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Old 05-01-2014, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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So, I live in Columbia, SC near Congaree National Park (which is an awesome place), and just this week, a man and his two young kids were lost in the park for 3 nights. Anyways, they were eventually found safe and in good health.

As you can imagine, the city was pretty hysterical while these people were missing. So of course, when this family was finally located and saved, social media was quick to give thanks; not to the 100 rescuers, though, but to God and all of his mercy. It just blows my mind how idiotic that sounds!

Where was he at during the landslide which was, you know, an actual natural disaster? Ughh... frustrating.
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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It happens. People are literally afraid to give credit to mere humans lest a jealous god be offended at their impertinence. Yet the same god does not want any responsibility for situations such as if those people had not been found alive and well.
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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Agreed. One of my acquaintance's mom was declared cancer free (which is awesome). The person put up a Facebook status though thanking god and everyone for the prayers. Nothing about the doctors, nurses, etc. I'm really glad her mom is cancer free, but it's kind of sad that she didn't thank them.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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Agreed. One of my acquaintance's mom was declared cancer free (which is awesome). The person put up a Facebook status though thanking god and everyone for the prayers. Nothing about the doctors, nurses, etc. I'm really glad her mom is cancer free, but it's kind of sad that she didn't thank them.
Well, to be fair, she probably did thank them at least to an extent, and they are probably not that aware of (nor necessarily even disapproving of) her FaceBook fulminations. These are rituals that people go through to appease the jealous god, and while it is true that full credit never seems to go where it is truly earned, I doubt that many of those people have been socialized to be comfortable with the praise and accolades they actually deserve, either.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:19 PM
 
Location: "Arlen" Texas
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It happens. People are literally afraid to give credit to mere humans lest a jealous god be offended at their impertinence. Yet the same god does not want any responsibility for situations such as if those people had not been found alive and well.
I like this, the bolded part especially.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:20 PM
 
Location: "Arlen" Texas
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Agreed. One of my acquaintance's mom was declared cancer free (which is awesome). The person put up a Facebook status though thanking god and everyone for the prayers. Nothing about the doctors, nurses, etc. I'm really glad her mom is cancer free, but it's kind of sad that she didn't thank them.
That reminds me of a cartoon where a doctor is inthe operating room over a patient, saying he'll put the tumor back if the family thanks god!
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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Agreed. One of my acquaintance's mom was declared cancer free (which is awesome). The person put up a Facebook status though thanking god and everyone for the prayers. Nothing about the doctors, nurses, etc. I'm really glad her mom is cancer free, but it's kind of sad that she didn't thank them.
doctors and nurses have their gifts that were given by God. Thank God.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:26 PM
 
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doctors and nurses have their gifts that were given by God. Thank God.
Doctors and nurse study and work hard. It's not a talent or gift at all.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh
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doctors and nurses have their gifts that were given by God. Thank God.
Awfully big coincidence that God started healing cancer at much higher rates as humans applied the scientific method to curing the disease.

God would never have needed to use health care professionals or medicine to cure cancer. In fact, using humans only muddies the waters in terms of who's doing the healing.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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Doctors and nurse study and work hard. It's not a talent or gift at all.
Some find the work and the study easier and/or more intuitive than others. Some are better at it. There IS native talent and aptitude involved in excelling at any work. The false notion is not that people have special abilities, but that they are specifically engineered, bestowed, installed and/or sustained by invisible divinities.

People deserve credit for using their aptitudes and abilities to the fullest extent, no matter how humble or impressive those aptitudes and abilities may be. What abilities they have is the luck of the draw, ultimately, but what they do to waste or leverage them is both their responsibility and to their credit or detriment.

This is another perfect example of how religion takes something that exists in the real world -- in this case personal strengths -- and hijacks them for god by claiming that they are more than what they actually are, they are on loan from god and would not exist without him. They are ever inventing reasons why we need god.
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