I think back to times in my life where I faced adversity and needed real, emotional support but never got it because people offered their prayers or told me it was God's will, instead.
That's still a real trigger phrase for me. I can't stand it when religious people respond to adversity and tragedy with such a bullshit phrase as "It's God's will," and even worse, show-boating to their adoring religious public with "I'll pray for you."
Right now a friend's wife is dying and all 4,000 of his Facebook friends will post about is how they'll pray for this couple, and they literally compete with each other with what they write about God, prayers, Jesus, Heaven, Salvation, etc. I had to put my friend's Facebook page on Snooze for 30 days or I was going to lose it on his Facebook page.
When I was in hospital at 29 with a TBI after being hit off my road bike by a man driving a large sized mobility van, I was assaulted with people "praying" for me in person and over the phone to the point where I told people to leave me alone. They just didn't understand that the man driving his large van hit me b/c of the circumstances. There was nothing divine about it. Nothing.
I was distracted, he was speeding, and we collided. The only reason I survived, according to my doctor at the time, was because of the way my body was positioned when the van made impact with me on my road bike, which got run over and crushed. I cracked my skull in half, was temporarily blinded, had blood in my ears and eyes from the impact, and spent 6 months in recovery as an inpatient in a physical rehabilitation floor of a hospital and as an out patient. Not once during that time, did I question why it happened. I knew deep down, that my accident "just happened." God's Will my a**. It had nothing to do with God.
I wish that phrase and when people show boat with "I'll pray for you," didn't emotionally trigger me as an Atheist, but it still does because it's such a cop-out! Such a cop-out.
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