dashgalaxy86 wrote:tommy525 wrote:It only does when your wishes are in alignment with that of the good Lord. And most of the time it aint.
So when I was ten and I prayed to God that my grandpa and grandma wouldn't die until they had great grandkids, and the next day my grandpa was diagnosed with lung cancer, I guess God had some seriously different wishes that I simply could not align with.
For a long time I hated God for that. It felt like a serious "Fuck you". After that, I pretty much loathed anyone who said "The Lord works in mysterious ways", including the Blues Brothers, and I equally hated those who tried to say anything about God's plan. The one time I got in trouble at school my whole life, I told my Religion teacher in 6th grade (when I was 12) that she had "no idea what the hell" she was talking about when she discussed God's plan with the class.
I've become an atheist since then, and I've found happiness and contentment.
But even today, I am a little offended by tommy's statement.
So as an atheist you must understand that you now believe you were wrong to ask for a God to keep your grandpa alive and that cancer is just a natural part of life and death. Why not ignore Tommys statement rather than get offended by something you believe to now be nonsense? An atheist believes life is all you get. Why waste it being offended by people who believe differently to you? Since you are going to be nothing but scattered particles after you die why bother with religious types at all now? No point telling them anything because there is nothing to say. Dawkins should learn to can his yap too and just get on with enjoying life rather than trying to convert religious people to his way of thinking. He is essentially preaching his own religion. For an atheist life is fleeting and final. It is even more precious to the atheist as there is nothing before or after it. Ignore everyone else and have the best life you can have and get on with the business of loving your family rather than letting others offend you with their belief structures. Have a look into Dao. It might be a good fit for you and you are in the right place to learn about it.