So here’s something that caught my eye. For my American followers, this is the story of a young football (soccer) player named Fabrice Muamba, who had a heart attack on the pitch a few days ago, but is now recovering well. A friend of mine, Charlie, pointed something out to me after seeing this story, and it struck me as decidedly odd. So, Muamba claims that god helped him to get better after his heart attack… But surely this was after god gave a healthy, young, fit athlete a heart attack in the first place.
It’s funny how that happens. Religious people often give praise to their deity for helping them recover from some tragedy or illness, but then who do they think caused said tragedy or illness in the first place? If god made them well; who made them sick?
There are many, (well, innumerable) aspects of religion that I can’t for the life of me understand, but this general idea has to be near the top. It’s like when people pray for the survivors of an earthquake who are still trapped in the rubble. It seems like there would be such a proverbial elephant in the church.
“Dear lord, please guide those still trapped into the safe hands of the blessed rescue workers, and give peace to the families that have lost loved ones. And please guide the souls of the dead to the kingdom of heaven. Oh, and by the way… What the fuck was that!?“
It’s a really odd duality that they think this god, who theoretically controls everything, can be praised for what is essentially a small silver lining in an otherwise massive grey cloud that who else but him, being that he controls everything, could have caused. Sure, Fabrice Muamba has survived his cardiac arrest, and grateful he should be for that, but all the doctors have said is that after “a length recovery process“, they were hopeful that “a normal life is within the spectrum of possibility”.
“Within the spectrum of possibility“? That’s the best he has? If he believes that god controls everything, his illness as well as his recovery, it really doesn’t sound like he’s got a whole lot to be thankful for. I hope he doesn’t feel that way, and I hope his religion gives him strength in what is, I’m sure, a very difficult time, what with his career and life as he knows it being over; but to say that he feels that god “didn’t let [him] down” is certainly a somewhat short sighted opinion.
I understand the premise of “the lord works in mysterious ways” and similar nonsense, but seriously… How does one reconcile the thanks they give for surviving a tragedy, with the fact that, by definition, he must have caused it?