Seen on Facebook, "a friend of a Christian friend":
"Beautiful work of God in a heart abandoned to Him
Trials are His beautiful ways of shaping us and carving us to be a purer image of His Son to a needy world"
If God sent me Lipedema then He is meaner then Queen Spider and her consort could ever hope to be. I meet people who are atheists all over who say God is cruel because of this false theology. How can I blame them when the Christian world is basically telling us, God is sending us all the bad stuff?
That famous Christian, the lady in the wheelchair, doesn't help matters either telling people that in other words that God sent her breast cancer.
I heard this years ago, when I have heard people say "Cancer is a gift". They believe God sent them the cancer. I remember saying to these people at my book club, "This would make God an ogre then!"
I wrote this to the people on Facebook:
are not from God. 20 years of chronic illness if I believed that, I'd
be an atheist tomorrow. There's nothing beautiful about trials. I don't
mean to be picky about this, but I know many people who are atheists
because they got this false message that
God sends suffering. This is a hard world that brings many bad things.
People lose faith over those messages. This is why I point this out, do
not want to upset anyone."
Don't get me wrong, I believe God can use the bad stuff for good, but if I imagined God up in heaven being responsible for sending Lipedema my way, me and Him would have some issues. Am I unfair to think that people who refer to beautiful trials, have never really had any?
Where does compassion go if people think Suffering is good for you? Will they try to end your suffering? I ran out of Catholicism over one of those theological points.Yes there will be some gospel based persecution and affliction but to think God sends diseases and suffering bothers me.
Maybe I overthink some of this religious stuff but something bothers me about people who refer to trials as beautiful. Something is not honest about it. It's religious virtue signaling. The people mean well probably trying to make the best of things but it seems more damaging in a way. Trials suck. This world is full of too much suffering and hardship. I do not believe that God sends people evil things. This natural fallen world produces the suffering....as I wrote in that other post.