What if God was one of us? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Jack Bernhardt

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Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries

In 1995, people had a lot of questions. “Is there any film Tom Hanks can’t make good?” “Who shot Mr Burns?” “How do I get out of the maze screensaver in the new Windows operating system?” While all of these questions were eventually resolved (“The Terminal”, “Maggie Simpson” and “you can’t escape, this poorly animated brick labyrinth will be your tomb forever”), there was one posited that year by a young singer-songwriter which has never sufficiently been answered: what if God was one of us?

If you haven’t heard Joan Osborne’s song, it’s pretty standard in the “1990s female rock-pop with baffling lyrics” department, up there with Des’ree saying she’d rather have a piece of toast than see a ghost. Osborne suggests that God could be one of us (a slob like one of us), just a stranger on the bus, trying to make his way home, which immediately raises some questions. Has God got lost? Has he accidentally turned himself into a human and now can’t work out how to get back? Don’t get me wrong – this has all the makings of a Jack Black film that I would definitely sit through on a plane (working title: “Lost Faith” with God standing next to a signpost looking all confused, with the working tagline: “Looks like the lap of the gods … could do with a satnav”), but it doesn’t do a huge amount to answer the central question.

It’s pretty understandable that God, if he exists, would want to have a go at being one of us, even for a little bit

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