Sometimes I wonder if religious people process their thoughts before speaking or if they just instinctively blurt things like a person with Tourette Syndrome . Take this for example:
A plane crashes. All passengers on-board are killed except one, a small child.
After reading such a news article, it isn’t uncommon to see a few faithful attribute the child’s survival to divine intervention.
“God was looking out for that child”
Well what about the other passengers who weren’t so lucky? Why did God let them die? Why did God let the child’s parents die leaving him to grow up without his parents? Why does God bless those who are already blessed enough to live in a country like the United States, but ignore those from 3rd world countries? There is no answer. You will get a half-assed excuse at best. We’re wasting our time asking the question that way. The question really shouldn’t be “why does God”, because God probably doesn’t even exist. The question would be better phrased like this, “Why does man think a God would favor him over another?” Why does man think he plays a significant enough role in the universe that its creator, the ultimate being, would change his divine plan for him? It is just another example of man adding more qualities to his creation, the God character.
It is easy to see that it’s all just wishful thinking. There is really no way for these people to know whether a deity really intervened or not and there certainly is no concrete proof to believe it. But it would be comforting to do so. I guess. How simple would it be to have an invisible confidant by your side, who listens to your every word. Who watches over you and protects you. I find more comfort in knowing that I’m most likely alone. I find more comfort in knowing the truth, and not deluding myself. I’m not special and there is no afterlife of heavenly bliss or eternal hellfire waiting for me. At this moment I can only know that there is just one life and I am living it right now. Anything beyond this one life is a human construct designed to appease ourselves.