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When God is Quiet.
Just some thoughts that have crossed my mind....
What do all ya'll think of the idea of "God watches out for people?" I ask because I read this article here about a woman (atheist) seeing her mother (Muslim) through fatal cancer: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jasmine-jaksic/battling-cancer-and-belie_b_6492732.html?utm_hp_ref=religion-science
You see, I read that and saw how this woman got exasperated at her mother's thinking that she was being punished by God and that God was definitely going to save her (not that science did any better in the end, being one of those "can't do anything about it" things). And, anyway, I thought about it and how it is a very common mentality to be sure that God will save your life / is punishing you if things go badly in life and ...
How very little I subscribe to that mentality. I mean, it's really surprising, isn't it? For a Christian (even a marginal one) to not think like that?
What I mean is, I actually have developed a fairly arbitrary view of the world, life and luck. It's not because I'm suddenly a (superior critical thinker!) it's just because I, think, if there is an eternity and a meaning to it all, that death isn't necessarily a bad thing. Even hardship might not necessarily be a bad thing even if it's bad from our perspective. What I mean is, if someone tells me that I was "blessed by God" to have escaped a life-threatening situation, or that "everything happens for a reason," I get a little inwardly annoyed with them, not just because "other people didn't escape," but because I kind of think of Life as being like having a job and surviving something simply meaning "You aren't allowed to knock off early." Or "Oh, I survived something. I guess it means that I'm still a part of this plot."
Maybe it's just because I want to die so much sometimes that I don't think surviving a near-accident or a disease is necessarily a "blessing" or "being saved" or a sign of divine favor. To me, when I think about it, it's more like "No, you can't leave. You've still got more toilets to clean."
I think what gets the "other side" of things is that being able to "think critically" and see hardship as random rather than being micromanaged, is that my mind (or dumb, defective brain) if you will, is still willing to see a higher force in this. In fact, I actually think it makes more sense to not think in terms of "deserving your fate" in regards to pain and death if you DO actually think there is going to be some meaning on the other side of it.
I mean, in secular circles, blaming the victim is as much of a game as it is for anyone. I can't tell you how much I blame myself for problems in ways that have nothing to do with religion whatsoever. I don't think God punishes me for anything and is more (if it exists) like a loving parent with open arms, while the "world" as it were, has gotten me on the ropes with feeling I'm not good enough in skill, in emotion, in health, in beauty, in age. I somehow have it in my head that I'm a failure of evolution, if anything, because of the more general secular-culture messages I pick up on.
Somehow, I missed that whole "God is punishing me" mentality. Now, sometimes the attitude of "Okay, maybe God is just being a dick" crops up, but is it strange that I apparently don't think how believers are "supposed" to on this stuff?
"Any thoughts in particular?"
Like "if I do or don't do X I'll have to do or don't do Y". A recent one was that I was afaid that the rice I raised through Free Rice wouldn't "count" toward the amount I was going for unless I flossed that day. That's one of the most minor ones (and flossing is a good thing to do), I've gotten over it but there are cases that are more personal. It looks just as strange to me when I write it as it probably actually is.
Pointing to God.
A Wonderful Explosion.
Yep! Surviving something bad just means there's still stuff for you to do now. Plot Armor may be in effect. And of course the final resurrection makes death a "mere" inconvenience. Just be glad you don't get brought back as many times as a comicbook character!
Or Link, Zelda and Ganondorf.
(My avatar is suddenly relevant).
Death Is a Slap on the Wrist? Not really, because you would be out of the story until the end of it, but it's better than never getting your body back ever. Don't think you'd want to have the resurrection body here and now anyways. What do you think we'd do if we could have immortality and no pain or harm here on a fallen world? Try to solve the world's problems? Take over?
It's about the act in itself, it doesn't need to be me to do it, if you feel like doing, then do. But someone must do it.
When Others Won't Forgive.
Answer the Cry.
Strengthen My Hands.
The Hand of God.
Our Source of Help.
I dunno if I'll really post here, but it's good to know I can be among others who share my faith if I wanna be. Hi, guys :)
Sledding and Praying.
Welcome. It's always good to know that you're not alone among the kingdoms of geeks.
A Closing Door.
Fresh blood for the coven!
No, no, Mantis. We don't need the newbie's blood.
The Lord knows that I've just given enough of my own!
Have a happy period my tailbone!
I'm new here (and I don't know what all these buttons on the forums do so please forgive me if I post a picture of a mule or report you to the police for a crime you didn't commit or some other random thing) but I figured I'd drop in a say I'm a Christian too so hi and excuse me for being so awkward.
Hello new people.
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