Which is harder, to be human or God?

throneI’d never thought of the question. That is, until I read it.

Storytelling is an ancient way of teasing our minds into more active thought and imagination. Recently I read Rabbi Harold Kushner’s Who Needs God, and in it he tells a story by Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel prize winner.

The story is under girded with the perspective of Judaism, and is food for thought in times like these:

One day a “man came before God on His heavenly throne and said to him, “Which do you think is harder, to be man or to be God?” “Being God is much harder,” God answered. “I have a whole universe to worry about, planets and galaxies. All you have to worry about is your family and your job.”

“True enough,” said man. “But You have infinite time and infinite power. The hard part is not doing the job, but doing it within the limits of human strength and the human life span.”

God answered, “You don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s much harder to be God.”

Man replied, “I don’t know how You can say that so confidently when You’ve never been human and I’ve never been God. What do you say we change places for just one second, so You can know the feeling of being man and I can know what it feels like to be God. Just for one second, that’s all, and then we’ll change back.”

God didn’t want to, but man kept begging and pleading, and finally He relented.

They changed places. Man became God and God became human.

And the story goes on to say that, once man sat on the divine throne, he refused to give God back His place, and ever since then man has ruled the world and God has been in exile.”


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