It seems to me that lately when people ask me "what's up/how are you?" I, in my attempts to be open and honest -- mind you, with people I'm only getting to know -- I'm not necessarily listened to, let alone heard, because my words are saturated with overspiritualization.
Overspiritualization; that God is behind natural disasters, 9/11, rising oil prices, the GOP, etc.
God has not changed throughout history, his nature has
however; the God of the Old Testament lead a people to war, to get to the place he prepared for them, he used disasters to bring about change to different groups of people -- especially to the Israelites.
God still could be reached by prayer; He at times changed His mind as a result! Yes prayer works, yes prayer does sometimes see results in our favor, but prayer isn't a slot machine and God isn't Mr. Potato Head -- that is, prayer isn't about getting that lucky pull and all your wants and desires get answered, and God isn't something we can shape and craft in our own image, He's not a toy, He is God and there is so much to that I can't even wrap my mind around it let alone my words.
But seriously, when people say "God caused 9/11 to happen" or "God sent Hurricane Irene to teach us a lesson" -- seriously? Your God is one who causes things to happen, to inflict pain for some object lesson or character building?
First off, how dare you say that about 9/11! Apart from it affecting our nation AND world as a whole, I lost my friend Jeffrey Collman
My thoughts are this; why can't God be God and crap be crap, and let's just separate the two, okay?
The nature of God has changed, bad things happen in this world because we're given freewill to do what we want to do -- for better or worse, and in the latter shit happens because we
allow it to happen, God doesn't leave the situation, He's in the situation, but he is not the cause
of the situation.
So when I hear rhetoric of "Everything happens for a reason" said positively in times of negativity, I grit my teeth and feel like punching the individual who is spouting such uncaring and thoughtless words.
Many times, when I am feeling low, feeling hurt, feeling like it's me vs. world, and I open up, hurt broken insecure doubtful trust-issues a'plenty me. I want people to listen rather than give me their two cents, I want people to listen and not give me advice, that's all I ask for, is that too much to ask?
I don't doubt God, but I do see these trials and tribulations I suffer currently aren't going to last forever, I know that I will get a job -- hopefully sooner than later -- and I will move on and out with my life, but I recognize my suffering isn't God toying with me, treating me like some kid screwing around with an anthill. He is there for me, He is HERE and He is helping me in these hard times. I don't always see Him, but that's because my focus is on me
rather than on Him
So please, if you're of the Judeo-Christian persuasion, please consider your words and be silent if that's what you should do. If someone DOES want advice, provide it then and perhaps only then. Don't tidy it up with overspiritualization, it might do more harm than good.Have you ever had someone give you advice that was full of spirituality but not much else? Did it help you or annoy you? Do you think God causes major disasters?