“Nothing is impossible with Almighty God,” Umar Saied declares with the kind of certainty so common to religious letter writers.
In his Kaieteur News dispatch of November 20th, he says President-elect Barack Obama is a gift from God to the American people. Saied’s God apparently runs a gift-wrapping service.
In my experience, a gift usually comes free of cost. But Mr. Obama’s campaign is one of the most expensive ever in US history, and his fund-raising efforts were unprecedented. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to ensure his victory. Apparently, Mr. Saied’s God makes people pay for His “gifts”.
Outside of the billions spent, Mr. Obama positioned himself, since his speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention, for this 2008 run, and has been working tirelessly since then to win the election.
The Democratic Party and hundreds of thousands of Progressive activists worked unstintingly for this victory. It seems that Mr. Saied’s God makes people work hard to receive “gifts”.
Because none of this was “free” in any sense of the word, I believe it cannot fall under the standard definition of the word “gift”, except, of course, in Mr. Saied’s religious imagination, where we are told “nothing is impossible” for his God. I’m curious, if you paid for something, in cash or kind, is it still a gift, or were you conned into believing it is?
Where impossible feats are concerned, can Mr. Saied’s God make a square in the shape of a circle?
Can God create a stone that is too heavy for Him to lift? If He creates the stone He cannot lift, then obviously lifting the stone is impossible for Him. Of course, if God lifts the stone, that would mean it is impossible for Him to create one that is too heavy.
Now, how about getting some religious writers to think first before tapping on their keyboards and sending letters to the various local newspapers? That’s something that seems very much impossible.
Justin de Freitas
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