Good Omens

I have been reading ‘Good Omens’ by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

A comic story of the end of the world(!) it’s well worth reading just as a humorous novel. But it has some interesting things to say about religion and theology.

I came across this:

“‘I don’t see what’s so triffic about creating people as people and then gettin’ upset ‘cos they act like people,’ said Adam severely. ‘Anyway, if you stopped tellin’ people it’s all sorted out after they’re dead, they might try sorting it all out while they’re alive.'”

This has a lot to say to us I think. A whole theology summed up in just two sentences.

Do you think, like I do, that Jesus’ message was all about living now and making the world a better place by what we do rather than focussing on a future (that no-one knows much about)? Are we up for the challenge?

I’d be interested to hear your views



One thought on “Good Omens

  1. Hi Mark,
    I totally agree with you in your reaction to these lines! Yes, we give thanks to God for all he has provided and have faith in his wonderful love, but surely He puts us on earth for a purpose to husband the earth and to support and care for our fellow beings and to show them through our faith and deeds God’s love.
    I went to the letter of James as he seems the most “down to earth” of the early Christians and read of his working with the resources we have and showing by our actions the way to a better life on earth. James encourages us to take responsibilities for our actions instead of blaming events or other people – even God.
    I am sure we have all been met when wanting to try new things with excuses – “there aren’t enough of us” “It won’t bring people into Church” We tried that and it failed” etc.
    I quote from one of my favourite hymns which keeps me going!! Great is Thy faithfulness. Particularly the lines — Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed (not wanted) thy hand has provided

    Hope this makes sense!
    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

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