This kind of thing is a pet peeve of mine:
I don’t know all, but God does. He and his gifts belongs to all people, including atheists & muslims, IF they repent and choose Him. He’s not an enabler so we have to be responsible for our choices. He’s given us free will which is hard to manage without Him.
We are like automatons, squandering our free will on stupid things. Like alcohol, or excess in anything. But God is merciful and redeems. Mr. Schmuck got the chance to prove his integrity with $26.
He chose excess alcohol so he reaps alcoholism. Still he has integrity, which many “high ranking” men don’t. And all of these things are His blessings and teachings and gifts!
Repent?! Repent for what? Because they happen to be born in another country? Because they happen to have a different culture? She listed Atheists and Muslims together there together and then said “if they choose Him”. First, the Muslims did choose “Him” – they believe in the same god you do. Second, god/Jesus wouldn’t forgive an Atheist? Really? They’ll forgive murderers and rapists but they won’t forgive Atheists? (If I have to capitalize Christian and Muslim, I’m capitalizing Atheist.)
“He’s given us free will which is hard to manage without him.” Well that was really nice of the all-knowing god to do for us. “Here you go, have some free will. Oh yeah but you’re really going to suck at it so have fun with that.” That just makes your god look like a dick. Also it completely ignores the billions of people on this planet who go about their days doing right and good things. The actions of a few hundred thousand murders and other criminals doesn’t negate that overall our species is pretty awesome. We have the potential to do horrible short-sighted things, yes, but we don’t have the benefit of omnipotence. Gee, if only we had access to someone with such a power who could/would directly and unambiguously help us out… Or if only we had been made not to be that way. Oh right I forgot, god is “mysterious” which is Arrogant Christian for “I don’t fucking know, stop asking these uncomfortable questions about the built-in contradiction of an all-powerful sky fairy.” Or it’s possible we’re just here, on our own, and we have to make our own way and our own rules for the benefit of everyone while we have the chance (since apparently god “designed” us only to be around for an arbitrary 80 years…ooooor we evolved that way).
Not that I’m saying all Christians are arrogant, by the way, but in the context of the discussion from this comment smacks of insulting condescension and ignorance. Some Christians are awesome, so I don’t want this to be seen as an attack on Christians. It’s not. It’s an attack on this kind of Christian and this attitude of “god gets the credit for every awesome thing we do and none of the blame for the bad things we do, cause you see the bad stuff is just because we suck”. Apparently instead of giving this guy the power not to drink, god gave him the integrity to pay back 26 bucks. Sure he’ll probably die of heart or liver disease, develop diabetes, or have a stroke. But he has integrity. Its his fault he’s an alcoholic, because people are weak and stupid. Isn’t god’s majesty a wonderful thing to behold?
Are you kidding me?
The story is not how god helped this man. This is a story of how one person asked another for help and got it. He was so grateful for this help that he was motivated to work to pay off the debt rather than be a dead beat drunk. Human compassion and gratefulness are the inspiration here, not god’s so-called backwards gifts that put him in that position in the first place only to get him out of it again in the most roundabout way.
Human beings are capable of good things and people like this just ignore it so they can fawn all over god’s awesomeness some more. Give people a little credit. We deserve it, and in the end we’re all we’ve got.