Meet God

Welcome to the Day 7 of The Belgrave Legacy Blog Series. The series spans from September 20, 2016 to November 1, 2016. Each week, there will be a theme with 2 blog posts (Tuesday and Thursday).

This week’s theme is Powerful Giants.

Here are the past posts, in case you missed any of them: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6.

No, not Morgan Freeman, although I secretly hope that—if there really is a God—he looks and sounds like Mr. Freeman. I’m talking about my version of God, who I picture to be Michael Gambon as Dumbledore (say he was bad in that role, and I will fight you). I made him a flawed, and morally ambiguous ruler. If you’re looking for a perfect, kind deity with all the answers, you only get ⅓ of that in The Belgrave Legacy: the omniscient part. I don’t even give him omnipotence, because then the whole premise of the story wouldn’t be necessary.

You first meet God in the prologue, where his somewhat unorthodox connection to Lucifer is revealed, and he breaks one of his own rules for the sake of the greater good. This is not the monotheistic god that appears in any monotheistic religion. But he doesn’t quite tick all the crazy, capricious, emotionally unstable boxes to qualify as Zeus/Jupiter from Greco-Roman mythology either.

Now, maybe this portrayal is a reflection of my psychological issues—someone once asked me if I created him the way I did (as a jerk, or as an “a-h*le” as one reviewer said) because I grew up with a single mom. I get why the person suggested it, but I will admit, it annoyed me that this person assumed my problems with the infallibility of the almighty was due to not having a dad. I can assure you: it’s not. It has more to do with the fact that I still can’t reconcile how any monotheistic god could let any bad historical event happen. It’s the age-old philosophical “problem of evil.”

At least my interpretation of him is merciful, even if he does have a penchant for manipulating people to do his bidding as much as Lucifer (just in a different, not as “evil” way). You can tell I’m not a huge fan of anyone “playing god” with other people’s lives, but besides making him a human-like character, he is still the God people think of and see in media.

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