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:: vapid christianisms i'm sick of Hearing

February 17, 2007

vapid christianism :: god will never put a mountain in front of me too big for me to climb

aka :: god will never give me problems too big for me to deal with.

the offered proof :: it says so in the bible . . .

rebuttal :: the hell it does!

the breakdown :: (i’ll end the italics here since they can be really annoying and hard to read in longer passages)

okay-first off, are you even listening to yourself?

the claim is pattently false. the planet is dotted with such fixtures and damned few folk have managed to climb them. odds are good, if you use this phrase, you are one of the ones who hasn’t.

for one thing, folk who tackle killer mountains don’t whine about what god would or wouldn’t put in front of them. they say *bring it on*

second, the verse you think says that in the bible doesn’t actually say that.

1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

(copied from bibleGateway.com)

read as god’s way of saying :: *no excuses suckers*

in the realm of temptations we are all without excuse. god has, according to this passage, tempted none of us beyond what we could resist and is faithful to make a way of escape for us when we face a temptation.

however, temptation is rarely the subject when this christianism rears its ugly head. for instance, what is tempting about cancer? debt? death?

or on the smilier side, going to interview for the perfect job, finally stepping up to the plate to ask that girl you’ve been stalking erm . . . admiring . . . out on a date.

the fact is god will give you mountains you can’t climb.

she will put things in your path that you soooooooo can’t handle.

what she won’t do is put things in your path that SHE can’t handle.

often times god does give us obstacles, not to give us something to clammor over, but to force us to go around, to take a route we otherwise might not have taken . . . and to discover the things she has waiting for us on that path.

a friend of mine makes claim that god doesn’t *do* things like that as it would interfere with our precious *free will*

i won’t go into the thousands of reasons why the whole notion of free will when dealing with an infinite god is ridiculous, i will only point out that such intervention is no such thing. it gives us choices. that is all. do we tackle the obstacle or take the obvious route around? if that is interfering with free will, well, then so is every rain shower. so is every unseen root we might trip over.

so next time you encounter something tough, consider that god might be trying to redirect you. next time you embark on an uncertainty, remember that it is only uncertain to you . . . and that the mere act of striking out to test the waters will remove your uncertainty with sure experience.

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