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Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)
TITLE: The Forgotten God
By Patricia Turner
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“Huh?” I was reading the transcription below the pictograph of an ancient reptilian appearing god.
Kelly turned with a frown. “I always hated it when my grandfather said that when he didn’t have his hearing aid in his ear.”
“What, oh; no, see it says here ‘Huh’,” I pointed to the text.
“The god’s name is ‘Huh’?” What is it, the unknown god, kind of like Paul found in Rome?”
“Let me see,” I adjusted my bifocals and leaned a little closer to the words. “Huh, one of eight primitive deities collectively known as the Ogdoad, were principle in the creation myth,” I read aloud.
“Not only the unknown god; just one of the crowd. Must have been the one people asked ‘what’s he doing here?’” she laughed.
I chuckled too; then grew sober at a disturbing thought.
“I’m thinking of the way a lot of people say the name of our God these days.”
“You mean, a little like we say the word ‘huh’?” she likewise stopped laughing.
“I don’t know; maybe even worse. I think when people say ‘huh?’ they’re at least more or less consciously asking something. When they say the word ‘God’, more often than not it seems to be cursing or derision.”
“I think you’re right. In fact, it seems more and more as if the word ‘God’ just drops out of people’s mouths with no conscious thought at all.”
“In other words, the true God is becoming once again the unknown god; or frighteningly, like Huh, the forgotten god.” I shuddered and silently sent up a missive.
Just then the curator walked up to us.
“Any questions chaps?” He had a crisp British accent.
“Just one,” replied Kelly. “Have you ever heard of the unknown God?”
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