Thank God for Allowing Me to Send Another Tweet

Because I have a Twitter and a Facebook and am connected with those who are religious, I constantly see posts that follow this theme: "Thank god for allowing me to see another day."

After my initial reaction of a slight chuckle of amusement and I really start to think about the "rationale" behind these posts, I get really annoyed. How arrogant do you have to be to thank god for allowing you to live another day? Like he personally goes through a checklist of all the people in the world and picks who gets to wake up every morning and, hallelujah, he picked you! To me this thinking just seems absurd--condescension disguised as awe.

Is this just another example of the audacity that comes with religion, or are people truly servile to the belief that an invisible man in the sky controls every trivial aspect of their day-to-day lives, for which they should be grateful that he would simply let them live? On second thought, I think a better question would be HOW do people believe this is true? Because, obviously, they do believe it.


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Tags: annoy, arrogance, belief, control, god, life, post, rationale, religion, social, More…thank

Comment by Mark Bray on November 6, 2010 at 5:30pm
I just wonder if it's a subconscious desire or need to state something, but can't think of anything else to post.
Comment by Debbie on November 6, 2010 at 5:44pm
I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels that way. I have like 40 "friends" on Facebook and have seen god, jesus, lord, prayer, church like 8 times since lunch. I mean, really? Did you do nothing else today? I rather hear about your bowel movements and a picture (not really; just sayin'.
Comment by James on November 6, 2010 at 11:22pm
Like he personally goes through a checklist of all the people in the world and picks who gets to wake up every morning and, hallelujah, he picked you!

Ah ha! Maybe that's what happened with Jesus. He missed his name on the list for a couple days, then when he saw his mistake he said "Holly shit! I better fix this!". lol :)

Seriously though, it comes off as if you have a spy following you every day that is ready to snuff you out as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Hardly sound benevolent to me.

Confirmation bias maybe. As a believer, God is supposed to smile upon them. So anything good it a gift from and a sign of God. It's quite sadly, just the way their minds have been molded to perceive things.
Comment by Loop Johnny on November 7, 2010 at 8:34am
You have nobody to thank but yourself and the whole gazillion factors that are in play in this stage called reality. People feel the need to thank somebody. That somebody is God. It is like protocol. If you "thank" God than people think: "God will recognize my appreciation and will give me more good days."

It just satisfies ones needs.
Comment by Perthy on November 7, 2010 at 12:52pm
I have the same problem. I think, for most of them, it's a chance to show other christians on their facebooks/twitter, that they are 'holier than thou'. It's a battle to see who is the most righteous.
Comment by Ben Peelman on November 7, 2010 at 3:29pm
If one truly believes in a God, that God is the be-all and end-all... Then thanking it for allowing you to drop a turd is completely normal.... especially if you're constipated. How is this abnormal? Crass? Maybe. Religionists generally believe they are the instrument of their God (which is what can make them so self-righteous), so therefore, their actions, are God's actions (as God is "everywhere"). This also means that religionists are more susceptible to criticism, as they wouldn't want to misrepresent God. In Hobart, we don't get played by God, we play God! www.godsreview.org
Comment by Samuel H. Kenyon on November 7, 2010 at 6:24pm
Normal human socialness often involves a huge amount of repeating what each other says, and often these trite phrases become bromides. Some large percentage of Twitter is probably exactly that--saying mindless cliches and repeating other's mindless cliches. Humans by default seem to calibrate to each other in a group--the communication is part of the tribe recognition.

tl;dr It might just be social platitudes.
Comment by John Voss on November 7, 2010 at 10:14pm
Yeah, I always find that saying kinda ironic. Jebus told the people, do not pray in public to be seen by men, but in the secrecy of your room make your prayers known. Yet, every christianist I know loves to publicize their prayers. It's all a show, and truthfully, it just turns my stomach.

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