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So what do you think she’ll say if there is, in fact, a miscarriage?

How sad and scary for her. No wonder she clings so desperately to these convictions.

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Jacob Olerich · July 11, 2010 at 3:57 am

I don’t know if it’s possible but I’d love to know how it does turn out, yeah?

Andrew Hall · July 11, 2010 at 8:08 am

It’s tragic in so many ways.

Tragic in the woman’s belief in the Sky Fairy, tragic in the miscarriage, and tragic in the fact this person’s future seems so bleak.

vjack · July 11, 2010 at 8:41 am

I have a friend who recently disclosed on facebook that her husband is leaving her. There must have been 30 comments containing some variant of the “I’ll pray for you” theme. Some people even had the nerve to mention “God’s plan.” Having gone through a divorce myself, I can honestly say that this would have led me to write those people off completely.

Guy · July 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

“GOD does NOT lie”

Didn’t her god tell Abraham he had to kill is son? That was a lie, right?

okfine · July 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Very sad. I’m slightly concerned that a person who recieves prophecies will be responsible for children.. anyway, this is one of those things that reminds me that modern humans have it a bit easier when it comes to writing off the supernatural. For most of us, death of yourself or your children is not a constant threat like it was for many of the people who invented the stories. Perhaps those who still experience unfair and unexplainable loss, like this person, need this stuff to get them out of bed in the morning.
Did anyone see the movie the road? While I was watching that I kept thinking that those must have been the conditions under which people had to start telling themselves fairy tales in order to go another day without committing suicide.

Laura · July 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm

In 2008, there was a guy who had tons of people praying that God would heal his wife of cancer through his blog LeBlanc Life. It was quite tragic–they were very young with a toddler. It happened right around the time I became an atheist, and I watched it pretty carefully because he was so SURE God would heal Misty (his wife) and while I would have loved to see a fairy tale ending, I could tell from the descriptions that there wouldn’t be. He used Biblical promises: where 2 or more are gathered, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, etc, and did not waiver. She died in September, and of course, it was just God’s will–he had bigger plans. Nothing about broken promises or how maybe God let him down, at least not publicly. Now he’s going into the ministry. I don’t get why people cling so hard to something that so obviously doesn’t work, especially after that big of a let down, and even more especially when so many non-Christians were watching (one of the reasons he gave at one point for why God would heal her).

This stuff happens all the time. If the person gets better, then they are forever touted as an example for why someone KNOWS prayer works. And when miracles don’t happen, they are swept under the rug as “God’s bigger plan.”

    Godless Girl · July 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    My father died of cancer in much the same fashion. Perhaps a few thousand people were praying for him all over the world as he battled stage 4. It was actually a very special process for my family, as it brought us closer together and showed us a bit more about what matters (those you love and the love you show to those who need it).

    Despite all of this prayer, all of the layings on of hands, and all of the faith… he still died as expected from the disease. Since Yahweh didn’t heal him, what did we say instead? That Yahweh healed his heart, soul, and mind. That Yahweh took him to heaven to be fully healed and restored.

    Sad, isn’t it? But people in grief and pain will hope in all kinds of things.

matt · July 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm

If there’s a miscarriage then she will decide that either whoever “prophesied” the baby to her was wrong and misinterpreted the word of god or that she sinned and god decided to kill her baby (he does that often, you know).

Sympathetic · July 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

I feel really badly for this woman, and I have pity that she is so strongly deluded in her beliefs. However.. if it’s her faith that gets her through these rough times, if it’s her faith that allows space for healing and keeps her strong in the face of what might end up as another miscarriage, then so be it. We all have a crutch for what keeps us hopeful and strong in times of hardship, and if it works, then it’s no one’s place to criticize.

Gauldar · July 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

She’ll probably make a rationalization that it was Satan that caused it… or perhaps Satan that lied to her in the first place… or perhaps everything did happen the way it was supposed to but Satan who controls the Liberal media said different. Take your pick.

Good things happen = God
Bad things happen = Satan
It’s just that easy.

Joe · July 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Since it was prophesied, and depending on what theological beliefs she’s influenced with, honestly, the reaction could range from excusing it, or to blame the person whom prophesied over her.

At the end of the day, the only tragic thing here is the loss of life. I do not find people’s belief to be tragic, or non-tragic and comparing her belief to the tragic of loss of life is an utmost idiotic comparison…especially when one doesn’t even believe in the proclamation she’s making and one thinks that is even worth comparing to the tragic sense of a miscarriage…foolish.

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