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Shadsie Staring At My Own Grave from Across From the Cemetery Relationship Status: My elf kissing days are over
Staring At My Own Grave
Jan 20th 2015 at 8:55:49 PM

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?

In which I attempt to be a writer.
Novis from To the Moon's song. Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
Jan 20th 2015 at 10:12:40 PM

"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.

You say I am loved, when I donít feel a thing. You say I am strong, when I think I am weak. You say I am held, when I am falling short.
bookworm6390 Relationship Status: Abstaining
Jan 22nd 2015 at 3:13:12 PM

Yep! Surviving something bad just means there's still stuff for you to do now. Plot Armor may be in effect. tongue 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!

Shadsie Staring At My Own Grave from Across From the Cemetery Relationship Status: My elf kissing days are over
Staring At My Own Grave
Jan 22nd 2015 at 4:19:17 PM

Or Link, Zelda and Ganondorf.

(My avatar is suddenly relevant).

In which I attempt to be a writer.
bookworm6390 Relationship Status: Abstaining
Jan 22nd 2015 at 6:03:18 PM

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?

PersistentMan My journal is ready Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
My journal is ready
Jan 22nd 2015 at 6:38:46 PM

is it about you doing it, or is it about them being saved? cause that sorta makes a world of difference.

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.

Have you forgotten the face of your father, troper?
Murataku FREE CANDY from Straya Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
FREE CANDY
Jan 30th 2015 at 2:23:10 AM

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 :)

Live it up, folks, cos tonight's the last Halloween!
Novis from To the Moon's song. Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
Jan 30th 2015 at 10:48:03 AM

Welcome Murataku.

You say I am loved, when I donít feel a thing. You say I am strong, when I think I am weak. You say I am held, when I am falling short.
Shadsie Staring At My Own Grave from Across From the Cemetery Relationship Status: My elf kissing days are over
Staring At My Own Grave
Jan 30th 2015 at 7:59:40 PM

Welcome. It's always good to know that you're not alone among the kingdoms of geeks.

In which I attempt to be a writer.
carbon-mantis Collector Of Fine Oddities from North Carolina Relationship Status: Married to my murderer
Collector Of Fine Oddities
Jan 31st 2015 at 10:31:15 AM

[up][up][up][up] Fresh blood for the coven!

Shadsie Staring At My Own Grave from Across From the Cemetery Relationship Status: My elf kissing days are over
Staring At My Own Grave
Jan 31st 2015 at 12:20:12 PM

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!

In which I attempt to be a writer.
IronicHandle from Serenity Relationship Status: The new Mrs. Reynolds
Jan 31st 2015 at 1:58:16 PM

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. smile

Brevity is the soul of wit
phantom1 Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Jan 31st 2015 at 2:39:30 PM

Hello new people.


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