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In "Bruce Almighty," Jim Carrey takes a turn at being God and at first uses his power to achieve mundane victories--like potty training his dog--before realizing the full measure of his responsibilities. We asked our contributors what they would do if they had a day as the Supreme Being.




If I were the Supreme Being for a day, I would have every person in New York City step outside at 12:00 noon and dance the tango. Appropriate music would play throughout the five boroughs and, because of my special powers, everyone would dance in perfect step.
--Edward I. Koch,
former mayor of New York


I would will that the Buffalo Bills win the Super Bowl--no, wait. Not even God could cause that.
--Gregg Easterbrook,
author of "The Here and Now"




I'd make the driver ahead of me wait in the intersection to turn, not back where he might miss his--and my--chance.

I would also make people say they "couldn't" care less, which is what they mean when they say they "could." I would make people say figuratively, which is what they mean when they say literally, as in "I literally died when I heard that." And finally, I would have them know intuitively that this is all for their own good and that I really am a nice guy and not an annoying grammar cop. Literally.
--Jerry B. Jenkins,
co-author, the Left Behind Series




I'd resign promptly. It is--as Morgan Freeman makes clear in the film--an impossibly difficult job!
--Father Andrew Greeley,
novelist and social scientist




If I were Goddess, I would send a wave of understanding, love, and wisdom throughout all of Planet Earth so that humankind and the rest of the web of life would be in better relation, not only for that moment, but for times to come.
--Rev. Selena Fox,
Wiccan high priestess & Ecospiritual minister




I'd stick the actual, historical Jesus smack in the middle of American Christendom today, like in a megachurch on Sunday, and then I'd sit back and watch all hell break loose. Jesus wouldn't speak English, of course, so there would be an instant suspicion of his true identity. The poor guy wouldn't know the book of Romans or Revelations. Worse, he wouldn't get the "Left Behind" series, and he'd be baffled when the pastor, through a translator, thanked him for the new gymnasium.

The hardest part, as God, would be what to do when the crowd turns on him.
--John D. Spalding,
author of "Pilgrim's Digress"




I would, with the noblest of intentions, make a monumental mess. Having seen the sort of messes I can create in my personal and professional life with my tiny little powers, I can only imagine what horrific catastrophe I could engineer with omnipotence. I'll leave God right where he is, thank you
--Phil Vischer,
creator of VeggieTales and voice of Bob the Tomato

On political talk shows, I'd input, ventriloquist-like, better arguments into the mouths of pundits on my ideological side. Then I'd force pundits on the opposite side to utter the words I have longed to hear from them: "Yeah, I guess you're right."

--Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief,
The Washington Monthly




Recalling the line,"If I had a hammer, there would be no more folk singers," let me say, "If I were God, there would be no more God-movies."
--Jack Miles
author of "Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God"




1) Feed the children
2) Lose 40 pounds
3) Let my parents live long and enjoy their grandchildren
4) Stop war for one generation, at least
5) Find a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli crisis
6) Let my wife get 2 extra hours of sleep a day
7) Get countries to spend their military budget on education, food, and the environment
8) Teach my children Persian
9) Cure AIDS
10) Get my siblings through their schooling
11) Remember the sound of my daughter laughing for the rest of my life.
--Omid Safi, Department of Philosophy and Religion
Colgate University




I interviewed the philosopher Sidney Hook in 1989, toward the end of his life. He did not believe in God, but thought believing in God was a good idea. I asked him one day what he would say if, when he died, he found himself in The Presence. Hook said: "Lord, you didn't give me enough evidence."

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