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I thought it might be interesting to post on Christian thought (yes there is such a thing!) and how we view certain events, and how we attribute these events to God rather than chance occurrences in the course of day to day life. I’m not referring to political/social views or organized religions such as the Catholic Church and its doctrine, only to a typical individuals thought process concerning religion.
Not too long ago I had my molars out, hence the pic of dental horror atop this post. Due to my age (not as old as Mike-when Mike was in school the Civil War wasn’t taught in History but in Current Events – but I’m still old) the doctor insisted I be knocked out. I became convinced I wasn’t gonna come out of the anesthesia, nervousness turned into apprehension which turned into genuine fear.
The morning of the procedure I was sitting in the oral surgeons office alternately crossing myself, praying and saying Hail Mary’s. Before I go on, I should mention the instrumental Pachelbel Canon D has special meaning to my daughters and I. It played in Father of the Bride when the father spent a last few moments playing basketball with his daughter the day before her wedding. I raised my girls as a single parent so the scene and the song have meaning to us. I’d gifted them both with the CD, and hearing the song always makes our eyes meet and a good thought always passes between us.
You can probably guess what’s coming next. The receptionist apparently turned on the office sound system and yep, Pachelbel Canon D began to play. My fear and nerves and apprehension disappeared because it was a sign from God. I thanked Him in prayers on a daily basis afterward.
I’m fully aware there are millions if not billions of random intersecting events and their resulting causation-and not all of us leap up and run out of whatever room we’re in shouting “It’s a miracle!” whenever something fortuitous occurs. From the non-religious persons viewpoint, he or she can easily point out how coincidences happen on a regular daily basis. They may also ask if God answers my prayer regarding dental work, where is He when I pray for wars to end? Or why would He answer the prayer of an old guy scared of a pill and a drill but not the prayers of the mother of a starving child in Zaire?
I don’t have an enlightened response to any of those questions. I believe, I just do. It may sound nutty and it may sound stupid, but that honestly is the way most of the Christian and Muslim and Jewish faithful view life’s events.
One other observation I might make, is that if your faith is real there is no need to be defensive about it, or judgmental. Which is why other viewpoints don’t bother me; I never get offended by people sharing their atheist or agnostic beliefs. All of us are shaped by our environment and our interpretation of what shaped that environment.
I believe in Heaven and Hell, I believe He rewards those with faith. I further believe we are judged on our basic decency. If one believes that, come Judgment Day there will be a whole bunch of surprised atheists boarding the UP elevator to pick up their harps, while a whole bunch of equally surprised racist hateful Christian fundamentalists will be trudging into the DOWN elevator.