Close Call

The cartoon above hopefully clarifies why some of us think that the expression of gratitude for one's own experience is problematic, when it posits God's direct and deliberate involvement in arranging circumstances for one's own benefit, while ignoring the contrasting experience of others and failing to offer a theological account of what befalls them in the same way one does for oneself.

Is it not better to simply express gratitude, rather than voicing the view that God is showing favoritism towards you, and is less kind towards those around you, in a way that may exacerbate the pain which those who are suffering feel?

 

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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship Censored

    Calvinism, for dogs. :)

  • R Vogel

    This remind me of a funny story relayed on FB by a family member. She was praising G*d because her son did well on a school test even though he didn’t properly prepare. During the test he came across an answer he did not know, prayed about it, and the answer came to him. I turned to my wife and said, ‘Wow, G*d helped her son cheat on a test.”

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      We actually talked in my Sunday school class today about prayer, as many people understand it, as a form of academic dishonesty or performance-enhancing drug.