You can't deal with God

God is a giver, not a negotiator
As I was writing this piece, Good Friday was in view, and I thought of the renowned Viennese composer Antonio Salieri as portrayed in the movie Amadeus. In a scene from Salieri’s childhood, Salieri is kneeling before a crucifix and trying to make a bargain with God. “Lord, make me a great composer! Let me celebrate your glory through music—and be celebrated myself. Make me famous throughout the world, dear God! Make me immortal!” What will God get for doing him the favor? “In return,” says Salieri, “I vow I will give you my chastity—my industry, my deepest humility, every hour of my life. And I will help my fellow man all I can.” Salieri is offering God a deal: I’ll sacrifice for you, and in return you’ll fulfill my desire for immortality and glory.


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