Tuesday, March 4, 2014

If You're Wondering if God Has a Sense of Humor, Just Look in the Mirror....

A friend once asked me if I thought God has a sense of humor. I told her to look in the mirror. "That's not funny," she grumbled.

I suppose whether or not it's funny depends upon whether you're human or God. I suspect God finds us quite amusing. He gave us free will, and what we've done with it has been, well, pretty funny when you think about it. As species go, we're spectacular screw-ups. From Eve's stupidity in Eden (what kind of dipstick listens to a snake, for crying out loud?) to the present day, we've managed to elevate idiocy to an art form.

Think about it. When the Great Flood came, how many people boarded the Ark? Though everyone was waiting for the Messiah to come, how many actually recognized him when he arrived? The list of missed boats is a long one.

We think we're the most intelligent species on this planet, but we get more wrong than we get right. And though some of us are arrogant enough to believe there is no higher power than man, God always gets the last laugh. At least we have entertainment value.

A while back, Joss Whedon, writer and director of The Avengers, was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly. In that interview, Whedon proudly acknowledged he's an atheist. He went on to talk about how his lack of belief made him enjoy writing that scene in The Avengers in which Loki arrogantly proclaims himself a god and therefore above everyone else...whereupon the Hulk snatched him up and slammed him around like a rag doll. As he dropped Loki and departed, he growled, "Puny god."  

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron recently began principal filming, and it's rumored the roles of Hawkeye and the Black Widow are much larger than they were in the first movie. This morning, it was announced that actress Scarlett Johansson, who plays the Black Widow, is pregnant with her first child. Sure, she has a stunt double--but depending upon how far along she is, she may not be able to wear the Widow's skin-tight black leather for long. I suspect major script rewrites may be needed....

I'm picturing God, watching and laughing. "Hey, Whedon--a little miracle for Scarlett, and a lot of extra work for you. Who's the puny god now?"


  1. Turnabout is fair play, it would seem, for the man upstairs.

  2. In one of the chapters of the Old Testament, God refers to mankind as fluttering doves. It's funny when you think about it. Oh, yes, and never make the mistake of saying, "I'll never do that." God will say, "Ha, ha." I know.

  3. Love this post...
    On a much more important note the fabulous SYFY movie "Sharknado 2" has been filming in NY.
    God does indeed have humor.

    cheers, parsnip

  4. @ William: And it's a good thing He has a sense of humor!

    @ Mari: Yep...if you want to make God laugh, just tell Him your plans!

    @ Gayle: Sharknado 2--that's not humor, it's punishment!

  5. Sharknado II Aimee will be thrilled :) I just don't understand, in every other respect she is an intelligent young woman.. must be the utter ridiculousness of it I guess :)

  6. Religion can do good but it can also do bad. As for humor...If we can't laugh at ourselves, we're in for an unpleasant life.

  7. @ Grace: We all have our guilty pleasures!

    @ Cheryl: If we laugh at ourselves, we'll beat everyone else to the punch!

  8. There's no manipulating the Creator. One of my favorite expressions is, "If you want to hear God laugh, make a plan.

  9. One day Whedon will meet his maker.

  10. @ Kittie: I find it amazing that most scientists are out to prove God doesn't exist...yet if you watch a simulation of "the big bang," it's impossible that anything so precise and spectacular could have been a random event!

    @ Shelly: Most certainly!


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