People and their worldviews are fascinating.
A now former Facebook friend posted something along these lines a while back: "FML! We totalled our car today after just getting it paid off last month and letting the insurance lapse. Thank God we're OK."
I commented what seemed like a natural response: "I'm so glad y'all are OK. Why do you suppose God caused the accident in the first place?". She unfriended and blocked me. This made be wonder a series of things...
- Why would my asking that question upset her so much that she would unfriend and block me?
- What about her faith makes her so sensitive to questions about it?
- More broadly, why would this god total her newly paid-off and uninsured car in the first place? Doesn't this god love her? If this god of hers really is in control and we're living out his perfect plan, why not spare her from the accident to begin with?
- Or is it that this god can't stop accidents but can stop people from getting hurt in them? If he can stop people from dying in accidents, why doesn't he help the tens of thousands of good people who die in accidents every year? This is called "the arrogance of the spared" and it makes no sense at all.
- And if your response is "God is mysterious and unknowable," what's all this $#!+ about you having a personal relationship with him?