for those who don't acknowledge Him?
This is the question that has been on my heart overnight. Last night I followed a link to a blog in which the author has recently lost her husband. He died suddenly of a heart attack, leaving behind his wife and two young daughters.
In her latest post, she details some of the condolences that she's received. One of the hardest ones for her to hear is that "God has a plan". As an atheist who left God behind when she was fourteen, she is understandably bitter about the whole God thing. It is safe to say that she is fighting mad.
I was curious to read the comments of her followers. Her post was not easy to read. I found it offensive, yet I find myself sympathetic. As I read through the comments, some said, "beautiful". Some read, "you are the best mother - so strong, you'll be happy again". Then there were the proselytizing ones. There were even a few that laid out the plan of salvation to her.
I truly believe that God loves Jennie and her children. I think he loves her late husband. He created them, after all. I have always been of the thought that we are here for Him, though - not the other way around. Do you think that God has a "plan" for those who don't believe in Him? I absolutely don't have the answers, this is more of a question than a conclusion.
The wisest commenter simply said that her dad was an oncologist - a cultural Jew, but a practicing agnostic. Her remark was that believers find comfort in the love and protection of their God and that they simply wish that for her. And therein lies the reason that I believe. I can vividly remember reaching this conclusion in high school philosophy class (at a public school). That I will believe and I will live my life in the certainty that there is a God who created me and who loves me. And, if at the end of this life, I have been mistaken - I will have lost nothing. I'll have lived a life of hope and purpose. But, if at the end of this life I am joined with Him, then I will have gained everything.
I guess I'm wondering about the platitudes we give to grieving people. Are they simply missing the mark on comforting - what if they're not even true? I think if we don't know how to respond to hurting people we not only do them a disservice, but also to the God we serve.
What do you think?