[Okay, I'm gonna try this again. The first time I did this post, everything disappeared except for the first paragraph.]
A couple days ago, a 7-year-old girl in Illinois went missing. Of course, a Facebook friend (a Christian) posted a plea for prayers for the missing girl. The next day, a body was found, and it turned out to be the murdered little girl. Her uncle is being held in custody, presumably as a suspect in her murder. So the Christian Facebook friend posted:
Thank you for all who prayed for the missing girl in Effingham. The body they found earlier today has been identified as the missing girl's. They are holding her uncle in custody.
Praying for this family and holding my little ones tightly.
To which one of her friends replied: "Thankfully Jesus is holding her now!"
I'm sure atheists reading this blog will immediately see a couple problems that Christians who read the posts don't even consider:
Now that I've "seen the light," so to speak, about the truth of atheism, reading the above posts makes me almost physically sick. What do those people who were praying think about the efficacy of their prayers? Did they just not pray hard enough? Was it God's day off? Or did God just not care about this particular little girl? (Maybe her parents were atheists...) If she had been found alive, I'm sure there would have been much rejoicing, in praise of the "awesome God" who saved the girl. Since he didn't save her, they still rejoice, because she's with Jesus now(!) I guess God wins, no matter the outcome. They never stop to consider how ridiculous the whole exercise is. No, they'll continue to offer prayers to their loving God, and marvel at how He is helping the family deal with this horror, just a day after that same God was apparently on a lunch break. "Jesus loves the little children," eh?
This confirms in my mind that deserting my religion is definitely in my best interests...