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If I were God for a day ...

If Virginia Fasteen could have the powers of God for one day, smiley faced clouds would dot the sky and snakes would snooze. The Moorhead woman was one of several Forum readers and students at Oak Grove Lutheran School who responded to a recent F...

If Virginia Fasteen could have the powers of God for one day, smiley faced clouds would dot the sky and snakes would snooze.

The Moorhead woman was one of several Forum readers and students at Oak Grove Lutheran School who responded to a recent Forum write-in.

In honor of the movie "Bruce Almighty," which opened Friday, readers were asked what they would do if they could be God for a day. The movie, which stars Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman, tells the story of a frustrated TV reporter who fills in as God for a week.

Responses ranged from whimsical to humanitarian to theological.

I would "have everyone clap at 12 p.m., have the flowers wave, whisper some answers to our world leaders, bring families together," Fasteen wrote. "Males would be in blue clothes, females in magenta and babies in yellow."

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Others were less fanciful in their responses.

"If I were God for a day I would love the unlovable, pardon the unpardonable, console the inconsolable, and understand the misunderstood -- even those who reject me, or maybe especially those who reject me. And I would never interfere with their right to do so. In other words, I would do the same things God does every day," wrote Genevieve Tougas of Fargo.

Others decided they would try to make the world a better place for the young, old and poor.

Judy Gilbertson of Fargo would become an attorney who helps those who can't afford legal help. Every child born on a given day would be wanted and perfectly healthy if LaVerne Simons of Pelican Rapids, Minn., could be God for a day.

But some decided it would be unfair to step into God's shoes. Ryan Kaul, a senior at Oak Grove, wouldn't do anything.

"To intervene in anything would be to take away peoples' free will," he said. "Evil hurts people, but I wouldn't want to take away peoples' choices."

His classmate Derek Tronsgard, also a senior, would have some fun and host a concert if he could be God for a day.

"I'd put together a Beatles reunion," he said. "Everyone loves them and as God you'd have the power to bring them (John Lennon and George Harrison) back."

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If she could, Karin Andreasen would capitalize on God's omniscient qualities.

She'd like to see the future so she could put out fires before they destroyed buildings and lives.

"But I'd also like to read peoples' minds," the Oak Grove senior said. "I'd like to see what my boyfriend's thinking."

Marilyn Johnson of Park River, N.D., decided as God she could do the world some good, while giving herself an extra pat on the back.

"The world would be so full of love that all the devil's powerful desires for us would not overcome us ever again and we would live in peace and harmony," she wrote.

"No little children would ever suffer again at an evil hand."

But she'd also give herself a gift. She had a Mercedes-Benz once, but her husband traded it in for a front-wheel-drive vehicle.

She's been pining for the car ever since.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Erin Hemme Froslie at (701) 241-5534

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