Ok so yesterday me, my mom and my little brother were traveling down a rainy highway when a car flipped over and slid in our lane (though it stopped a good distance from our car).
My catholic mom, (and others I have told) constantly suggested I thank god that I'm alive. For the record, my brother and I are in the closet atheists. Anyway, I nod them off, and talk about the female driver, my mom says she should thank god that she didn't die in the accident, and I had to hold back my urge to say "should she thank, him for the broken arm, fractured neck, shock and totaled car too?"
anyway I just wanted to know if anyone else has had people give them the "thank god" routine.
Daniel Dennett wrote about more proper ways to be gracious.
Daniel's words and the point he makes is what comes to my mind whenever people thank gods. Often, I am offended when people they should be thanking go unthanked because people are falling all over themselves to thank their god.
I have an older sister that was born with birth defects. Many of her doctors thought she would die soon after she was born. She lived and is now 36 years old. My father and aunt still frequently discuss that their prayers and God's mercy saved my sister and that that is proof of God's grace.
I have argued with my dad countless times about it. The fact that the DOCTORS saved her life and that they wouldn't have needed to if she wasn't "given" the birth defects in the first place. She lives now with a man-made bladder and is frequently in the hospital for kidney infections. Yet, I am the one who is ungrateful for her presence and not recognizing the goodness of the Lord for allowing her to live through the hardships HE has forced upon her.
By the way... my sister is an atheist. Uh, yeah thanks. :-)
If Yahweh goes bowling and throws a gutterball, does this mean he is not omnipotent?
And if he is not omnipotent.......?
Are the Xians deliberately creating these openings? If so, thank you!!
Peeves me to no end also, and I've also seen it come out of the mouths of people who I know are not religious, as just something to say when things go your way. This is annoying, too.
I wait tables for a living, and two of the guys I work with thank god when they get a good tip. And I don't mean in the casual way as mentioned in the paragraph above. I mean..."Oh! Look at this tip! Thank you, Lord! God is so gracious! God is looking our for me today! Crap like that.
The most recent winner of American Idol thanked the lord for winning. Well, that's cheating! You had GOD voting for you? Like we could ever vote as many times as him!
Also, when you pray for your team to win, you are praying for the other team to lose. That's awefully nice isn't it? "please God, make THEM lose." So dumb. Of course, both sides are going to have people praying for their team to win. Who gets the W then? The side with more people praying? Or the "better" Christians?
The most difficult thing about all this to me is this:
When things go well, believers thank God (sometimes because they prayed, sometimes because he 'is just so good'). One can't really argue with them because "The good thing we prayed for happened, right?"
And now the problem: when things go bad (people who are being prayer for die and all that) I feel terrible for calling them on their failed prayer (so I usually don't) because it feels like kicking a crippled puppy (now I feel even worse for just that image).
And if I wait for things to calm down and to get better, I lost my window because "Well, God made it all better after all, right?"
But I agree, I also really don't like it when God gets all the credit for other people's hard work.