Praise Jesus!

I see/hear these comments all the time.  Something good happens and then it’s “Praise Jesus”.  I recently read an article about a local company providing Christmas gifts for local needy children and the comments were filled with “God ALWAYS provides” or “God is Good-On time-Every time-All the time.”  Really? Well except for the millions of other starving children, or victims of the holocaust, or rape/abuse victims….and you get the point.  Credit needs to be given where it is due, and that is to the company that took their time and money to donate to these kids.  I find it frustrating when people want to thank their “god” for some good action but then turn a blind eye to all the other atrocities in the world.  For those situations I find this quote from Epicurus very fitting

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?

Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing?

Then he is malevolent.

Is he both able and willing?

Then whence cometh evil?

Is he neither able nor willing?

Then why call him God?


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  1. #1 by Midori Skies on December 17, 2013 - 3:25 am

    And then something bad happens and suddenly it’s “God works in mysterious ways.”

    • #2 by John L Knight on December 17, 2013 - 4:35 am

      Obviously the concepts you bring forward are complex and not worthy of a sentence or two. Because our wisdom is finite, such complexities are difficult to grasp. However, purposeful and prayerful study will reveal the truth needed for reconciliation with God.

  2. #3 by theatheistmomonline on December 17, 2013 - 4:03 am


  3. #4 by TheRebelsAdvocate on December 21, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    I’ve always said, God has the best PR guy in the business. If it’s good, he did it. If it’s bad, it’s either your own fault or the devil. Whenever there’s a horrific tragedy killing a multitude of people there seems to always be that one story of one or a couple of survivors and you always hear the same things, “God was watching over him/her” or “Their guardian angel was with them that day.” What about everyone else’s guardian angels? Were they all out on a smoke break or something? Did God try to save the rest and couldn’t make it in time, or did he just love them a little more than your family member and all the others that died in the tragedy?

    • #5 by John L Knight on December 21, 2013 - 5:19 pm

      Truth is revealed progressively as not all truth is given to one person all at once. Some people have more of a handle on truth than others. That applies in any philosophy or idealogy. No one corners the market on truth and some folks who refute someone’s view without adequate substance runs the risk of sounding just as absurd. Evil is one of many mysteries that preoccupy philospers and theologians, what is your explanation of tragedys and suffering?

      • #6 by TheRebelsAdvocate on December 21, 2013 - 6:30 pm

        What is my explanation of tragedy and suffering? I’m not exactly sure if I’m understanding your intention of that question correctly or not, but my explanation of all the bad in the world is quite simple, life sucks, bad things happen. My personal beliefs lead me to think there really is no rhyme or reason. I don’t believe in a spirit world (unseen by us) that is at war with one another, and we are the collateral damages at times. I am an agnostic, so I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have all the answers. I’m always searching, always open minded to others ideas. These are just a few of the assumptions I have made and choose to believe so far in my journey.

      • #7 by John L Knight on December 21, 2013 - 7:22 pm

        I appreciate your response. I think we can agree that outside of natural disasters, bad consequences happen as a result of decisions we make. The key is to cope, to learn, and to endure the hardships that come along. The human spirit is wired for survival and it amazes me to see people rise above pain, suffering, and loneliness. I’m glad to hear you have an open mind which will help to confirm your assumptions. Good luck on your journey.

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