Imagine that you had the opportunity to speak to God and ask Him any questions that you want. What would you ask? After a visit to a local book sale in his small mountain town, that’s exactly what happens to Justin, a 30 something computer network engineer. The question that starts the tumult in his mind and emotions is, simply, “Does God Exist?” Justin and his fiancée Alex are reeling from a catastrophic situation that nearly leaves their life in ruins. Alex thinks that the conversations Justin is having with "God," are internally manifested as a result of the trauma. Encouraged by Alex, a child psychiatrist and atheist, he decides to seek out answers direct from the Divine and gets more than he bargained for. As Justin navigates the realm of Spirit, his world is turned upside down as he engages with God in deep question and answer sessions. There is little left off the table in these talks with God, and with each conversation his personal system of belief, founded in Christianity, begins to unravel. Justin delves into the nether regions of the workings of God and His interaction with man, confronting the deepest mysteries that haunt the human mind, mortal flesh and the Spirit realm in life and death. "And God Laughed" is the fictional conversation between one man and the Designer of the Universe, which shakes the very bedrock of all religions, not just his own. His thought-provoking conversations with the Divine will have you questioning your own closely-held dogma, lead you down a road of self-discovery, and allow you to find more freedom within your own beliefs.
While browsing at a library book sale, Justin spotted a book titled DOES GOD EXIST? He was raised Christian but had dropped out while he was a teenager. His fiancee Alex is a psychiatrist who is an atheist.Justin had been taught when praying, he should listen to God, not just talk. So he began a series of conversations with God which led him to separate the real God from the God as described by religions.The God he discovered had a sense of humor, laced with sarcasm. God tells him that he did not create religion. Religion was created by men as a means of control. The Bible is a good reference source but isn’t pure fact. For example, if God rests on the seventh day; why do people expect Him to be listening to their prayers in a house of worship on his day off.He is not a genie that will grant wishes if someone rubs the bottle. God says that while he knows the outcome of everything, having free will allows people to make choices. Bad choices are learning experiences and could have good outcomes. Without it, we would be robots. God tells Justin his main duty regarding his relationship with individual people is to provide guidance to those who ask. Justin works with computers. God explains that a brain is a computer and the software is the soul. He states “Man would be better served looking for ways to help others and his home planet rather than trying to understand that which is not understandable.”God explains how religion developed as a means of protection and intimidation. The development of language lead people to move away from God.He speaks of the fear of death as the great driving force and much is done to try to avoid dying. He explains what happens after death and whether there is a heaven and hell. He says one thing that happens to people after they die is not only do they review their own lives, they see the impact of their actions on other people. They discuss abortion, homosexuality, sex outside marriage, and war. The discussions lead to the marriage of Justin and Alex, who had been together (though living separately) for five years and engaged for two of them. Book winds up with a quick view of what happens after their marriage until the end of their lives.The author writes from a totally Christian viewpoint and, in the process, ignores or represents some beliefs of other religions. For example, God states he did not choose one group of people over another to be his favorite. That is a misrepresentation of the Jewish concept of being the Chosen People. In Judaism, many other nations were asked to accept God and be a light unto other nations. They all refused. The Hebrews said yes and assumed the responsibility. They never said they were better than others. Later on God says that people must ask forgiveness of those they have harmed. It’s a foreign idea to Justin but is a major theme of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.The book provides some interesting concepts but Justin doesn’t seem able to absorb a lot of them and returns to his previous ideas.I received this as a free Amazon download.read more
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