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If I were God, what would I do about the current mess here on Earth?  What would I do about the great danger posed by the confrontation between Islam and Christianity?

First, I would create a large new island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  I would stock it with plenty of food and water, weapons and ammunition.

Then I would look into the heart of each and every person on the planet, and I would pick out all of those with malice in their hearts toward others who have different thoughts about Me.  I would seek out all those religious and political leaders who fulminate about the evil nature of ‘pagans’ and ‘infidels’ and ‘heathens,’ all those demagogues who incite hatred, terrorism and war to enhance their own power and wealth.

I would pick them up, all of them, and deposit them on the island.  And I would tell them, “You have all sworn to attack and kill those who have different faiths.  Well, have at it.  Your leaders are all here, and they will lead you into battle.”

For awhile at least, the earth would be free of constant warfare, and people could lead decent, peaceful lives, enjoy the company of friends and family, and the beauty and bounty of this incredible planet that I have provided for them.

Of course, things would not be perfect for long.  Humans, poor pitiful creatures that they are, have a long list of troublesome faults and frailties…greed, selfishness, envy,  jealousy, and a thirst for power over others, just to name a few.  But the worst one…the one that causes the most trouble…is self-righteousness.  Even if the warmongers were gone, there would still be many devout believers in their own chosen faith, and they would still be convinced that theirs was the only right one.  They would continue to pester and harangue everyone around them and to try to influence the government to impose their beliefs on everyone else.  There would be disagreements about this, and before long, the disagreements would turn into arguments, and the arguments would turn into fights, and the fights would turn into wars, and we would be right back where we are now, and I would have to do another housecleaning.

(Sigh) I don’t know how long it will take them to realize that what any other person thinks about Me is none of their business.  But, by getting rid of the lunatics who are trying to destroy everything on the planet, they would have a little time to work on the rest of their problems…until the next batch of loonies comes along.

Hmmm.  I’d better make that a very large island.

Bert Bigelow is a trained engineer who pursued a career in software design. Now retired, he enjoys writing short essays on many subjects but mainly focuses on politics and religion and the intersection...