Play God Day – January 9, 2022

Play God Day is observed every year on January 9. While the name can suggest reenactment of some sort, this day is there to do something nice for someone other than yourself. The idea behind it is to “play God” for someone by doing something that reflects or represents God’s blessings. So, what would you do if you were God for a day? We came up with a few suggestions like paying for someone’s meal or groceries, offering to help someone in need, even if it’s just to cross the street, or getting involved in social issues that will make a lasting impact. The possibilities are endless!

History of Play God Day

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact period when the concept of God came into existence. There is no consensus on who, when, what, where, or how the concept of God originated. In fact, there is no real consensus on what or who God is. Each culture and religion has its version of God, and there are even subversions within these cultures and religions. While there are main characteristics of God that different groups agree on, each individual has their meaning and beliefs. In a general sense, however, it is commonly believed that God stands for a higher power, has an eternal and essential existence, is omnipotent and omnipresent, and is the Creator of all beings. Additionally, there is a widely shared faith in God to bless and guide everyone through a good life. 

The concept of Play God Day doesn’t come from a particular religious or cultural belief but from the basic idea that God is good to everyone, and we should be too. Play God Day is a day to make a kind gesture without a selfish intent, much like God would. These gestures don’t have to be miraculous or life-changing. All you have to do is make someone’s day just a little bit better than it would be otherwise. 

Just imagine what it would be like to be God for one day. Think about the things you would do or the problems you would fix. While several of those things may be out of your ability as a human, there will be some things that you can take baby steps towards on this day. For instance, if you would eliminate world hunger as God, donate to a food bank on Play God Day. While we don’t need an excuse to be nice to others, Play God Day is a great opportunity to do so. 

Play God Day timeline

6th Century
God is Here

The earliest use of the word ‘God’ is done in “Codex Argenteus.”

10th Century
God is Human

Western art portrays God as a man for the first time.

20th Century
“God is a Woman”

Historian, Merlin Stone, publishes a book about goddess worship.

21st Century
God is a Mystery

The debate regarding the existence of God gets more intense.

Play God Day FAQs

Is there a God day?

There is no officially declared God Day; however, certain religions have different days associated with God.

Who is God?

There is no universally accepted definition of God. However, God is commonly believed to be a divine being. 

How can I play God?

On Play God Day, the answer to this is simple — by doing something nice for someone comparable to God’s blessings. 

How to Observe Play God Day

  1. Do a good deed

    The most simple way to observe Play God Day is to do something nice for another person. No matter how big or small, any good deed without a selfish motive will do.

  2. Get creative

    To have a little fun with it, think of what it would be like to play God for a day. Imagine your day from beginning to end — what you would do, how you would act, what the world would look like by the time you were done with it, and more.

  3. Watch others play God

    Several film and television creations cover someone playing God and add a little sparkle of entertainment to it. You could start with the movie “Bruce Almighty”, for example.

5 Interesting Facts About The Concept Of God

  1. Questionable with time

    In 2016, fewer people answered “Yes” to a poll about believing in God than in 1944.

  2. Atheism is new

    The idea that there are no divine beings has only become widespread in modern times.

  3. Non-religious is not atheism

    An individual can believe in the existence of a divine entity without associating with a religion.

  4. Money matters

    Poorer countries believe more in the existence of God than richer countries.

  5. One thing in common

    Something that the majority of religions agree on is that God is essential for happiness.

Why Play God Day is Important

  1. It is a reminder to do good

    It is easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of life. Play God Day gives us a chance to slow down and be mindful of the kind gestures we can do for others.

  2. It makes you feel good

    While the whole point of this day is to do something nice without a selfish motive, it is always a good feeling to know you have made someone’s day better.

  3. It creates a sense of unity

    It is undeniable that there are innumerable different beliefs regarding God, and unfortunately, these differences can sometimes create social turmoil. However, a day like this is a reminder that no matter what version of God we believe in, everyone wants a happy life, and we can play a role in that.

Play God Day dates

YearDateDay
2021January 9Saturday
2022January 9Sunday
2023January 9Monday
2024January 9Tuesday
2025January 9Thursday

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