has what it takes…” is not a criticism or denial of God (and/or God’s “abilities”), it is a criticism of humanity’s (mis)understanding that a BELIEF in God absolves us of the responsibility to learn, grow, question the status quo, and challenge ourselves to do right, and/or to do better by ourselves and by others than we currently do.
      Exactly because we have free will (whether or not it is God-given!), it follows that GOD does not have “what it takes” to force us into action, and to make us become who we will need to become, in order to save our planet and ourselves.

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