A lot of religious believers have told me that when something terrible happens in their lives, such as the loss of a loved one, the idea of God and his supposed plan gives them comfort. I used to believe this way, and now I’m pretty much sickened by it. I lost my mother, a wonderful person who never had a bad word to say about anyone, to a senseless disease. But thinking that it was somehow all a part of God’s plan would make it HARDER for me to deal with it. It would make me angry. It would make me ask questions like, Why would God even create this disease in the first place? Why give little kids leukemia? Why allow all of the terrible suffering that has plagued mankind for all of his existence, and still plagues him today? And I’m supposed to just chalk it up to God having a plan that I can’t know or understand? Not good enough. Pathetic, in fact. And wishful thinking, in any case, is not going to grant me any peace. Does believing in God grant some people comfort in their loss? Sure, but so do mediums and seances.
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