The “Will of God” and the Fallen Idol

What do you get when you mix magic, idolatry, and religious fundamentalism? The irony that the same crucifix that you believe “cured your wife of cancer” has now crushed and caused the loss of your leg.

I feel bad for poor David Jimenez, who first had to endure the ordeals of his wife’s ovarian cancer, and has now lost his leg. I really do. And this is a pretty standard liability/injury lawsuit involving an accident and an insurance company.

But it is interesting how many people who attribute healing to prayer to crucifixes and the “will of God”, so quickly abandon this theological position when bad things happen. When good things happen, many devoted religious fundamentalists attribute the good they experience to the “power of God” and “God’s will” brought about through the power of prayer. BUT, when something bad happens, it is no longer the “will of God” (unless you’re a Republican running for senate), but is a civil liability claim against the church because of shoddy construction.

So when you need a miracle, you pray to God, but if God doesn’t deliver a blessing, you sue him.

Such is the state of religious fundamentalism in America today.

8 Responses

  1. I always thought all of it good and bad was at the least not against his will. He created the laws of physics and gave us free will. For the most part I think he just sits back and lets things unfold. Occasionally he will intercede and these are often what we call miracles. I never really thought about it but I suppose his intercession could be negative as well if this is his will.

    At the end of the day I fall back on the idea that He will never give us more than we can handle and that we will never fully understand his ways. As the saying goes, “pray as if everything depends upon God, work as if everything depends upon you.”

  2. If he doesn’t give us more than we can handle then why do people commit suicide?

  3. Because they don’t believe that they can handle it and they don’t trust in God to get them through it. I know the logic becomes circular. It is my belief though and using it has helped me through some rather rough patches that I didn’t originally think I could get through

  4. Do you think that all the people who were sent to the Nazi concentration camps were given “no more than they could handle”? Such a theological position is absurd on its face and trivializes the suffering of innocent people. I do believe in God but I cannot accept such simplistic, superficial attempts to avoid dealing with the problem of evil.


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  7. God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, and that’s why none of us die.

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