There are many things that religious folks will say like when they can’t explain something, or when a fact gets in the way of their faith. Things like “It’s all part of God’s plan”, or “God willed this to happen,” or even “I’ll pray for your mother during her heart surgery.” To me these just seem like ways to fill the silence, but of course there’s more to these comments than merely fishing for something to say.
I asked a Christian the other day something along the lines of “You don’t believe in science, yet things like computers, the internet and electricity don;t appear from mere faith, do they?” To which she answered “God made people, and people did the work, so there fore God did it.” God did it? By that logic, anything and everything that people do is preordained by God. The guy who shot up Oslo, Timothy McVeigh, Adolph Hitler and Pol Pot were all part of his master plan? God made people, and made us capable of all the things we can do, so therefore God is responsible for all the atrocities perpetrated by man, to each other and the planet.
The logic does not gel, especially when things do go the say someone would have hoped and they proclaim “Thank God for the recovery of my mother from heart surgery.” Have they stopped to wonder why their mother survived? Could it have had anything to do with the doctors and nurses who spent many years in university, learning their trade, perfecting the art of treating people with heart conditions, undergoing test after test until they were ready to actually save people’s lives? No, God did it.
It seems to me to be a shortfall in logic, a willful blindness to the complexity of things that are involved in any situation. Even if God made man, man does all the actual work, and the people who do the surgery and the people who invent and build the machinery that keeps people alive in hospital rarely get the thanks for their dedication, hard-work and innovations from people such as this. To them, all things that benefit them are a miracle, and all things that don’t go their way are a test.
This is just a short thought really. Has anyone reading this had a similar situation, where a religious person has thanked God where there was probably a more deserving person on the ground, here on earth that deserved the praise?