Facebook God: A Masterclass in Human Connection via Social Media

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As of last month, there are 1.19 billion people on this planet who are active on Facebook.  I’m one of them. I bet you probably are too huh?
It’s one of those tools that the world loves or hates … or loves to hate but can’t get the hell off it.

I fit into the latter of those three demographics of Facebook users. I think it has far more negative elements than positive (as discussed in more detail here).

It’s the biggest aggregator of human information the world has ever seen. It captures our entire lives and gives this information to a publicly listed US company, and 1billion+ people are cool with that! But, gosh darn it, I get to see photos of my friends cats and it plugs into my Spotify account so I’m willing to let its malicious corporate agenda slide this time – after all, my Spotify playlists are so kick ass now!

There are millions of stories of how negative of a place Facebook can be. Stories of bullying that lead to people taking their own lives, divorces due to risqué images people were tagged in and has no doubt led to thousands of punches in the face due to status updates people took offense too.

It’s very easy to find a negative story about Facebook.

But this post is about a good Facebook story. In fact I think it’s one of those good human stories. The kind that makes you forget how shitty things can be sometimes.

This story begins with the day I found God.

Not the imaginary guy in the sky that human’s have been killing themselves over for the past 2000 years or so. I’m talking about the one on Facebook.

God_Facebook

The God account is one of the thousands of humour pages on Facebook that share funny pictures and content from around the Internet. But the difference with this account is, well, it claims to be God – the alleged creator of the universe and everything in it.
That’s its unique selling proposition and the very reason its follower count now sits at 1.17million people (1,172,667 at the time of writing this).

Many devout (and angry) religious people hate this account and are not afraid to let the admin(s) of the account know. Unwittingly, it’s this outrage that lead to its popularity. Funnily enough, people defending God to God provides some pretty hilarious and ‘share worthy’ content.

Facebook God Screenshot

The irate conversations were posted (with identities blocked out) and spread like wild fire. It amassed 500k fans in the first year, in the second year it went over 1 million fans. It’s current fan count is approximately 1.17 million people.

The hybrid of funny conversations with extremely pissed off religious people, funny internet memes, weekly segments where the public can nominate for who should be ‘smote’ (or is it smited?) and even weekly ‘Ask God’ segments – where God will answer any question you may have about faith, life, death or anything else for that matter, all resulted in a perfect formula for viral Facebook content.

Facebook God

But over the past 12 months in particular, the commentary changed a bit. There were less angry conversations occurring on the account – perhaps due to the audience knowing that if you come after God, he’ll make you Internet famous and thousands of people from around the globe will make fun of you. Kind of like trying to make fun of a comedian at a comedy club when they have a microphone and you’re drunk – you’re gonna get your ass handed to you and end up with 3 million views on YouTube, so don’t do it.

The conversations starting to come into the account began getting more personal. People telling their life stories; seeing the account as a place where they could talk to a stranger about troubles in their life, or things that were upsetting them.

The account still had it’s trademark ‘I’m more of a 2013 God, the vengeful fire and brimstone days were during my adolescent years’ attitude, but now the conversations were about helping people. Focusing on topics like mental health, depression, suicide and even touching on the gay marriage debate.
The pages wall began to fill up with comments similar to ‘I know you’re not real, but you helped me get through a hard time. Thank you’.

Troubles

The negativity of the page had all but disappeared and was replaced by people using it as a forum to help each other. Conversations were now occurring on the page between complete strangers giving each other advice and positive commentary during tough times. It turned into a very positive and fun place to be. If you were sad you could spend 5 minutes on the God page and you’d be cheered up.

The one constant through all of this change though was the actual character of God. He would reply to personal messages (a rarity on accounts with large followings), comment on wall posts, post content and never break character.
It was always ‘God’ that was talking, never the guy behind the keyboard.

Out of character (kind of)

But a couple of weeks ago, an insight into the mysterious person behind the character occurred when a post appeared on 1.17million people’s Facebook wall. The post was an apology from God stating that there would be no content for a little while because ‘God’s’ mum had suddenly passed away.

Facebook God

The public outpouring was huge. The page lit up with messages of condolences and offers to help – that still continue today. Thousands upon thousands of messages of support from complete strangers all sending their best wishes and offers of assistance.

A little over a week later the story got a bit worse when the company who held God’s mum’s life insurance policy informed God’s family that the policy was null and void (the day before the thanksgiving holiday).

God decided he had to help out his family, after all his dad had just lost his wife of 40 years and was now also facing financial hardship due to a cancelled policy. In an attempt to help, God set-up and indiegogo account with the sole goal of raising $5000 of which would be used to give his dad (a retired minister) a holiday from all the horrible hands he’d been dealt over the past couple of weeks.

The story and a link to the fundraiser page was then posted on Facebook via the God page with the sole intension that if it could help brighten his dads life just a little bit, then it was worth a shot.

People from all over the world had donated to help God’s dad. Not only was the goal of $5000 reached, but within 24 hours people had donated more than $20,000 dollars.
The Indiegogo and Facebook page filled up with messages stating things like ‘ I had a conversation with you on Facebook 3 months ago and you helped me change my life, so I wanted to help’, ‘I just donated because your posts helped me get through some terrible times’, ‘I love your page and it makes me smile every day so I wanted to donate’ etc.

Indiegogo

The very people who the God page was there for over the past couple of years, were now out in force to help him right back!

The response was overwhelming, via not only the fundraiser but also as far as getting a response from the Life Insurance company. Unprompted, fans of the God page took it upon themselves to contact the insurance company.

The interaction on the companies Facebook page exploded with people demanding that they look into the situation more closely. It’s one of those social media meltdown moments every company hopes never happens.

(I would’ve loved to be a fly on the wall when their social media team started to receive complaints from thousands of people stating that they screwed over God – pretty sure there’s no corporate social media policy in the world ready for THAT complaint)

It’s interesting what you can achieve when you have 1,000,000+ people on your side who all know how to use the Internet huh…

In an unfortunate turn of events, it appeared that ‘Gods’ mum had in fact stopped paying into the account only a couple of months before she passed away, which made the donations from the fans even more of a god send. (no pun intended, but I couldn’t resist that one!)

To get the full picture of this story, it’s definitely worth checking out both the Facebook account and IndieGogo page where you can see the exact conversations and details about it all. If anything, it’s worth giving it a look to see one of those odd human moments where strangers go out of their way to help each other during times of need.

Even though 1.17million people who have clicked on that little thumbs up button and declared that they ‘like’ this page, the Facebook character is no doubt polarizing; after all the very existence of the account is a sin in most religions rulebooks.

It’s the target of so much hatred from a lot of people offended by its existence even though the page’s sole purpose is to make people smile via funny screenshots, sharing Internet memes or even just giving someone a random, internet shoulder to cry on when they are having a hard time.

I find it odd that the action of helping people, loving yourself and your family, accepting people and looking after one another are the very foundations of the beliefs and religions of the people who despise this page, yet these are the exact messages the page has always tried to promote.

Facebook God. Eat Shit

Now, it may be very easy to dismiss this post with a comment like ‘Whoa settle down, it’s just a meme sharing page on Facebook’, but just spend 5 minutes looking at the types of messages from people all over the world that post on the God account’s wall – it’s all so positive.

The Internet can be a horrible place sometimes. A wild frontier of anonymity where trolls roam free to publicly shame and bully people, spew hateful messages and just generally be dicks to one another.
But it can also be an awesome place too, where you can meet people from all over the world, learn about and promote new ideas and really make a difference in peoples lives with a few clicks of a mouse.

I think this God page – in particular the actions of a few thousand complete strangers over the past few days – is one of those awesome Internet examples of how to not only use social media in a positive way, but also a good example of how to – as Bill and Ted would say – be excellent to each other.

Successful social media engagement lies in being able to build an engaged audience. To engage on a personal level. Provide value. Encourage emotion; happiness, sadness, anger, whatever.

Ultimately, it’s about being human. Ironically, it took a God to prove it.

Be Excellent to each other
 

144 Responses

  1. jo

    December 5, 2013 6:47 PM

    Hi
    I’m a supporter of God, but I think it’s important to publish all the facts. Including the revelation (pardon the pun) that it turned out the policy had been cancelled. To me that makes no difference from missing payments, either way you won’t get a payout if you have stopped paying in. I’m still happy to have donated and hope they have a lovely time and make some new happy memories. But lets be clear about the facts, yeah?

  2. Victor M

    December 5, 2013 10:19 PM

    I contributed a small amount to God’s father – I was happy to do so – but I’ll tell you what worries me now – I’m afraid that just like in the Wizard of Oz some dog will pull back the curtain. And I don’t want that to happen. I like God just the way he is. And I hope he pays off the house!

  3. Anne Johnson

    December 6, 2013 1:13 AM

    I’ve been a follower of this God for years. It has been fun watching him become a kinder, gentler God and doing more than just making a million people laugh. As for having a mom and dad and brother, he’s just revealing what the ancient archeologists are discovering about the Israelites. They were polytheistic. So, rock on, God! I wrote a blog post about Him too.

    • Erica

      December 6, 2013 9:43 AM

      I would love to read your blog Anne. If more religious people behaved the way FB God does, this would be a much better world.

    • Andres Escobar

      December 6, 2013 10:44 AM

      I have watched that evolution too and its been amazing cause its usually people going throught hardship because of things traditional religion has been known to condemn. They post cause they are struggling with their sexuality or feel alone and found a supportive god when not many cristhians would have responsed the same way.

  4. G

    December 6, 2013 1:35 AM

    Victor, I donated a small amount, too, and worry the same. I don’t want to feel foolish and gullible. Really, though, I figure whether it’s true or not, the Facebook page has brightened my day many, many times so that alone is worth a few bucks.

      • LeeMrk

        December 6, 2013 12:10 PM

        I don’t want the “veil” between FB God and us to be pulled back, just because it’s been nice having a Diety that’s good (or “excellent”) to us mere humans.

        Regardless of whether it’s “real” or not — and there is nothing about this that makes me think it isn’t real — FB God has done good for a lot of people, and He’s made us laugh. The $10 I contributed is far less than what I would have to pay to go to a movie to get the same amount of enjoyment (so far).

        I hope he’s able to pay off the house and take his dad on a great vacation. :)

    • beth

      December 12, 2013 10:51 AM

      never regret OR TRY TO” OWN” a gift given from the heart. never ALLOW malicious or “small” minds/people to make you feel worthless for caring and doing what your heart knows is right. Trust destiny, release love into the universe without expecting to get a post card back. NEMASTE, heres hoping the great flow will cause our spirits to meet somewhere,someday. Thinking of you, whenever I feel good, even if I don’t ‘REMEMBER” .TRUST LOVE-THE HEART IS THE DOORWAY FOR THE GREAT SPIRITS FLOW* STAND GUARD ON anything THAT MAY TRY TO CLOSE IT. Mine closed for 3 yr.s after my brother was murdered, even the birth of my child after surviving cancer couldn’t open it. I’m feeling better now,…thanks.

  5. Christine

    December 6, 2013 1:37 AM

    I am one of the many people that donated to give god’s dad a vacation. It’s not often that I get a chance to give comfort to someone that is in emotional pain, and I am grateful that I could help. This page reminds me of the page for Humans of New York: kind, inclusive, and filled with comments that remind me that people a basically good. What a treat.

    I am not religious. AT ALL. But this page has everything that I understand a good community of religious people is supposed to have. Without the scary stuff.

    Rock on, Mr. God. <>

    • beth

      December 12, 2013 11:22 AM

      dear Christine-religion is not scary , it is the twisting of it for people’s need to calm their own fears without selfless effort which makes you think so. Religion is as bright as the sun-you can see it but cannot stare it down. It is the wind that races thru the trees and yet invisibly touches our heart at the same time. It’s remembrance and existence lies in the multitudes of beauty. It’s faith and whisper to us is in all the injustice, pain and suffering we do not want to see or endure, but makes us better people when we conquer, and help where we can, even ourselves! I was homeless 3 years due to being hospitalized 10 days in a company that allows only 7/yr.-wouldn’t give me any roll-over from previous unused 2yr. this year I have a roof, but it is the small live tree I feed miracle grow with a string of white lights wrapped up it’s trunk, that makes me feel like a sparkling star as our walls light up like a forest. Pls. Don’t be afraid, a forest awaits your visit, your stewardship, your joy. Nemaste sweet soul. If your ever in so.fl. look me up.

      • Dazmond

        December 23, 2013 1:07 PM

        Beth,

        You don’t need religion to feel those things. I’ve been an atheist all of my life – well at least since I was 7 and decided for myself that the idea of a floaty-bloke-in-the-sky was all a bit preposterous. It was the same as realising that Santa Claus didn’t exist a couple of years earlier; I simply couldn’t understand how my teachers – seemingly sensible adults at my school – could believe in, and try to brainwash me and my friends into also believing in an imaginary almighty friend.

        Lack of religion doesn’t make my life emptier, any atheist would say exactly the same thing. We all go through hard times, we all question our existence at some point yet we approach this in different ways. I was hospitalised 4 years ago and I was as close to death as you could be without actually succumbing to the darkness. Doctors brought me back from the brink with their expertise, not some holy intervention. I had religious friends praying for me but even at death’s door I didn’t look for ‘God’ in whatever form that might have taken and I didn’t see any tunnel of light leading to the afterlife. I give thanks to the doctors for saving my life, not a made-up religious icon.

        I am however big fan of Facebook God. All atheists will happily accept that there really is a God if He can and will prove that he exists. The onus on proving He doesn’t exist is a silly fallacy – how can you prove something doesn’t exist? All of the people messaging Facebook God to complain about how He treats their religion have no idea whether he’s the real thing or not. What if Facebook God is the real thing? Who is anyone to judge Him? If he can prove to me that He is actually a supreme being and not just someone with a very clever social networking idea then I will happily convert… the problem is that Facebook God purports to be of no particular religion, he lays claim to all of them. So which one?

        Dazmond

  6. Pinoy Android

    December 6, 2013 2:54 AM

    I am a follower of God and he showed us that some religiots are willing to curse (which is a sin) or put down someone because they have different belief. God also showed us to be strong in times of hardships, even God experienced it and he was able to pass it. Reading daily to God’s commandment, verses and replies against religiots is very entertaining and I learn from it too.

    So to God, thank you for everything!

  7. Eme

    December 6, 2013 3:00 AM

    Don’t forget the time that God helped a little boy in New Jersey find a kidney transplant to save his life! Facebook God is a good God. :)

    • Dazmond

      December 23, 2013 1:31 PM

      I run a forum myself , and every now and then it give you the opportunity to help someone out, or more often for the membership to do this off their own backs. It’s a wonderful thing to see and a wonderful thing to experience. Mankind is at it’s finest when it’s giving help without expecting anything in return.

  8. Steve Cooked

    December 6, 2013 3:06 AM

    One day the truth will out about Facebook’s ‘God’ and I will no longer have to stay silent for fear of reprisals. To say you’re all being scammed by this ‘wonderful person’ would be an understatement and I only wish I could tell you all the truth without risking mine and my family’s safety.

    • Victor M

      December 6, 2013 8:08 AM

      Seriously? If it’s an evil scam then out him –

      Here’s the deal with giving to ANY charity – you give out of the goodness of your heart. You give out of a concern for your fellow man. You give because the world is sometimes a cold, hard place and you want to make it better. You give because you can and because someone needs your help.

      You don’t give to get something in return. And if the person is less than honest, then shame on them, but my intentions were pure.

      So while I’m sorry you live in fear for your safety, I’m betting this God has nothing to do with it.

      • Teresa

        December 6, 2013 11:43 AM

        I agree with you Victor. The insurance company would’ve denied the story, ithink, i it wasn’t true.

      • Luvof Art

        December 6, 2013 11:45 AM

        Good reply, absolutely. This anti trust robs us of our natural compassion and generosity, fearing the loss of something we were already giving away.

        Back to humanity, put material goods in their proper place again.

      • Terra

        December 6, 2013 12:15 PM

        Agreed Victor! This FB God is very awesome and shows us what it is to actually “be human”!

      • Craig P

        December 6, 2013 2:27 PM

        Well put Victor. Sincerely I don’t believe I am being scammed. Even it was, the $10 I sent was well earned. The page has made me laugh, smile, and even cry over the past several months since I found it.

      • Mike W

        December 6, 2013 4:43 PM

        I agree. How can being nice to people and encouraging others to do the same possibly be a scam?? If Steve is trying to say that the fundraiser is a scam then so what? I’m glad to give my money to the cause so that God may spend more time loving us and spreading happiness.

        Having studied religion, covering all the major ones and some of the minor, I always tell people that I follow all religions and none. The point being that they have all been created to try and help formalise and make a habit of, the process of being nice to one another – like God says. But then humans like to get bogged down in dogma and claim that their religion is better than someone else’s religion, and pretty soon one country is invading another country, killing their men, raping their women, enslaving their children and burning their villages to the ground because their imaginary being says ‘don’t work on Saturday’ when the other’s says ‘your women must cover their flesh or vice versa.

        God is the way to go!!

    • Steve Ingle

      December 6, 2013 10:29 AM

      If you’re serious, you should have the courage of your convictions & speak out.

      I don’t believe facebook God’s followers are the type to do physical harm to another person expressing an opinion, or handing out verifiable facts.

      Of course, an exposure of unwelcome facts may not stop his followers following his page; the ethics are already deeply embedded.

      I wish you well

    • Steve Ingle

      December 6, 2013 10:37 AM

      I’m with Victor on this. I don’t think you have anything to fear.

      I would certainly support anyone who comes forward with verifiable evidence of a scam.

      Of course, many of God’s followers enjoy the ethos of God’s page and may well choose to continue following (it’s a powerful community thing)

      Good luck

    • Sandy826

      December 6, 2013 10:42 AM

      Yeah, yeah, yeah Steve. Welcome to one man’s opinion.

      I gave $5 to give God’s Dad a vacation and I hope they can pay off the house. I consider it worth every penny to find a God I can respect. The fact that he’s human (or a college psych experiment, or whatever) is immaterial. He brings laughter to my life and living on SSDI and watching the goops cut assistance, I need all the laughter I can find.

      God honors His father and mother as that other God’s Son suggested. For that, He got my $5, may he spend it wisely, just as He wants.

      Steve, I believe that the Bible contains many threats to ourselves and our families by that other God, so what else is new?

    • Kelly S.

      December 6, 2013 11:41 AM

      I’m sorry, but Steve Cooked is right… “God” is not all he is cracked up to be. Just ask his agent… Seriously, I hate to say it, but I would NOT be surprised if his mother had been dead for years (or is still alive). That’s the nice thing about anonymous celebrities, isn’t it? You have no way to verify their claims… #convenientsuckers

      • Tara Hallett

        December 6, 2013 1:19 PM

        Seriously, Kelly S.? You’re NOT sorry, you DON’T hate to say it.

        If you’re going to say you’re speaking the truth, then at least own it!

      • Mike W

        December 6, 2013 4:49 PM

        Except, who cares Kelly? Only people like yourself who are more concerned with money than being nice to people.

      • Kim G.

        December 6, 2013 10:09 PM

        if you have proof, Kelly, share it. If not, go and inflict your spitefulness somewhere else.

      • Meh

        December 8, 2013 2:11 PM

        If either you or Steve Cooked have a name, then say it. Make a new screenname, use a different email address, and post the name without fear of having your family whacked while getting a massage. Over a Facebook page.

      • Steve Cooked

        December 10, 2013 3:12 AM

        Kelly is right you know. The sad thing is that you all know there’s something not quite right about ‘God’ and his page yet you vehemently defend somebody that you don’t know and who just recycles old messages then asks for money. I get the feeling I’m witnessing the birth of a new religion.

        So to those that asked I give you a brief history of ‘God’ (personal details have been omitted to protect my identity). I’ve known the main protagonist behind the God account for x years and this character is not his first attempt at third party fame by a long stretch. ‘God’ as you know him started life on a small and now defunct parody website that included many other false deities, and parodies of historical figures. One of the contributors to this site was a man who owned another website and had promised investors great things, only to suddenly close down his site and vanish with the funds raised. ‘God’ expressed his admiration for the audacity of this individual many times and openly mocked those who lost money, also stating at the same time that he had a “brilliant money-making scheme” that he was working on. After a while his site shut, reputedly due to ‘God’s’ Father pulling the financial plug, and was resurrected as a Facebook page featuring God as the stand-out character, a character that achieved great popularity and became the God you all know largely due to memes, sentiments and posts lifted directly from the page of another former member of ‘God’s’ website.

        As for ‘God’ running off to Bermuda, I highly doubt that. He’s realised how he has so many eating out of his hand so there will be further sob-stories to gain the favour of your Amex cards, and he’s enjoying his status as a minor internet celebrity far, far too much to make like Jimmy Hoffa, even sanitizing his own personal Facebook page of some really hateful posts in readiness for when his real name is outed. There is also no doubt in my mind that a glowing message of such gratitude that you’ll all once again be reaching for your pockets will be forthcoming once this campaign to get Pops a small holiday, no big holiday, no pay off the house has ended. Hell, I’ll be his Father for 10% of the current total. You could even get a genuinely bereaved family to pose as a false deity for a few thousand bucks.

        For those who say that the insurance company’s refusal to deny the incident is proof, please take a step back and think about it. Your only knowledge of ‘god’ is that he’s a false deity who reposts poor humor on a social media site. Did you really expect an insurance company to talk to complete strangers about an incident that you don’t know the name, location or details of? Really? Of course they refused to deny it, ask them to confirm the incident and they’ll do that too.

        So good day to you all. There will be no further comment from me so you can take or leave what I say, I really could care less either way. Oh, and please stop sending death-threats to Steve Cooked on Facebook. That’s just not Christian.

        • Meh

          December 11, 2013 8:29 AM

          You really expect us to believe that “Steve Cooked” is getting death threats over a Facebook page? Have you notified the authorities? We asked for a name and verifiable info, not more vague ‘I know more than you do’ crap. How convenient to claim ‘I’m done here’ instead of giving specifics.

          I for one am not and will not defend “God”, it’s just a mildly humorous Facebook page. The Starbucks facebook page is also mildly humorous, but mostly unintentionally so and for different reasons. People give their money to all kinds of stupid things and stupid causes, like Pat Robertson, that is their choice and it’s really none of your business unless a crime has been committed. So please, give us a name and evidence of a crime or you’re just a whiner seeking a different type of attention, but an attention seeker just the same.

        • Dazmond

          December 23, 2013 1:39 PM

          Back this up by naming the websites that you’re talking of? I’m sure they’ll be on waybackmachine to support your claims. Waybackmachine doesn’t lie.

          Just in case you’ve not realised yet, all deities are false until proven otherwise. Sorry to burst your little bubble but it’s the truth.

        • leebee

          March 1, 2014 9:11 AM

          i didn’t give one red cent to the fundraiser, because i didn’t feel compelled to. yet, i’m still a huge fan to the FB God. and i don’t think this God would “love” me any less.
          no one pays to keep a “like” page on their account. i don’t see advertisements thrown at me because i “like”d his page (well, except for the occasional Tshirt, but hey, i could dig it). what i do get though… is laughter, a fantasy hand in picking out who deserves a “smiting”, and a compassion from loads of people you just don’t get to see on any FB page, ever. my defense is, i have not paid a dime to Him, and i’m not boo’d off the page. so, where’s the scam? and why does anyone that did pay a little something to help someone out, knowing full well that they are sending it to regular blokes like you and me, made to feel DUPED because money is involved?? maybe sometimes money isn’t that important. and maybe i won’t miss that $5 bucks like i did when i gave it to that beggar on my 8th grade DC trip.
          some people are killjoys. your reality is that everything sucks, i get it. and maybe, sometimes, YOU are the common denominator in all that SUCK.

    • Aaron R.

      December 6, 2013 11:51 AM

      You are a coward. If you have evidence that it’s a scam, prove it. If not, shut up. Do you honestly believe that someone would spend as much time on this page and help as many people as he does just to wait for his mom to die so he can scam people out of money? Please.

      Like I said, if you have proof, show it. I’m going to assume that you don’t, so just go ahead and eat shit.

    • LeeMrk

      December 6, 2013 12:17 PM

      Howdy folks… Don’t feed the trolls. They only proliferate, and bring you down in the process.

      Or to paraphrase Mark Twain–never argue with an idiot; they bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

    • Brad

      December 6, 2013 1:29 PM

      No matter what the “truth” is about Facebook god is, their is no way that it is a bigger fraud then the crap contained in the bible and the religions if the world spew out if their asses. The only news from your reply is that you sir, are a genuine asshole! I believe I speak for 1.17 million people when I say May god smite you and your horrible troll living life. It’s to bad the flood wasn’t real and your ancestors didn’t die in it.

      • Katie

        December 6, 2013 5:52 PM

        So true. And lest we forget, FB God actually does good things for people. Actual words written to encourage and lift up actual people. The same can’t be said about the pretend god of the bible who never does anything except apparently convey hate, bigotry, and intolerance. Oh, and war, rape, killing, and I could go on.

    • Ian

      December 6, 2013 5:31 PM

      I feel sorry that you’re scared for your family’s safety about a post on the internet. However, I don’t think that even if you accuse this ‘God’ of scamming others you will be physically or otherwise attacked but rather called out upon the absurdity of such accusations.

    • Margie4

      December 7, 2013 5:43 PM

      Steve, what’s your story? Kn u elaborate on your declaration? I don’t know, its easy to throw stones, but you need to have a good story but r scared for you safety and your safety? Is this a joke from fb god?

  9. Joni G

    December 6, 2013 3:11 AM

    As an atheist, I absolutely love the “God” page. It’s funny, witty and clever (with some very compassionate people who subscribe to it). It’s the way Christianity should be.

  10. Amber

    December 6, 2013 3:17 AM

    I have liked the God page for a long time and absolutely love it, and him! What he posts and how he responds to the hate from “Christians” makes be laugh, sometime out loud when I’m on the train, which then makes people think I’m crazy. :) I’ve loved the development and how he responds with compassion and love to those in need. God provides real, tangible help and guidance to those in desperate situations, like posting the suicide hotline number and encouraging the person to call.

  11. Luis Aroyo Rivera

    December 6, 2013 3:24 AM

    Glad to have helped… I am a great follower of God and sadly would have not find out about the fund raiser if it would have not been by this article… Glad to help who makes our days a better one!!!

    -Cheers!

  12. Miranda Christmas

    December 6, 2013 3:26 AM

    While I am an atheist, I find religion to be fascinating so in my spare time, I enjoy learning about the different religions. I accidentally stumbled upon God’s Facebook page one sleepless night. I spent hours on God’s page that night…reading his posts as well as reading the comments and interactions of God’s followers.
    I had expected a joke page but what I saw instead was something beautiful. Certainly, there are jokes (God is a pretty funny guy)…but the amount of respect and love and kindness from God and his followers restored my faith in humanity. Of course, there are still the occasional butt hurt people who scream and yell and demand that God’s page be taken down but those people are far and few between.
    I’ve seen God help so many people. Nobody knows who God really is but we (his followers) love him immensely regardless. We need more people like God…the world would be such a better place to live in.

  13. Nicole

    December 6, 2013 3:32 AM

    Dylan, I really enjoyed this. It solidified for me why I love the God page so much as someone who is deeply NOT religious. Thank you for that.

    Would you be offended if I pointed out a tiny typo for you to update? I swear, I’m not a grammar nazi, nor am I attempting to “mentally vanquish” you in any way.

  14. Tom

    December 6, 2013 3:36 AM

    Facebook God rocks!!! Great article!!! However, you failed to mention his “Behold, a new creature” series, where he genetically changes animals into new beings and asks his followers to name them. Very entertaining stuff. He’s a genius.

  15. DJ Cartee

    December 6, 2013 3:48 AM

    I was one of the first people to like God. I even remember celebrating little hundreds of likes milestones on his page. It has been just wonderful watching it grow to become so huge

  16. Glenn Colvin

    December 6, 2013 3:55 AM

    I would just like to say this about the God page. It has made me laugh, it has made me think and it has made me have a little more faith in the human race as a whole. It has also helped me. Some of the things I’ve read. I’m losing someone close to me right now, and if humor and candor were ever needed it’s now. Thanks God.

  17. FMarsh

    December 6, 2013 4:02 AM

    I think this God is nothing short of genious but…

    He named the company without knowing the facts and as a result people were posting abusive messages on their page. I personally thought ths was disgusting…the hate pouring from these people, acting like they were in some kind of cult. No better than the Westboro Church, in my opinion. When I said I was losing faith in the FB God he deleted my comment and banned me. Perhaps this is why “it’s all so positive”.

    I think it’s great people felt like donating to him. Hell, I would have too if I hadn’t already done my bit for charity this month, but where’s the proof? He was the one that told everyone he’d prove it but now it’s all been forgotten and his avid followers are blind to this.

    Good luck to everyone if this page gives them comfort. I myself will continue to enjoy it. I just won’t be able to like or comment.

    • Jim

      December 6, 2013 8:08 PM

      Surely we’ve all ranted about a perceived injustice before finding out the full facts? The only problem in this case is that it’s far more personal, far more emotional and God has a far bigger audience than you or I do. While you have to be a bit humble to admit you’re wrong to a handful of friends, outright admitting you were wrong about someone who you love who is no longer around to justify themselves, to over a million people would take far more humility than I can imagine.

  18. Chrissy

    December 6, 2013 4:10 AM

    I find it disappointing that God decided to use that money for his own personal gain. It would have been more appropriate to raise donations for a cause that benefits a larger group. If his mom died from cancer then donate the money to research cancer. If it was a car accident then donate the money to teach safe driving skills. Maybe hw could donate the cash to suicide prevention. Many people that reach out to God on his FB page suffer their own hardships. No one hands them 20 thousand to ease their pain. What God is doing leaves a bad taste in my mouth. God should use that money for the needs of the many vrs the needs of a few.

    • Bronwyn

      December 6, 2013 8:33 AM

      So, if my friend lost their mum to cancer. Instead of putting in to give them a bit of a break from the real world…I should ignore them in the short term? He was raising money to give his DAD a holiday, not himself. But from the generosity of all the people he’s touched, he raised so much more. People were WILLING to donate because he actually helps others and they were glad to do something in return. Show me one unhelpful comment that God has ever made. Then show me proof that there is a God in the sky and he actually helps people, then we’ll talk.

    • Sandy826

      December 6, 2013 10:52 AM

      What man among you if your child asks for bread would give him a stone? (paraphrased)

      Wasn’t the purpose of the Indiegogo collection clearly stated? FB God has no magic wand so he has to raise money to help whomever he wants to help.

      FB God is taking care of his family first (Honor thy father and mother) and he Has done many other things for the many.

      As a cancer survivor, I wonder why people don’t see that “cancer organizations” are not charities but rather big BIG corporations with highly paid CEOs using our dimes and dollars. I would expect God knows the truth of that.

    • Jim

      December 6, 2013 8:01 PM

      It’s not like God’s deceived people and conned people out of money. Everyone donated knowing full-well what the money was going to be used for, so where’s the issue?

    • Jennie

      December 8, 2013 10:26 PM

      That doesn’t make any sense Chrissy. His dad needed money…people gave him the money. He can do with it whatever he wants to. It IS helping someone. You seem to think that donating money to suicide prevention or cancer research is a good thing. People missuse and mishandle those type of nonprofits all the time. I’d rather give to an individual then a cancer research group.

  19. Rev. G. Friesen

    December 6, 2013 4:25 AM

    I am a follower of God on Facebook and Twitter, and have found that his posts have become one of the very few to which I constantly look forward. Him and Ed from Gin and Tacos make my Internet life and real life so much more meaningful and positive. Much love.

  20. Matan Ben-Ari

    December 6, 2013 4:35 AM

    He Rock! Far better than the original version.
    One of the main changes is the number of people who have approached His page about their problems and even plans to take their own lives. He consistently gives them kind and comforting words, suggesting they call a suicide help-line. He actually saves lives.
    I think he is one of the best pages on the internet by far. I donated, and was not taken back by the news about the cancelled policy. I believe he and his father deserve the small sum I could give for all the laughter and rekindled trust in man kind he has provided.

  21. mik

    December 6, 2013 4:40 AM

    What a great piece of writing!! I was sucked in and couldn’t stop reading! Good job! Awesome article

  22. Elaine Sedan

    December 6, 2013 5:07 AM

    Hmmm. Just a thought from an insurance agent to God. He should check further into insurance policy because if mum paid that policy for many years and it lapsed due to nonpayment a couple months prior due to illness and oversight, God’s Dad may have a case to at least get back the premiums paid into over the years, if not the full benefit. Insurance companies often include a waiver premium on policies as well, that you no longer pay the premium in exchange for a reduced benefit? Please delve further or appeal to the company asking these questions. Thank you!

  23. Corrine

    December 6, 2013 5:09 AM

    If anyone wants to legitimize please call the insurance company. I did. Thank you God for bringing so much positive to this scary world and I pray you can help keep your daddy happy and healthy. He deserves it. He raised you!!

    This letter is spot on!!

  24. Rod First Strike

    December 6, 2013 5:10 AM

    When i first found god and what he was about, I was relieved that he had a sense of humor. Finally, a god that gets me.

    I always say, GOD is better and safer on Facebook than in the minds of people.

    Love and it and live it.

  25. TJ

    December 6, 2013 5:51 AM

    Congratulations Dylan. That was an EXCELLENT article and explained “God’s” presence on Facebook wonderfully.

    As an atheist, Facebook God represents everything I wish the ‘real’ God would mean to people. Personally, I don’t care if someone prays to a rock…as long as they’re a good person. And as much as I have my beliefs (or non-beliefs) about religion justified when I visit, (particularly when God shares the anger, hatred and fear of the religious) I’m also reminded of the true humanity that exists among us which often INCLUDES the religious.

    Facebook God doesn’t play favorites. Facebook God just wants people to be excellent to each other. He also wants people to stop being dicks. How can you argue with that?

    All I know is that whoever Facebook God is, he (or she) has stones the size of boulders.

    GREAT article.

  26. Elizabeth

    December 6, 2013 5:52 AM

    I also contributed. As I see it, it is just a small price to pay for all the smiles God has given to me on Facebook. The best thing though …… is the notation for the transaction, as it appears in my PayPal account. It reads “Payment to God Completed” :)

  27. Scott Pearson

    December 6, 2013 6:08 AM

    Maybe this is how Jesus got popular thousands of years ago… Just by being a good guy, doing the right things and making people happy then the word spread about the nice guy…. But then the fruit cakes got in on the act and BOOM Religion Appeared…
    I LIKE FACEBOOK GOD.

  28. Mary

    December 6, 2013 7:47 AM

    I like your page, God. It promotes good thinking. My personal God has always been Jesus and His Father. But the religious influences in my life have taught me that my God is HERE, present in our lives, calling us to goodness, generosity, and being more for others; calling us to forgive and be forgiven, to understand and be understood. I think you’re doing a good job of just that!

  29. Leanne Connors

    December 6, 2013 8:07 AM

    Well written. I found God through a co-worker and I read it every day because as so many of his followers say, it brightens my day. Well don God and well done to you for sharing his word.

  30. Joe

    December 6, 2013 9:41 AM

    I have been enjoying the God page since I became a fan. The best part about the page is that God is a good guy. It could have easily turned into a page that mocks religion and makes jokes at the expense of the less fortunate and the religious, but the creator refrains from that. Instead, the page helps people, is funny, and provides everyone with a good laugh over some of the sillier things in life. It’s one of the best pages on fb and I hope it continues on for a long time.

  31. Henry

    December 6, 2013 10:14 AM

    This FB God never lost his cool, even when he is under attack by many hateful religious people. One awesome page to “Like” and “Follow” indeed.

  32. vallerie

    December 6, 2013 10:23 AM

    I see some people think he’s scamming to get money…who cares?
    If you can’t afford it, don’t donate..God loves a cheerful giver…
    I just paid 10 bucks for a sandwch which is now gone….in under 20 minutes…
    i’ll pay 20 bucks for a lap dance from a cute stripper which lasts 3 minutes
    …..I spent at least 45 minutes laughing out loud, the first day I discovered his page…so I have no problem paying for entertainment…holy or sinfull…money well spent

  33. ScottSheperdson

    December 6, 2013 10:39 AM

    I don’t understand the fascination with this particular “God”…
    His only claim to fame is that he picked up the name “God” before anybody else on Facebook and thinks this makes him a celebrity. Seriously, he’s just a loud mouth jerk and a scammer who re-cans other people’s humorous ideas and publishes them as his own. Seriously, he’s got the ego of Kanye West, the vocabulary of Justin Bieber, and the integrity of a man on the corner playing a shell game with kids. For money.

    I just bought the Awkward Moments Children’s Bible (which I absolutely LOVE) and found that “God” had written a foreword for it. The foreword was pretty lame, actually compared to the *real* foreword by author and speaker David McAfee who God refers to as a “stupid asshat” that he is angry to be sharing. (Seriously, who bad-mouths a book they were honored to be a part of in the first place?)

    First he vilifies a company (mere DAYS after his mom’s death) for not paying out the life insurance, so he begs his fans for money (which they give) before conveniently saying, “Oh, never mind – she actually cancelled her policy 6 months ago… But, thanks – I’ll totally keep the money!”

    I have absolutely no problem with his religion bashing (I’m an “angry atheist”), I have a problem with the fact that he’s a deceptive hack who takes advantage of his fans.

    It’s true what they say – a sucker is born every minute…

    • Kelly S.

      December 6, 2013 11:44 AM

      Yeah, I saw that little rant on God’s page the other day and all I could think was, “Yep, there’s a reason he’s only a “celebrity” online… He’s so professional and classy… (In truth, he’s a “like whore” who is an absolute master of manipulating a social media audience…) If you’d ever met the guy in real life, well… You think Russell Brand is an egotistical diva?

      • Brad

        December 6, 2013 1:44 PM

        So your telling me you’ve never over reacted to anything. I’m friends with Jesus and be just tapped me on the folder and told me that your a horrible hypocrite. It’s not like insurance companies have never scammed anyone before either.

      • Lindsey

        December 7, 2013 9:27 AM

        I actually think Russel Brand is quite intelligent. He uses comedy, but he uses fame to promote great messages.

    • BuFFy Brutiful

      December 6, 2013 12:57 PM

      Hah, you just hate it because you can’t do what he does!! And you can’t get people to donate monies to you, for whatever reason. LMAOh! Haight on! FB GOD RULES!!!

      • Kelly S.

        December 7, 2013 5:30 AM

        Uhm, what does he “do”? He reposts other people’s content as his own…

        Granted, he is a master of social media, mostly because of the name he chose, but come on… The guy doesn’t have an original idea in his head.

        • Miles J

          January 6, 2014 1:51 AM

          What he ‘does’ is entertain people, encourage positivity and counter anger from spiteful people with kindness, maybe if you received more of this in your own life you wouldn’t set out to ruin something that does people good. His unoriginal idea has made a huge impact on a lot of people and actually made a difference to the majority of them. I just recently noticed this page and in a matter of minutes on a search engine you can find tons of positive feedback on the god page. Let’s say he were scamming people like you guys claim, he spent several years on this page and is still going for $5000, and somehow he manages to have a policy holder verify his account of things on top of this? Where’s the big money making part of this whole ‘scheme’ come in, 20k was what he would’ve gotten off of it. There are much quicker ways to make that kind of money and he wouldn’t have peoples eyes on him in the process so this makes no sense to me whatsoever. Sounds like jealousy that someone is getting more attention than you.

          So your idea is to rag on the person responsible for this and try to turn people on him, where’s your original concept in all this? There’s no reason to be so hateful when you don’t know anything about this person.

          I don’t see anything bad coming from people having an open forum to communicate issues in their lives without concern of how it is going to impact them in their community. And the guy seems genuinely nice and offers encouragement to people to make them feel better. How is this bad in the slightest?

    • Tom

      December 6, 2013 3:31 PM

      God, told the truth as he learned it. He was first told it was for missed payments. When he learned that his Mom had cancelled the policy, he told his followers and apologized and apologized to the insurance co. and asked his followers to quit attacking the ins. co. No one is being scammed here. People are entertained and tipping the entertainer. Chill.

    • Marianne

      December 8, 2013 11:18 AM

      You got it backwards. He claims nothing. He goes with the flow.
      I think you come off very spitefull.
      If I were you I’ld try to find out what made this god have such a hold on me.

  34. Jennifer C

    December 6, 2013 10:40 AM

    Facebook God is like having a GREAT friend. A friend who makes us laugh, listens to our problems, helps us when we need them and keeps the bullies and jerks at bay.

    We all know that Facebook God is Facebook God.

    And, I would like to keep it that way.

    I can’t speak for everyone, but people who donated money towards a vacation for Facebook God’s dad KNOW they are giving money to a person for a vacation. There was no fine print, there was no ulterior motive; it was spelled out pretty clearly that the money would be used for a vacation and people were still WILLING to give money to a vacation fund. They didn’t do it because they were duped, they did it because it means a lot to someone they like, someone they consider a great friend. If people wanted the money to go to a charity, they would have given it to a charity. What Facebook God decides to do with the money is up to him because it was a gift.

    Great article. I’ll keep my Facebook God.

    • Anthoni P-R

      December 6, 2013 2:54 PM

      Most excellent observations, Jennifer C! Especially knowing that Facebook God posted when the goal was reached, and people STILL continued donating just because we love Facebook God that much. It’s a shame the nay-sayers refuse to accept that, even when you pointed it out so clearly and eloquently.

  35. Wilmer

    December 6, 2013 11:16 AM

    I’m a Christian and I love this page….I’m not one of those crazy people who curse/put down a person because they have different religious beliefs.

  36. cheryl

    December 6, 2013 11:38 AM

    You can go to church and be told you need to pray for your sins because you were born of sin , be made to feel bad about the person you are and pray for forgiveness OR ………………………….you can go to facebook God and laugh, feel inspired and witness true “christian values” all the while feeling that much better about yourself.
    The church expects money and hands around a plate ( to pave the way to heaven?) FB God wanted some to help his dad ! Although I didnt donate , its easy to see which is the scam and which is the way of 1 person reaching out to help another>
    I LOVE FB GOD

  37. Vitor

    December 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    Hi! Nice article but a little too soft. Of course FB God is good at promoting kindness and love among us, but it is also about mocking the ridiculous irationality of religions as a whole. He’s probably an atheist like me but i don’t care. Even if he wasn’t he gets facts, discrepencies and the hate of religions in a very combative way.

  38. BuFFy Brutiful

    December 6, 2013 12:52 PM

    I don’t believe in God, however, this FB God RULES! He is so humorous, and it’s very entertaining to watch the Xtians curse him out and tell him how wrong he is. When it’s really them who is so wrong.

    I’ve seen lots of laughs and lots of good come from FB God. Why he even helped to set up a kidney transplant via his Facebook page to save a life. He does lots of good, and I think that’s why he is so well loved and people stepped up to help HIM, in his time of need.

    I can admit now, although I’m not religious, I HAVE FOUND GOD! LoL

    • Meh

      December 8, 2013 2:07 PM

      Chris Hardwick’s father died of a heart attack on November 16th. He discussed it openly on his AMC Talking Dead show the next day. So if he’s the guy behind the God facebook page, did he switch the gender to use the story? His father had remarried, was he that attached to his step-mother?

  39. hahahahaha

    December 6, 2013 12:55 PM

    The funniest thing to me is the amount of people I see saying there is constant negativity on Facebook. I haven’t experienced that at all. While I certainly see it on Twitter (for any number of psychological reasons, it’s easier to be a jerk when you’re hiding behind a fake name), I can’t remember ever having seen genuine cruelty on Facebook. Granted, Facebook does have the wonderful potential to hide feeds one disagrees with, and ignore/block people more easily than certain other services.

    And, perhaps it’s just me – after all, you get back what you put out into the world – but I don’t see Facebook as a negative experience in any way. It’s a tool, like email (and don’t think Google is aggregating data for companies, either) or any other internet service, to take or leave at will. I don’t personally find it a negative place, nor have I ever, and I think it’s hilarious when people go on and on about examples of negativity on Facebook – guess what? That’s negativity you’re INVITING into your life, and I’d bet anything it’s not solely restricted to your Facebook account.

  40. pete

    December 6, 2013 1:20 PM

    Well he did prove that if you get enough fans then you can get them to give you money. seems like a scam but hey, who the hell am i, i only use facebook for fun not profit. the best part is that everyone took him at his word without a shred of evidence. They are either psychic or stupid, we will probably never know.

  41. Roxanne

    December 6, 2013 1:24 PM

    I’ve been following the big guy for about a year now, and I’ve seen him do more good than the other god. <3
    Man created god in his image……

  42. kayvaan

    December 6, 2013 1:44 PM

    2 things:

    1 – FB God undeniably does good and brings people together on FB.
    2 – The whole donation thing put me off a little. It’s just not clear how much $ FB God’s dad *needs* in terms of some kind of financial hardship vs. a nice trip to Europe and getting his house paid off. I don’t begrudge him or his dad anything – it’s great that they’re getting $$. But *personally * if it had been me I would have a) been a lot more straightforward and clear about all the facts up front and b) defined how much they *need* and start donating any excess to charity. The fact that he’s just willing to take all the $$ people send him based on needs that aren’t entirely clear is a little weird to me. Not shady – based on the info I have – just maybe a little off-putting.

    Nonetheless, I don’t have any reason to think that FB God has anything but the best of intentions based on the facts I have.

    My 2 cents.

    • kayvaan

      December 6, 2013 1:47 PM

      Just to be crystal clear – as far as I can tell FB God is a really great person and he’s funny as heck to boot. I recommend his FB page to everyone I know.

  43. Mike O

    December 6, 2013 2:12 PM

    Does no one else see the similarities between this blog and the “God” page on Facebook. Same cartoon style drawing on each page. God always says “keep being awesome” and at the top of this page it says “be awesome”. Could it be this article was written by the face behind “God” to get more attention to his cause in hopes of more donations?

    • Daylan Pearce

      December 6, 2013 2:52 PM

      Haha. Wow. Im flattered Mike, but sorry to disappoint. I have no godly powers or donations. I do see the similarities in the pics though. Cheers.

  44. Sarah

    December 6, 2013 2:13 PM

    I dislike most Christians and Christianity in general. I think many/most are bogota using “scripture” to support their ugly opinions. FB God gives me hope and faith. There have been times where I even thought, “Damn, maybe that’s really Him…” I’m saddened but fully understanding about how God has recently broken character. Who could blame Him.

    Anyways. He’s so much more Christain than all the people that post hateful comments about His perceived blasphemy & shit. Go God, go!

  45. Lacrima

    December 6, 2013 2:35 PM

    First of all – nice article.

    Besides “masterclass in human connection” I would add masterclass in social behaviour. This page is really interesting to analyze. I recently discovered FB God and, like most of the people, spent time of going through past posts which were really nice and funny. FB God seems like a really nice person, someone we can relate to, someone who we all tend to be right? He spreads messages of peace and love, he tries to help people and after all HE is one of us. He found a way to connect all these people and that is something that is truly amazing and you have to respect it. That is something that every brand tends to achieve in digital communications, and this type of work is very demanding and requires a lot of time, research, thinking, reading, strategies etc…

    BUT… i must say that after I saw the post about fundraising I really felt betrayed. Not that I don’t believe his story, but simply because I immediately thought of myself. I would never take money from a bunch of people who trust me, knowing that they have no idea who I am. Maybe, and only maybe in case of life or death (and in that case i would provide every single evidence).
    For me, it’s just not moral. And because I really tend to question things.

    I don’t want to make any assumptions because I always want to believe the best in people although I get disappointed very often. I just felt the need to say something about this. I still like that page and I still support FB Gods help towards other people that obviously need help and support.

    In the end, if he is a cheater Universe will judge him. Or Karma. Or something.

    I truly wish he is not.

    • Jason Hutchinson

      December 8, 2013 2:53 AM

      Well said. I don’t understand how to so many of his fans he is a true celebrity. With those types of fans, they would give anything to feel like they are somehow connected to that celebrity. Personally…

      Let’s just be honest. God is no different than other “celebrities” like Kanye West… Oh, except West actually develops his own content….

  46. jen

    December 6, 2013 5:38 PM

    Although I feel bad for god about his mum dying a big part of me is actually gutted. I now know he is a human whereas before I could wonder over how amazing it would be if god existed – to me he represented the unknowable and now that illusion is shattered. In a selfish way I am sad. The page has lost its charm for me now. :(

  47. Lee

    December 6, 2013 6:49 PM

    I liked God on fb a while ago & I donated a couple of dollars. To be honest it was not enough for it to bother me if he runs off to Bermuda with his “ill gotten gains” & without his Dad, I just wanted to give a little something back for the laughter & smiles that page has brought me since I found it. I know plenty of people who have done personal fundraising online via facebook. Some to try to save beloved pets or to raise money for medical treatment or equipment for themselves. Its not like God is the only one doing it, its not a unique situation & no-one forces you to give. As for him getting upset & ranting a bit, cut him some slack his Mum had just died! Both my parents died last year & it leaves a huge gaping wound in your heart that’s hard to deal with. I don’t know if God has any admin, but its a big undertaking running a group with about 1000 people on fb, let alone looking after a page with over a million people involved. It would be worse than herding cats. He’s spending a lot of time on something that he most likely began as a bit of a joke.

    • Lacrima

      December 7, 2013 4:08 AM

      But that’s exactly the point. When did WE started paying for laughter and happines? That is really sad.

      • Lindsey

        December 7, 2013 9:30 AM

        When we pay for comedy shows. Being able to run and manage a page that large (get it that large) probably took some money, and takes a lot of time.

  48. Wendy

    December 6, 2013 10:54 PM

    I have so much respect for Facebook God, which was solidified when a person who was considering taking his or her life contacted God and was told not to do it, that they were worth something. Many others have received words of support and acceptance when struggling with issues such as being gay or having mental health issues.

    A ‘scammer’ scams people with no thought or care for the welfare of others. Through His page, FB God has shown repeatedly that he is a caring, non-judgmental, secular person and not only provides humour but rationality , common sense and support.

    I a committed atheist but love FB God!!

  49. God

    December 7, 2013 4:38 AM

    Did you not approve of my comment?

    ROFL, it doesn’t matter, your Facebook God isn’t going to get very far no matter how much you write about him.
    Just remember we have already been here before because History repeats itself.

  50. Lindsey

    December 7, 2013 9:35 AM

    I think if I had the means to help someone I loved get through a hard situation, I would ask for help. I know many people who show their face and do so and it is a scam, sometimes it’s not. No one probably donated more than they could afford, and they did so without the confirmation that he is a good person. Which is not a bad, stupid, or naiive thing. I think most are aware that they may be ripped off, but that is their choice. Either way, it warms my heart that people were so willing to help out someone they do not truly know because they saw suffering, and for me, that is all that matters.

  51. Shirley Stephens

    December 7, 2013 11:21 AM

    There is such a thing as being religious and being a follower of Christ and trying to live like Him. He preached ” Love your Neighbour as yourself. ” If we all lived that way it would be a much different world. :)

  52. Wyatt Jennings

    December 7, 2013 5:11 PM

    After reading 80% or more of this thread, I got frustrated and scrolled all the way down to the end. To my amazement, the last post is from Shirley Stephens which ironically is my mothers maiden name.

    Daylan Pearce obviously has NOT found the true GOD. If he or she is lucky, perhaps they will. IIt took me almost42 years to find Him.

    Since I am kind of lazy, I figure…what the heck. Might as well post something I wrote years ago. After all…this blog basically is posting everything and anything…cartoon portrait profile is disturbing… and mocking GOD.

    I like to stir up a little trouble (with anyone) and partly because they seemed like idiots sometimes, but most likely because I liked to stir up the trouble. My intentions are not of disrespect, or ones honor. Think of it as a challenging conversation. Country people, aren’t used to seeing this kind of hair” TEDDY….come back here!”….” I liked to bait them about the problems that I saw in the Bible. But, you know, it was as I found out more about these “problem areas” that I learned what the Bible is trying to convey.
    I had often heard my religious friends say (especially Catholics), “Jesus died for our sins” or “Jesus died to save the world.” I could see how the good example of Jesus’ actions might possibly influence some men and women to live better lives, but it was inconceivable to me that anything done by one man nearly 2,000 years ago could have a direct effect on how we live in the 20th century. And I certainly couldn’t see how Jesus’ death, no matter how noble or unselfish, could possible make up for all the evil in the world.
    In my opinion, if God existed, He would either have a loving and forgiving nature or He would not. If He wasn’t inclined to forgive men’s shortcomings, I didn’t see how Jesus’ death could change His mind, and if God was a forgiving sort, I couldn’t see why He would need a human sacrifice to prove it. Obviously the Tsunami tragedy is an example of either God’s wrath.
    I think that that God had originally created man in three distinct parts (or dimensions.) The first is the physical body, which contains the five senses. These are responsible for a lot of selfishness. Our body is not who we are. It’s the physical membrane we live in. Many humans actually destroy their own bodies because they like many other humans believe that we are only animals. Wolverines, storks, dolphins, etc….Yes, we are animals, but there is one profound difference. We know the difference between right and wrong.
    The second part of man is the soul. This is the real you and me. It contains the mind (the non-physical source of thoughts which activates the physical brain), the emotions, the will and the conscience (or moral reasoning power.) The Bible teaches that the soul is non-physical and indestructible (it will exist in some state forever).
    There is a third part of man called the spirit. I had always thought that the terms “soul” and “spirit” were just two names for the same thing. I had already decided that there must be a non-physical part of man. Even Freud, who was a confirmed atheist, was forced into an explanation of human behavior that involved non-physical elements. (As far as I know no one has ever operated on a human brain and found a physical I.D., ego or superego.
    On the other hand one the greatest physicist of my lifetime and any other…Albert e Einstein…. supposedly believed in God. As he grew older and pondered his own concepts and destiny he eventually realized that the cosmos , the universe, the heavens, stars, etc. could and would never stop. His profound equations had no definitive proof for that one! If they did, what was on “the other side”? Rod Sterling I suppose. His profound equations had no definitive proof for that one!
    I began to see that this Hebrew concept of spiritual death described me exactly. I had read and heard a great deal about God and had spent many hours thinking about the idea of God, but I certainly had never directly perceived or experienced Him….until one evening when my dad fell into a coma for no apparent reason. To make a long story short, I knew and found God because of David’s near death experience.
    I began to see the answer to something else that had bothered me. I had always said: “If God created man and man has an evil side to him, then why should God blame man for acting the way He made him?” (In the long run it seemed as though evil were God’s fault, not man’s.) It’s mans fault when you screw up. (or woman’s) I saw that God had created man with freedom to respond to God’s love and love Him back. I will NEVER forget the warmth and spiritual comfort I felt when I looked at his slippers and offered a simple prayer. Please let him live a little longer God. Within seconds I jumped up and screamed “He’s gonna live.!!!! My Mom and brother in the other room had their doubts. That very night I squeezed his hand and he literally woke up.
    For love to be real, a person has to be free to choose to love (and free to choose not to). For example, I want Ali to freely choose to love me, not to be forced into it.
    God looked forward in time and took all the spiritual death generated by you and me and all the other men and women who will be born until the end of time and put that death penalty on Jesus too. I still am unclear about the concept of time.
    In the recent film “The Passion” Jesus cried, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” He was experiencing to the fullest the spiritual death generated by countless men and women throughout the ages. He literally experienced spiritual hell as he was continuously beaten. … even though He committed no sin and was not deserving of death….I now believe that He actually died spiritually in our place. In my place. In your place.
    One thing continued to puzzle me. I could see how Jesus, if He lived a perfect life and therefore was never unplugged from God, could die spiritually for one other man’s sin (and it seemed logical that He would have to stay dead eternally). But I couldn’t understand how Jesus as one man could possibly die and stay dead for only a few days – the Bible says He was resurrected three days later] – and still manage to pay off several billion eternities of separation from God.
    Surprisingly, I suddenly remember that I found the answer while I was a student at San Francisco State College. I asked a math major who lived in my dorm about this, and he replied, “You’ve forgotten that Jesus, though He was in human form, was actually the infinite God. If He had suffered spiritual death for even 10 minutes, He would have generated more than enough death to pay for 100 billion eternities of separation from God. Remember He was giving up infinite life, and infinity multiplied times anything still equals infinity.” Or as he wrote down for me: Jesus yielding infinite life x 10 minutes = infinite eternities of spiritual death payments.
    But I was still confused about this: Why, if Jesus’ death paid for all the spiritual death for all the ages, do men still experience separation from God? Then I realized that God still can’t violate our free will without making us subhuman. God has gone to great trouble and sacrifice to provide forgiveness for us and to restore us to fellowship with Himself.
    Forgiveness and a new spirit are free gifts that He offers us. If we refuse His gift, we will continue to experience spiritual death, and when our physical life ends, we will be cut off eternally from God and His love. Those who accept Christ’s death as payment for their spiritual death are given new “spiritual eyes.” They are again complete in body, soul and spirit. For the man who has this new nature within him, physical death is no threat. When the soul sheds the physical body, the man himself continues to grow and have fellowship with God through His spirit.
    No matter what “faith” you embrace, please just ponder the word faith itself…………….
    As we grow older more and more loved ones will pass on. Notice how I use pass on. Some people actually believe that the human body rots and that’s all there is. In fact sometimes Ali and her brother George gang up on me with conviction that this is true.
    The most accurate depiction of the Greek Gods is said to be the Iliad. Apollo, Zeus, Mercury, and the slut Cassandra.
    I rarely go to a church. In fact I will be honest. I go to church when I walk in and talk to the Senior Pastor about buying a Riso.
    I hate the manmade havoc that religion causes. I do not feel comfortable bragging anymore, especially about money.
    I love the wonderful glow of an orange sunset, the whisper of a gentle western wind and the hum of a loose ground wire from my turntable.
    I love being a native of California.
    Wyatt Jennings born in Sequoia hospital at 2:33 Am June 6, 1955.
    The year that many say Rock & Roll began.

    Chew on that for a while !

    • RageTH

      December 8, 2013 7:23 PM

      So.. In other words, you didn’t wanna read the article, but you still wanted to call it out as blasphemy because of the name alone?

      I read through the first part of your article, but then found a long-ass boring story.
      In other words…

      Tl;dr

  53. Jason Hutchinson

    December 8, 2013 3:07 AM

    I don’t understand the fascination here. It’s like “God” has become a self-fulfilling prophecy of celebrity for the sake of celebrity, with a rampant fan based who doesn’t even realize what they are fans of….

    The guys reposts other people’s memes, recreates other people’s content as his own, refers to people as assholes, shitheads, and dumbasses with such classy and insightful posts as “”You are fucking awesome, keep that shit up”. Is this really worth of such praise and admiration? Is this really the level of discourse that we are excited to support?

    Sure, he’s mellowed a little in the last couple of weeks after his mom’s death (and subsequent “make a wish” payout from his fans), but…. so what? He’s not a content creator, he’s not clever, he’s just social media guru who knows how to re-post other people’s ideas as his own… The only thing he’s got going for him is that he calls himself “God”. (Now, think about it, would anybody care about his posts if his page was just called “Random Memes?”

    Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the article and the author’s point of view. But, I’ll be honest – I couldn’t tell if this was a tongue-in-cheek joke article at first. Honestly, the same case could be made for Kanye West or Lindsay Lohan if you squint, tilt your head, and only choose select portions of their lives…

    • Maggie

      December 8, 2013 3:59 PM

      I have to agree. I’m a raging atheist with a dirty mouth and an appetite for good comedy, but his stuff just isn’t funny and he certainly isn’t the “nice guy” that is talked about here… (Sure, he reposts very select segments of conversations that he has to make himself LOOK like a nice guy, but seriously – look how he treats anyone who doesn’t kiss his a** or agree with every single word he says…)

      And, it’s not just that he doesn’t create any of his own material, but he chooses what is the equivalent of fart humor about 80% of the time. The fact that he has tricked people into thinking he is an anonymous celebrity worth giving money to for the sake of giving money is just hilarious to me. What a sad sign of our times, eh?

  54. Danielle W.

    December 8, 2013 4:50 PM

    I find it pretty convenient that his original (angry) post toward his mother’s insurance company that incited his fans (sheep) to attack New York Life’s facebook page has suddenly disappeared.

    Why do his fans really think he cares about them? Oh, that’s right – because he’s a master manipulator…

    Con Man Training 101
    – Make people think you are their friend
    – Do something out of character to show your vulnerability
    – Remind your “friends” how much you love them
    – Do something to spark outrage, portraying yourself as a victim
    – Remind your “friends” how much you appreciate them
    – Ask your “friends” for money to make up for the horrible atrocity you are going through

    Come on, people. You have NO idea who this person really is! You only have a vague idea of who his/her CHARACTER is on Facebook. For all you know, he/she could be an African prince…

    I’m all for pitching in to support artists, comedians, musicians, and anybody who really brings something to your life. For those who gave for that reason, more power to you! After all, he’s an entertainer.

  55. Remy Brown

    December 11, 2013 12:07 AM

    I also have a fundraiser on Indiegogo. I am a senior college student going into my last semester and I am trying to get any contribution towards my tuition payment so that I can pay off my balance before the next semester. This tuition payment would be the only thing stopping me from graduating. My site is below:

    http://igg.me/at/RemyBrown/x/5299130

  56. Katherine W.

    December 19, 2013 5:09 AM

    I’ve followed God for a long time, and he’s a truly awesome person. I don’t care who the person behind the keyboard is, or what they do with the money. I felt proud to donate to help out another human being who was hurting, and am over the moon when I see how far his indiegogo account has come. I’ve met some wonderful people on his facebook, and love to joke that “God brought us together, and you can’t actually be *certain* of that most of the time.” He’s the God we deserve. If God was one of us, he’d be a lot like this gentleman, that I know.

  57. A

    January 21, 2014 4:56 PM

    Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8 NIV

  58. Joe

    February 22, 2014 10:44 AM

    So who do you guys think is behind this?

    I think it might be the creators of Southpark? Trey / Matt?
    If not, no complaints from them on this Person using their cartoon characters (devil/Jesus etc?) Also the humor would fit?
    :)