One of the aspects of many God fearing people that confuses me is the way they are so willing to praise God for miracles.
A small child stumbles into a busy road and is missed by hundreds of vehicles – “Hallelujah! God performed a miracle and saved the child from certain death!”
In several other places, small children are killed on roads by motor vehicles and, if there is any comment at all, “It is the work of Satan!”
A small child recovers from an apparently life threatening illness – “Hosannas! God is in His heaven and looking down in divine benevolence.”
Thousands of small children die each day from what should not be life threatening illnesses like hunger, thirst or measles and we know that no comments will be passed because it happens every day and is Satan’s work.
What is it with these people that they are so convinced that their God of love can create miracles every now and again for particular individuals and that makes Him more powerful than Satan who can destroy thousands of lives on a daily basis? Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?
If God can miraculously cure one child, why can he not prevent the deaths of millions by moving a few rain clouds over areas that are drought ridden and subject to innumerable, unnecessary deaths? It is not like we would expect Him to arrive on the earth in a chariot of gold drawn by four fire breathing horses and accompanied by a host of angels – just a little manipulation of the winds is all that is required.
Of course, we know that the God of love is not going to either show His face or offer succour to His subjects. His creation has been abandoned to the will of Satan who is being allowed to demonstrate in no uncertain terms that when it comes to a show of power, God isn’t even in the race!
It’s about time god botherers got their priorities straight.
It is time to stop being grateful for the crumbs from the master’s table and to start demanding proof that He does, indeed, have the power over life and death and can be just as powerful as Satan.
We know that isn’t going to happen because we have an article of faith that tells us that we are sent to earth to suffer torments and to have our faith tested.
How bloody convenient!
In the words of William Cowper, “God moves in mysterious ways, his miracles to perform” but, in reality, He doesn’t move at all. God cannot expect to receive lavish praise for the occasional miracle without also expecting the proliferation of doubts and deprecation created by His apparent lack of concern for the perils and suffering caused by His abject inaction.