In religious folklore, there is a God, who does good and a Satan, who does wrong.
God and Satan were good friends, in fact, God created Satan, and put him in charge of the biggest choir in heaven.
Satan was an angel, then named Lucifer, the morning star. He sang the best.
But he fell out with God and he was banished to earth.
“Woe unto the earth because Lucifer has fallen”.
The judgment will be handed over to Lucifer and all human beings that do wrong in life; at the end of life. So the story goes.
There are some holes that can be punched into the story.
But it is very fascinating since it has held human beings, about 4.2 billion to faith in those things.
Hole 1: What if someone is born in a tribe in the forest, lives throughout life, and then dies? Whose wrong or right was he or she bidding?
Hole 2: It is not easy for a human being, having encountered this folklore to become righteous like God and to go to heaven. There is where the architects of the story introduced prayers for the dead and Jesus Christ. Jesus, it is said, intercedes for us, to give us, those that bend the knee to him, a safe passage to heaven.
It gets better with time to answer or rather to cover the questions that might arise in every age and time-space where humans exist. The old testament, then the new testament; from instantly killing God to a more humane one. Right? Right.
Hole 3: Why couldn’t Satan be forgiven by an all-loving God? Atheists love this one very much. But Christians have answers by quoting other well-written stories in their holy book.
Now, back to my question.
What if you pray the opposite?
According to Christianity and other world major religions that follow the same dichotomy of God and Satan, the prayer of opposite is satanic.
But I don’t mean it that way.
I mean, we always pray for good health, good job, and better luck. What if one prays that God kills them; removes them from their unending suffering/misfortune?
Because, that’s major one, Right?
In the bible book of Job, Job’s wife tell him, ‘curse God and die’
In modern times, you might fight to stay alive; you work hard and come out with nothing. You can even reduce your costs, live frugally, but still, you scrap the floor of the damp forest like a millipede, total lack of goodness and happiness. Then time passes you and you are at an age where many people depend on you;, costs high.
Then, you get lucky through positive affirmations, which you call prayer for good tidings and things.
You start out, but soon after, you are sacked again. Back to struggle.
You haven’t even paid your loans; maybe you get lucky again and land another job, but it is low paying. So, your time seems up, you look at a bleak future, you querstion everything, you don’t like the idea of living like a pauper in the rural area in your old age.
What do you do?
Doesn’t life at that point seem useless and the only way is to exit?
Seriously, am not a fan of seeing very old or very sickly people suffering, is it hope that pushes such to live? Hope, that stupid thing we hold onto for fear of the unknown. Darkness.
The writers of the folklore had one last trick, ‘do not put God to the test’, they wrote.
So that meant that you cannot try out things like questioning the almighty, even challenging him to a duel.
This, ‘do not put God to the test”, ensures that you live your miserable life, trying to get the meaning of life, which you can never find.
Okay, life is supposed to be hard, but the beauty is defeating ‘the hard’ as time goes by; surmounting every hard that comes by and not living in perpetual hardship for a lifetime. Duh!
Living one day at a time, crawling like a very grave sinner, as days go by, believing in an imaginary place called heaven. A place they paint as that one of singing and rest for eternity. How boring?
The idea of such a life, is to always hope, even when nothing great will ever happen in your life again, the idea is to live throughout and die in the end without cutting your life short, by suicide. To try a luck at better life in heaven, after judgment. Excuse me.
But some cultures did not honour these stories, once you fail at something, you terminate your life.
In Japanese Samurai culture, a ‘failed’ samurai slit their belly and stabbed their throat in an act of bravery, known as SEPPUKU, to die an honourable death after failure.
Now back to my question, what happens when you pray the opposite, that is, you pray to die after life has become hard for you?
I scream enlightenment!
Because as your positive prayer went unanswered, your negative one will most definitely also not be answered and you will feel the burden of guilt and turmoil lifted off your soul.
Because you now realise that a human being is incharge of his/her destiny and must do things, must work with his/her hands, move towards their goals, ask around, do, dream, fail, stop, move, etc
Create your own happiness or comforts.
This prayer opposite, is different from what witches, wizards and jealous people do. The three, Witches, wizards and jealous people do it against another entity.
This here, we are talking about an individual’s journey.
My mind is intellectually masturbating on the idea of an individual journey.
I have witnessed a man placing their sick child below a shed of a tree, then uttering expletives to God.
Woman from Northern Kenya
A woman was tired of the unending sickness of her child. She prayed and nothing changed, so she decided to challenge God.
She stood outside her Manyatta, carrying the limp, sickly and high fever baby in her arms. Walked a little bit to the nearby acacia tree, placed the baby on the shed under the tree on a Mkeka, and started hurling exolwetives to God.
“You have not helped me, be damned, you mother (strong expletive), the child is here (pointing at the helpless child lying in the shed), if you want, take it, because my prayer for you to heal it has borne no fruits”.
She then walked away.
A few hours later, the child was sitting on its own, asking for food and water to drink.
The disease fled, never to be seen for a long time.
I have also fought with God.
My child was sick, and I was jobless and tired of these schemes. She was sickly with normal children unending coughs, fever and such and it was very energy draining.
She had a very bad throat infection, and was weak and had a high fever.
I took the bull by the horns, went into the house, placed her on the blue mattress on the bed and told God in an audible prayer, that he has not given me any job, he has blessed me with a wife and child but nothing to take care of them with. So, if he so wishes, ‘am placing the baby on this bed, you can take it’.
The child became well after about 3 hours.
I didn’t even bother to check on it after the prayer.
I was tired!
Jobs suffering in the bible is very mysterious, God makes a wager with Satan. Wager means a gamble as in Betting.
He gives express order for Job to be afflicted, and it is an affliction for a very long time, with everything lost.
I argue that had Job cursed God, the wager would have ended sooner, and most likely nothing in the things he had lost would be replaced. But maybe peace of mind, good health, get new kids and live vile kutaenda. But he chose to persevere and was rewarded with double the wealth he lost.
Humans have a choice, to believe or not believe in God.
The choice is yours, shorter suffering or longer suffering; but no one guarantees that you will come out of your long suffering alive.
You might just end up dead before your greatness.
I twice prayed to die, and I passed the day and night without any eventualities.
Because, in the end, we die.
Breathe today, think and act!
Wrestle! (take charge)