Secular VIP of the Week: God on Facebook

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The Richard Dawkins Foundation was fortunate enough to sit down with God himself for an interview. Well, God on Facebook. Behind the funny memes we found a person devoted to helping others and advocating critical thinking.

 

***Important note***

As part of this interview, the Richard Dawkins Foundation confirmed the identity of God on Facebook, that his mother recently passed away, and that his father has outstanding debts, as stated in his recent fundraising campaign.


RDF: So you’re the man behind God, what got you started with this? I hear that you’ve got a lot of fans who don’t just enjoy what you write, but that may actually need help

GOD ON FACEBOOK:  That’s correct. Well, I started out by wanting to make people laugh, I wanted to be a comedy writer; that’s always been my dream. And over time I’ve gotten a lot of hate mail of angry Christians or what have you, and I responded in a funny way or in a polite way or sometimes I pulled out Bible verses and put those in their face and then I’d post those conversations and people love that ‘cause they’re hilarious.

That was about the first year of the page. And then I started to get at a certain point where someone would write to me saying “I think I’m going end It tonight, I don’t want to live anymore”…


 

RDF: Oh my god, and what happened?

GOD ON FACEBOOK: I wrote back to him and I said “Please, don’t do that…” and over time I came to realize that what you’re legally supposed to do is to provide them with resources that they can access that might help them. At a certain point of time I would just say “please, don’t do that, there’s so much to live for” and try to talk them and then I realized… you know what? I’m just a comedy writer and this is just messaging through Facebook and yes, this is helping them, to know that someone they’re a fan of is (responding) to them – like if I wanted to kill myself, and George Carlin was talking to me and telling me not to, that’s powerful.

But, what’s more powerful is for them to talk to a professional therapist whom it’s their job and profession and that’s all they do all day. So I started distributing the National Suicide Hotline number and also there’s a link that I found that’s really good and I’d say “Read this first if you’re contemplating suicide” and it just does a fantastic job (the website) saying why you shouldn’t do that … so that’s my default approach at this point and I get hundreds and hundreds of messages a day and 90% of them might be “I love what you do here, keep it going” and some of them might be “My kitty died and I’m sad” and that’s the lower end of the spectrum of people that need help but what I basically do is skim through the messages and just for someone that’s saying “I want to end it all” because they’re the people that need to be helped, they’re the people that need someone to respond to them.

And sometimes if I have the time I’ll respond to other people; there was a guy the other day that said that he was struggling with Lyme disease and that he probably was a burden to his family and I just responded with the Dylan Thomas’ poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and then I posted the conversation, of course I covered up his name and picture, and said “Hey everybody, let’s give Jeff some encouragement” and the people of the page are just amazing, we got one thousand comments of people giving him support and not only that but people that had suffered the same predicament were posting informational links and names of doctors and so on and so forth.

I got back to him after that and said “Hey, Jeff, check out this post and make sure you read every comment, you should try checking out these doctors” and he was so thankful because that was actual logistical and informational help that could help him.
 


RDF: So you’re doing a fundraiser that goes to your Dad… but it’s essentially a fundraiser to help support the work that you’re doing for free. Why have you chosen to give your Dad a vacation VS raising money for cancer or whatever?

GOD ON FACEBOOK: A month ago my mom suddenly died of a cardiac arrest, a week before Thanksgiving, and I went out there, we did the funeral, we did all that and then I had to leave. The day before Thanksgiving I got a call from my dad saying that there wasn’t a life insurance. He thought he was the full claimant (for my mom’s insurance), and we thought okay so this horrible thing has happened but he’s going to be okay… He found out that she’d cancelled her life insurance four months prior… and he just sounds like he’s dying, he’s crying his eyes out, so I in a haze, in a bore, put out this campaign to see if I could raise some money to cheer him up. My wife tried to stop me but I did it anyway. The first night it raised $5,000 dollars and within 24 hours it had gotten over $20,000.


 

RDF: That’s amazing, congratulations. I see that it’s passed $36,000 now and hopefully some of us will try to help you.

GOD ON FACEBOOK: And I definitely have tried to stop promoting it because that’s way beyond the initial $5,000 goal but you can’t stop an Indiegogo campaign once you’ve started… And well I am giving that money to charity, I’m giving it to my dad who is a charity case and the people that contributed all know that and the reason that they contributed is because of them said that I’d helped them in the past.

I feel like this is a wonderful life moment, I didn’t know that there was going to be that type of response but it shows that picture because I’ve gotten out of my way every single day to help people that need help and it’s just amazing how it came back. It was beyond my wildest imagination that people would write to me “You talked to me 2 months ago when I was going through my divorce and it really helped me” and there’s thousands of those sorts of comments. It has hurt me quite a bit that there’s some people that have accused me of being a scam artist or doing this or that and I wish that I could talk to that reporter and personally verify with that person all the facts of the case, show them the obituary, send them everything and then show the world that this is true.


 

RDF: Why don’t you send it to me, I’ll keep it confidential, and I’ll help you to confirm it?

GOD ON FACEBOOK: I would love to. My agent would want you to sign a confidentiality agreement because part of her responsibility is to keep my identity anonymous but I would love to do that, there is nothing more than I want to do than that because it’s so strangely hurtful (when I get those comments). I’d say that 99% of the people understand that this is true. I’ve been doing this for 2 years and all of the sudden it happens. They’re smart enough to know me, the person behind it, and they know my writing style, they just know it…


 

RDF: I get it. It bugs you because that 1%, they’re irritating…

GOD ON FACEBOOK: And I understand being skeptical so I just want to remove their skepticism


 

RDF: Let me ask you about the attitude that you have about god. I notice that god has got a bit of a butthole/dirty mind. What is your sense of humor target people?

GOD ON FACEBOOK: I feel very conflicted because on the one hand I have absolutely no evidence of god or anything of that nature and I’m a person that believes in evidence and I absolutely do not believe in any religion; every religion has been very obviously created and written by men, is as probably the concept of god. However, I do believe in the premise behind the movie “The life of Pi”, have you seen that?


 

RDF: Sure, the idea is that if a delusion is beautiful is better than the truth – Personally, I don’t agree with that, but…

GOD ON FACEBOOK: I won’t say believe it, but I understand it…


 

RDF: Saying, “I understand it” in a similar way that we understand the people who are trying to quit smoking it’s difficult to do but you don’t need to smoke to understand it?

GOD ON FACEBOOK: I feel pity, more than anything…


 

RDF: You feel empathy, I hope, more than pity, for people that get sucked into it.

GOD ON FACEBOOK: Yeah, maybe that’s a better word.


 

RDF: You know, people always make fun of Tom Cruise for being a Scientologist, but that’s a cult that draws you in. It’s not really the fault of the members of the cult.

GOD ON FACEBOOK: It’s the same thing, totally, but experiencing the loss of a parent, or anyone, in the last month has been especially hard for me as an agnostic-atheist to deal with because I don’t believe there’s a Heaven and I understand that (believing) that makes it easier for people to deal with it.

My dad was a minister at one point, he’s a retired minister now, and a very good one. Not the ideological, firebrand style, but more of the Theologian school of thought. So that’s what made me choose the subject because you have to write what you know and that has been there my whole life, torturing my mind.

“Dad, please explain this or such question” and here comes the bullshit answer… I could tell he always knew… I kind of see the dichotomy or both sides of the subject and I’ve got to keep that in mind and have empathy for people, these poor souls, that are surrounded by it and maybe they don’t have the IQ that you or I have and they don’t have the variables needed to make them understand and choose atheism. Maybe their culture or maybe everyone around them us very religious and it’s hard for them to express how they truly feel. Maybe they’re poor and prayer is their only way of release. There’s just a million reasons to why someone would become an atheist or why they won’t.

Countries that are more educated have a much high percentage of atheists and it’s definitely interesting…


 

RDF: Is there anything else you’d want to talk about?

GOD ON FACEBOOK: I want to steer people towards critical thinking, whether they know it or not. A lot of religious people love my page and whether they realize it or not I’m suddenly influencing them toward a more logical approach.


 

RDF: It’s a really good Christmas message for us atheists that we have to show kindness and tolerance to those who believe because it’s not really their fault, they’re being a little bit dopey but you know what? We’re all a little bit dopey. I weigh almost 200 pounds and I still think someone might date me so I’m being dopey in my own way.

GOD ON FACEBOOK: Exactly.


 

RDF: We’re all dopey in some way.

GOD ON FACEBOOK: We are and I see that there’s good and bad on both sides, I see and understand why atheists are thought to be condescending, I understand why religious people are stereotyped as being… what word do I choose? Where do I even begin?

And that’s the beautiful thing about my page. It doesn’t matter if you’re atheist, it doesn’t matter if you’re religious, it doesn’t matter what you are: if you’re a good person, you’re good. That’s it. Do good and feel good.


 

You can find God at: facebook.com/TheGoodLordAbove

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been a fan of God for some time now. his responses to the threats and insults are always hilarious. plus being god he gets to call them “atheists” for disrespecting him. genius.

  2. This can’t be right.

    No one’s interviewed Me since the Deluge , and I can’t get an update.

    GOOGLE’s no help either.

    Interviews by Appointment Only, and I haven’t authorized appointments since the Big Bang.

    If’s that’s not good enough, yah’ll are gonna have to find a better way to look out after…YOURSELVES.

    My Shop is closed.

    Don’t knock again.

  3. Okay, really…. Trying not to troll…. For real….

    Background on me:
    1. Believes in God, though cannot define
    2. Believes in the ability of religions the world over to contain useful information
    3. Has had psychedelic experiences which led me to a stronger, yet somehow less defined belief in God.
    4. Hasn’t been to a church or sermon in a long time
    5. Tries to talk to God
    6. Believes in good and the power of doing good
    7. Believes all of politics to be as much a sham as corrupt religion

    This article smells like two athiests co-signing eachother’s bullsh!t. If either of these individuals were agnostic, as the claim was made in the article above – they would be ending their factualesque-opinions with “but we’re only human, so we don’t really have the capacity for that type of knowledge”. INSTEAD, we have ourselves here some smarmy banter from two people who obviously hate religion.

    But that’s fine, some terrible atrocities have been committed by religions the world over – and we know this. I concur on the point that some people DO actually get sucked into messed up congregations, and become part of some ugly and hateful operations; HOWEVER at that point, and I’m drawing from Dr. Carl Sagan, you are really just using your own limited life experience to judge others. Which is ALMOST logical, because as humans, we can only know what we’ve experienced in our time here on this planet, and react accordingly to new stimuli – but I would liken this type of athiest butthurtedness to the following scenario:

    A young person who is sexually assaulted by a bearded attacker, and for the rest of their lives, never trusts anybody with facial hair nor being able to have sexual contact because of constantly reliving that one horrible experience.

    Does this person reduce their risk of being taken advantage of? Sure.

    Is this person missing out on the idea of love and the joy that compatible companionship affords? (I know, I’m begging the question)

    Is it right to judge all those bearded men? No.

    It’s interesting to note that the comedy writer going by the pen-name “god on facebook” has no problem posting judgmental meme’s to FB; I’m no expert on psychology, but somehow, the compartments of your mind won’t allow you to acknowledge that you are blindly judging a mass of people, while you claim to abhor religion for it’s blind judgement on others. How typically… HUMAN. Then again, you could just hide behind the guise that it’s all for comedy, and I should lighten up – but in reality, it would be an underhanded rouse to skirt the err in your self proclaimed logic-teachings to all the intellectuals on facebook (an oxymoron in itself), and would elude highly to white-washing methods used by our beloved politicians. (and may God have mercy on your soul if you believe in anything any politician says)

    The world needs laughter, all the time, now more than ever, no “if”s “and”s or “but”s, so I support you there – I wouldn’t have liked you on FB if I didn’t feel that you had good intentions. I do want to honor you, as a person, for reaching out to help other people. “Mad Props”, I got all tingly when I read that part of the article.

    I just feel (for as much as one man’s opinion is worth) your assertion that God is a man made construct takes in only selective factoids which YOUR individual feelings and YOUR individual mental capacity have allowed you to perceive as “evidence”, while discarding that which you disagree with. Surely, you can’t be serious. (insert awesome “Airplane” line here. damnit, I miss Leslie Nielsen and his silly movies).

    I – as made obvious by my huge, erect retort – feel that God is as much a man made invention as Mathematics is… In that God is not an invention, God is an extremely complex output occurring in dimensions higher than our 5 senses can receive. We could probably try to justify that God isn’t some silvery bearded, robe-clad, gold street walking Mac-Daddy because those notions are “silly”, but there are lots of silly things in our reality, nature, and Mathematics that ARE REAL. You claim God is man made, yet so are the symbols we have chosen to use to communicate Math across the Earth – yet that doesn’t make the construct of Mathematics a farce, does it???

    Everyday, new discoveries in quantum studies are bringing qualified, degree holding “geniuses” to God and the notion that maybe they don’t exactly know the why’s and how’s that they thought they did. And don’t get me started on Stephen Hawking proclaiming that there is no God…. He must have learned everything there is to know! Come on! The man is amazing, but, alas, he is just a man, and just a fallible as you and I.

    Would it be right for me to judge every athiest I meet just because on FB or Fark.com because they run in packs fashionably bashing every “tea-bagger” and “delusional christian” that expresses his opinion? NO! And the fact is, that this sort of mob mentality running rampant on forums all across the internet is JUST AS PATHETIC as the supposed view that Christians showing up to church every sunday are brainwashed/braindead. Good job, you plugged in an ethernet cable into an extremely complex computational device which took teams of inventive individuals tons of labor and decades to ultimately create a dumbed-down “user interface” for you: you are now fit to tell people why they are wrong – get a life.

    You want to prove Christians wrong? It’s been philosophically stated SEVERAL different ways that whatever you fight, you become. So instead of taking vitriol spewed by one grumpy/asshole “Christian” troll (who isn’t a Christian in the first place if they are blindly hurling inflammatory remarks) and turning around to burn other Christians because you feel trampled upon, remember – you are lowering yourself to a very childish level – and no real knowledge, no real wisdom is gained on either side. There are no real victories in these self serving J/O sessions – just precious time lost, never to be recovered.

    What does it matter the funny ceremonies and holidays that people hold dear? People love to celebrate, is that dopey? They are just trying to hold on to knowledge and information that has been passed down (and, I’ll admit, sullied) from generation to generation! So fucking what??? You want to blast Christmas because it’s “dopey”?? All I see is people coming together with their families and enjoying good food and laughing so they can forget about the complexities of it all and JUST ENJOY SOME MOMENTS IN TIME.

    Why do the funny ceremonies bother you? Christmas is “dopey”? Isn’t it equally as idiotic to try and judge people for idiotic behavior??? So what December 25th isn’t the day Jesus was really born? I see people cheering up, I see the warmth of humanity, I see athiest and Christians alike reaching out to help people – so where’s the problem? Ok, go ahead and point at the obvious materialism and spoiling/entitling of young children – you can focus and zoom in reeeeeeeeeal close on that and watch it grow. I’ll be focusing on preserving the human spirit, pouring out all the kindness I can, running my bank account to the last dollar – I’ll be watching all of THAT grow – not wallowing in my own cynicism while my life’s blood leaves my being second after grueling second.

    Let’s get it straight, athiests and christians have more in common than they would like to think – both have their racketeering inner circles, both have their half-truths (empirical evidence my ass, it’s only the year 2014 – we still don’t know shit), both have untouchable idols that people froth at the mouth over, and both have their absolutely REEKING monuments of self professed transcendence.

    Rise above my fist, you ignorant farkwads (everybody the world over included!)

    Do Good – that little feeling inside of you that tells you what’s right and what’s wrong – that’s a manifestation of God: whatever the fark it really is; Not the Christian God, not the Islamic God, not the athiest God, not a pagan God, just an ethereal thing we couldn’t even barely begin to hope to discuss the crust underneath “Its” pinky toenail.

    When we find eachother, and accept one another, for ALL our differences, when we can all look eachother in the eye and smile, we’ll know more then.

    I was raised Christian, had my doubts and stumbled, took a bunch of psychedelics, and was blown away as the concepts of time and energy and the true nature of matter destroyed everything I knew while I explored internal space.

    I suggest you do the same.

    I need to know what you think, I could be wrong, and am willing to admit when I am – please respond, anybody! I think you are valuable and so is the knowledge you bring.

    • In reply to #5 by JustSomeGuy:

      Okay, really…. Trying not to troll…. For real….

      Background on me:
      1. Believes in God, though cannot define
      2. Believes in the ability of religions the world over to contain useful information
      3. Has had psychedelic experiences which led me to a stronger, yet somehow less defined belief in God…

      you haven’t read the bible, have you?

    • In reply to #5 by JustSomeGuy:

      Okay, really…. Trying not to troll…. For real….

      Background on me:
      1. Believes in God, though cannot define
      2. Believes in the ability of religions the world over to contain useful information
      3. Has had psychedelic experiences which led me to a stronger, yet somehow less defined belief in God…

      This is a really, really long post! Do you have anything left to say? Let me see, as a consequence of several mind altering events, you’ve come to the conclusion that a supernatural explanation for our existence is a distinct possibility. As I’ve never felt the need to ingest any substances that would have this effect I’m obviously at a disadvantage.

      I’m curious to see what your responses will be in the future. I suspect you’re here to rattle a few cages so time will tell.

    • “1. Believes in God, though cannot define”-
      Your inability to define god tells me that you have no idea what you’re really talking about. Remember that whatever we believe has no hold over reality itself and your definition of god makes “it?” meaningless for human lives. You also believe that some chemical experience inside your brain somehow showed (revelation!) you that ancient mythology has any place in reality? That’s not a logical position.
      “2. Believes in the ability of religions the world over to contain useful information”- Again with the beliefs. I repeat, our beliefs have no hold over reality, either we’re right or we’re wrong about something, but we can’t change it. Also, could you give an example of this information that you mention? “Ability of religions the world over to contain useful information” I actually laughed a bit around this part.

      “You want to blast Christmas because it’s “dopey”?” Explain this to me. Atheists are trying to “blast Christmas”? Almost everyone loves Christmas, I have no idea what you mean with this.

    • In reply to #5 by JustSomeGuy:

      Man I love RDF for so many reasons but this comment feature especially when replying seems pretty broken. I will keep my response to you super short to see if you actually find it and if so we can go from there. There is a lot of opinion going on in your comment bordering on trolling but you seem really smart and your plea for someone to respond mixed with your intelligence influenced me to reply. I am a former christian and current agnostic atheist.

      ‘Everyday, new discoveries in quantum studies are bringing qualified, degree holding “geniuses” to God and the notion that maybe they don’t exactly know the why’s and how’s that they thought they did. ‘

      I wouldn’t doubt this at all and I am glad you mentioned it. however it doesn’t matter how many geniuses become superstitious, its still no evidence for the supernatural.

      As far as your argument about the ‘dopey’ stuff and saying that the mob mentality was ‘JUST AS PATHETIC’. I Would suggest for the sake of brevity that these kind of things were pretty troll-like and also unnecessary. if you want more people to read all that, and trust me i understand, I write a ton all the time too, the best thing you can do is be succinct. Personally i agree that the mob mentality amongst atheists is a bit tiresome so I think I understand your frustration. I often times get some of them to be more polite in comment fields. to chill out with unnecessary name calling and what have you. I do not agree that the article was swarmy banter and bullshit as you called it. but again we are both biased of course as most people are. again these are details you could of left out for brevity. I would suggest you keep in mind that its an edited piece of a moment in time. If i were really going to judge the interviewer and interviewee I would wait until they wrote books about particular subjects or themselves to get an idea on what kind of agnostics they really were and so fourth.

      ‘Let’s get it straight, athiests and christians have more in common than they would like to think – both have their racketeering inner circles, both have their half-truths (empirical evidence my ass, it’s only the year 2014 – we still don’t know shit), both have untouchable idols that people froth at the mouth over, and both have their absolutely REEKING monuments of self professed transcendence.’

      I agree that atheists and christians have a lot in common. Thats a fact. It is a very incorrect statement to say that we don’t know shit. We as in humans in this day. I think I understand your sentiment. there so much more to know and our instruments are limited etc. true, of course. however we also do know a lot of things about our universe and planet and species that we did not know about even 200 years ago. if you would like to deny this we can run down the line of the many things we know in 2014. Also, the idol issue is a touchy one because the idols that most atheists froth over actually exist and theists idolize figures that couldn’t possibly exist as described.

      anyway, hope to hear back from you, thanks for your original comment, you gave props, you were honest and chill. peace

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  5. One time I asked in the comments on God’s page for a hug, and he totally answered my prayer. :)
    Best FB event ever. I even took a screen shot and bragged a bit on my page. I forgot to say “Thank you” though and that makes me sad. It was actually needed more than I realized at the time, and when I saw the comment it got me right in feelers.

    So thank you God. Last time I talked to you a decade ago, I cussed you out pretty bad. I hope that’s all just water under the bridge. lmao

    On a serious note, I really admire the efforts to also inspire compassion in people. Being extremely empathetic and an atheist makes the reality of humanity often times nightmarish for me. Rationality plus nurtured compassion would go a long way for our species. They are not mutually exclusive at all, unlike some would have you believe.

  6. “If you talk to god, you are praying.”
    This only if god exists, otherwise: if you talk to god, you are thinking that you are talking to someone. And perhaps this is not schizophrenia but something of similar, perhaps it is induced pathological imagination.

    “If god talks to you, you have schizophrenia.”
    This only if god doesn’t exist, otherwise: if god talks to you, you have won a lottery.

  7. The spelling errors, grammatical faults and just plain typos nearly made my head explode, I felt like those religious folk that get offended that someone is showing love that’s not in the name of a religion, the people that then must hate, threaten and go against what they preach. But, in all seriousness, so I’m not just moaning, looks like the RDF needs a proofreader, innit. Plus, there’s nothing dopey about thinking someone of 200 pounds can get a date. People worth dating don’t give a monkey’s eyeball about what’s on the outside.

  8. I wish to add something to my precedent comment and, as usual, sorry for my improvised English.

    I have written that If god exists and talks to you, you have won a lottery.

    But… wait a minute!

    Which god does he talks to you?

    Let’s suppose you are a Moslem from birth still living in a Moslem community and Jehovah talks to you, or, let’s suppose you are a Jew from birth still living in a Jewish community and Allah talks to you…

    What a pity!

    Probably, in these cases and in analogous cases, you have won a lottery but you can never collect the win if not at risk of your own life!

  9. Have been a fan of FB God for quite a while and am really glad you honoured his good work, sense of humour, intelligence and just all round niceness with an interview. He is patient and understanding and tries his best to deal with people, even fundamentalists who cuss and abuse him verbally, with a little bit of respect (although sometimes I don’t think they actually realise he is winding them up). Many of my FB friends on Atheist Intelligence and the Atheist Factor are also big fans but I think we just like to propose new commandments or offer someone who needs smited, smitted, besmitted…ok ok…(I can hear the grammar police siren) smote :)

  10. It would be very helpful if some of the public health (e.g. suicide) support websites mentioned in the interview were linked to their appropriate pages. Also, in agreement with some other comment posters, I feel this interview should have been proof-read and suitably edited before publication. Otherwise, it is a very interesting piece, and God (the one from Facebook) is to be commended for his public spirited approach and creativity when it comes to doing good for others.

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