When God Gives Us Too Much to Handle

(In response to this post)

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Matthew graduated Louisiana State University in 2009 with a BA in studio art and a minor in art history. He has been drawing cartoons and comics online for several years.

  • Guest

    Since ther is no god, I wonder who or what or nothing give people and apes too much to handle. So it is either handle it or go to the madhouse or cop out or commit suicide. Seeking a psychiatrist costs too much.

  • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

    When it rains more than my umbrella can handle, I wonder who or what gives umbrellas too much rain to handle.

    There is seldom a “who”. There is usually only “what”, and “how”.

  • fokm

    Any woman who says God will never give her anything she can’t handle has obviously never seen my penis.


  • JohnnieCanuck

    I once heard a nurse say that a sharp rap with a pencil was all it ever took to deflate the situation.

  • AxeGrrl

    Whenever someone utters that annoying maxim, I  always think “what idiot says that? every single suicide proves it to be wrong.”

    Whoever came up with that little saying clearly didn’t commit too much thought to it.

  • Guest

    Since there is no god or creator or spirit or greater being or whatever, then it must be nothing- perhaps it is only the self which makes problems hard to handle.

  • http://twitter.com/ylaenna M. Elaine

    People who believe this (coughlurkinginothercommentscough) also believe the fault lies in the one who committed suicide.  This is why suicide perpetrators go to hell – they despaired and lost faith in God’s Plan™.

  • The Other Weirdo

     You’ve been accused of witchcraft, they are coming for you, and you know what they’re going to do to you: torture you until you confess just to make the torture stop and then they’ll burn you at the stake. You’re dead regardless, and it’s your own fault for choosing an easier way out. I guess God is going to send you to hell for your suicide because he didn’t get to watch you get tortured and burnt. Very nice.

  • Artor

    Or a shot of cyproterone acetate if that doesn’t do the trick.

  • Coyotenose

     Good job in pretending that TR didn’t already refute your claim.

    Oh sorry, my bad. TERRIBLE job, actually. I must have had my monitor upside down or something. Your second post made more sense that way.

  • Darwin’s Dagger

    There is this complex dynamic thing in which we dwell called the universe. Some 99.99 percent of the whole thing is just plain toxic to us. The remainder includes earthquakes, tornadoes, governments, mortgages, people and assorted other shit that complicates our lives. No need for some intentional being to go around deliberately making our lives suck.

  • Patterrssonn

    Why do you find logic so hard to handle?

  • nakedanthropologist

    That’s right – too much laughter can eventually cause someone to pass out.  Way to go!

  • Cheepak Dopra

    It is true that God never gives you more than you can handle.

  • Beanie

    it reminds me a LOT of the statement “oh, they’ll step up to the plate and treat that baby just FINE once it’s born and they see that darling little face!” Umm, I guess that’s why there are* no* abused,neglected, or murdered-by-parent kids in this world, huh?

  • Deven Kale

     Actually, I’d basically agree with that. Pretty much completely. Suffering is primarily in the mind, and how it’s dealt with varies from person to person. Mental disorders such as schizophrenia, clinical depression, bipolar disorder, anorexia, etc. can compound the problem, and sometimes actually make it literally impossible to deal with (which is what leads to suicide), but it’s still all contained within the “self.”

  • Deven Kale

     Wow, that seemed really zen there. Weird… Maybe I should look into Buddhism a bit more. ;)

  • Cheepak Dopra

    Am I the only atheist here? The saying is true. Suicides don’t prove anything.

  • AxeGrrl

    Suicides don’t prove anything.

    Sorry, with this issue, they most certainly do prove something.

    Suicides prove that those who commit them couldn’t handle remaining alive.  Which, in case you didn’t notice, disproves this eye-roll-inducing ‘God doesn’t give you more than you can handle‘.

    This point really shouldn’t have to be explained. 

  • Rory

    I think the point Cheepak is making is that nothing about your argument proves that god or gods have anything to do with whether or not people experience more than they can handle.

  • Rory

     Though I guess what I missed in your argument originally is that for someone who would put up such a sign, or attend that church, they accept as given the existence of god. And if you accept that god exists and plays a role in determining what happens to us, then the existence of suicide proves that sometimes god gives people more than they can handle. So I guess your argument stands, if we take god’s existence as given. For an atheist, of course, everything about the sign is wrong.

  • MG

    It wasn’t bad enough that people used this line on my depressed brother, thinking they were being some kind of a help. When he killed himself, I heard so many more versions of this crap, said to my devastated parents, that I honestly spent most of my time actively trying not to scream.

     I got more solace and comfort from the two guys who said “I’d like to ass-rape fucking depression with a rusty chainsaw” and “Don’t make yourself miserable trying to figure it out, because the truth is, life is completely fucked up”. Because A: they were cool people who genuinely loved and mourned my brother and B: they kept my fundy cousins the hell away from me with their language. (Denny & Brad, I’ll always love you.)

  • Cheepak Dopra

    What makes you think it was God’s fault?

  • Deven Kale

     Omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence. They where there, knew what was happening, and did nothing at all to stop it, even though they easily could have. Guilty by association.

    Also, this god supposedly planned out every single event which ever happens in advance. This means they also planned to give this person who committed suicide that much grief, and planned to have them kill themselves because of it. Because he loves them? My ass.